Enjoy simple living by adding farmhouse style to your home

I know the farmhouse style isn’t exactly glamorous, but it does have a quiet elegance that is both charming and peaceful. Its simplicity is refreshing and I feel relaxed just browsing pictures of farmhouse interiors!

If you often dream of living in an old farmhouse, but don’t like the idea of moving out to the country, don’t worry. You can add elements of the farmhouse style to your home no matter where you live. While searching for the perfect furniture and decor, let these helpful reminders guide you along the way.

#1 Simple is beautiful

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Photo credit: Pinterest

You don’t have to fill your home with trendy accessories, loud patterns and bold colors to design a stylish interior. By following a “less is more” attitude, your home can be a peaceful retreat.

#2 The “weathered” look is good!

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Photo credit: Desire to inspire

It’s not too often when you’re actually encouraged to go out and buy worn-out wooden furniture, but the farmhouse style relies on weathered tables, cupboards, desks and chairs to make the look complete. Consider a fashionably worn farmhouse table for the dining room or an antique-style coffee table in the living room.

#3 Burlap and linen are essential fabrics

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Photo credit: Pinterest

The farmhouse style isn’t smooth like silk. It’s course and textured like burlap. Consider rustic fabrics such as burlap and linen for curtains, accent pillows and other accessories.

#4 White doesn’t have to be boring

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Photo credit: Pinterest

In farmhouses, white is almost always the dominate color. White walls, white dishes, white cabinetry…the list goes on and on! Use decorative items to incorporate brighter colors such as yellow.

#5 There’s no such thing as “too much wood”

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Photo credit: Flickr

Wooden furniture and counter-tops fit in perfectly with the farmhouse style. If you have hardwood floors, don’t cover them up with carpet! A rug will add warmth and still let your beautiful flooring show.

#6 A farmhouse-style house is not complete without a farmhouse sink

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Photo credit: Pinterest

As the farmhouse style rises in popularity, so do farmhouse sinks. Add one in your kitchen for a distinct look.

You don’t have to actually live in a farmhouse to enjoy its style. The right furniture, colors and decor will transform your interior and help you create the look you want.

By Wendy Weinert

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

Your home is a place that provides comfort and relaxation, especially at the end of a busy and stressful day. This is why its interiors should be designed not only to bring out your personality, but also to evoke coziness that can help alleviate the day’s worries. A rustic design is a great way to achieve this, as it brings the simplicity and beauty of the outdoors inside your home.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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Below are some ideas that can help you achieve a rustic look and feel to your home.

1. Choose a color theme

Start by selecting a color theme to ensure coordination of your home décor and design. Often, the rustic looks borrows earthy tones that remind you of nature. Brown, green, tan, rust, and gray are perfect base tones that you can accentuate with shades of caramel and cream. The perfect combination of colors helps to present the design, and can fill a space with warmth.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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2. Use wood

What better way to bring the outdoors in than by using wood? Whether it is wooden floors, wooden walls, or antique furniture, wood is an important element in achieving a rustic design. Having an important piece of antique wood furniture can also serve as the focal point in any given room, thus bringing about that rustic style that you’re aiming for.

3. Add texture

Equally important to the color of any given wall or furniture is the texture. The right texture used on the right surface can provide varying visual effects. Utilizing paint effects and different layers of fabrics and finishing are a great way to add texture to your living space. This can surely help you achieve that outdoorsy look and feel in your home.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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4. Choose floor material wisely

Pay attention to the type of material used for your floor. Ideally, opt for stone or timber. Hardwood floors are attractive as well, and the look can be accentuated with the right kind of rugs.

5. Accessorize

Interesting accessories can greatly enhance any type of home or room design, and can add that unique sense of individuality any homeowner wants to show off. This can be achieved by using furniture and knick-knacks such as old grandfather clocks and vintage vases. Soften hardwood or stone floors by using woven rugs of interesting design and color. For curtains and furniture covers, use fabrics that can add more depth and character. Patchwork quilts work great for rustic home designs and can be used in a variety of ways.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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As more and more people are on the lookout for ways to improve their quality of life and living, going back to basics is a great direction in more ways than one. Rustic-styled homes are just one of the many ways to incorporate the vibrance of nature into our daily lives. With proper planning, a rustic-styled home can be obtained quite easily through the perfect balance of the outdoors and your own personal style.

 

About the author: Angie Cole is a fan of everything vintage and admires true old-world craftsmanship. She is a fan of Antiques on Old Plank Road, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces.

By Angie Cole