HOW TO GET FARMHOUSE STYLE.
When I rebranded back in March, I titled this a DIY Farmhouse blog. We’ve got the DIY part down, but for some of you, you may be asking yourself what exactly constitutes farmhouse style? Sure you’ve seen (or at least heard of) shows like Fixer Upper. You find stunning photos of old things made new. But you aren’t exactly sure how to create this style or even what it is. Well, I’m here to help you out. And give some definition to my blog and my style journey. Once you’ve got the basics of farmhouse styling, sign up below to grab my TOTALLY FREE Five-Minutes to Farmhouse Style Checklist.
How I discovered my style.
Have you ever been drawn to something, like it was a magnet pulling you in? But you resist and resist until finally, it was easier just to give in? That was me and the discovery of my style. I grew up in very traditional American Farmhouse that was built in 1949. I loved my childhood home but never came to truly appreciate it’s uniqueness until much later in life. (currently searching for photos just to show you how cool and unique that house was) What I wouldn’t give to go back to that place!
Since I grew up surrounded by this style, I felt the need to rebel against it. I tested many different color pallets and different styles. Mostly a hodgepodge of pieces either handed down or gifted. In college I had a bright red accent wall in the living room. I even tried the color brown on a teeny-tiny bedroom. But nothing was cohesive or left me feeling like a design star, haha. I’m still trying to overcome this today. It wasn’t until the more recent years that I felt a calling back to my childhood roots. I think you can say farmhouse is in my veins.
What every says about Farmhouse style.
Sarah from Little Vintage Nest says “[Farmhouse Style] it does mean you are decorating and styling your home with a simple and practical mindset that often comes with living the country life.”
Ann from On Sutton Place stated in her post The Beginner’s Guide to Farmhouse Style “Farmhouse style is welcoming, casual and liveable. There are cozy, slipcovered sofas, plump pillows from soft natural textiles and easy vintage-inspired accessories.”
I love this quote from The Design Twins “More importantly it is a beloved and growing trend with real people, not just designers and trend setters. Why all the popularity? Because anyone and everyone can achieve it”
What exactly is Farmhouse Style?
If I were to define Farmhouse, I would say it is a warm and cozy dwelling place, full of modestly classic elements, layered in warm wood tones and mixed with brightness. When farmhouse comes to mind, I think of simplicity. A practical living space where function and style collide. It’s homey yet classic. It’s nostalgic!
The farmhouse style that we know and love came to be towards the end of the Great Depression. The railway was making its way across the nation which allowed for easier transportation of goods such as lumber. Yet we were coming out of a time period where people were frugal with their style. Most farmer’s who build these types of houses weren’t able to afford an expensive architect. They were often the builders, designer, and stylist all in one. So farmhouse’s developed that classic symmetric design that I love. Everything about these homes were basic. What character you often see is from the ingenuity of their creative thinking.
I believe this is where the true DIYer was born. Maybe that is why so many DIYers today are drawn to this classic style. They would often use what they had on hand, like books pages to wallpaper a wall. They would use a limewash on the exterior of the house to prevent mold from building up. Thus the classic black and white color pallet were established.
How can I incorporate Farmhouse Style into my home?
Wanting to know how you can incorporate Farmhouse Style in your space in minutes? I have a handy-dandy checklist to help you out. Here are a few KEY elements from that list. If you are ready to learn more, sign up below for my weekly newsletter and receive a copy of my Five-Minute Farmhouse Checklist.
- To start incorporating farmhouse style, you want a nice light color pallet. Often times white was used because it was a more economical choice, today you will find light greys and blues also used just to add in a touch of color. My favorite farmhouse colors are Repose Grey by Sherwin Williams or Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
- Carpet would have never been a wise choice on a farm, so wood floors were the go-to flooring option. You can spice things up with a fun rug or stained concrete but keep those floors hard for a true farmhouse feel.
- Incorporate wood tones with large pieces of furniture. Paint would have been a luxury, so furnishings were often bare wood. It was a perfect way to add some warm tones into your space. Use large pieces to help anchor a room like an armor or a buffet. These pieces are now versatile and can be used in any room.
- Add 3D elements to your walls. Harnessing that ingenuity our farmhouse forefathers set before us, I love adding unusual items to your wall for decor. Not only do they add a fun element, but they take up a ton of real estate so that you aren’t having to hand a ton of frames…score! Check out my book wall tutorial to see what 3D elements I’ve recently added.
- Classic accents like baskets, pillows, signs, and dishware make excellent fillers to cap off your farmhouse style.
I feel like I’ve only skimmd the surface of defining farmhouse style. There are so many elements that can go into your unique style. That’s the fun part, you can be as creative as you would like. If you want to know even more about the elements that go into Farmhouse Style, then make sure to sign up below for my weekly newsletter and I’ll pop a fun checklist into your inbox!
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