Modern Farmhouse: What does that mean?

Well, there are many essential elements to the Modern Farmhouse trend.

To start with it is a blend of styles. It can be industrial, rustic, mid-century modern, contemporary, or traditional. It has to be comfortable, simple, uncluttered, and neutral and it is a very nurturing design style with natural textures, fibers, and materials that are key.
Modern Farmhouse is a trend that has been building for a long time. Think Pottery Barn. You might believe Fixer Upper started the trend, but if you really consider it, how many of my clients started asking for the Pottery Barn look in reaction to the overly done Mediterranean or Tuscan style. People were craving simplicity, light and airy interiors, and a respite from the nastiness of the world we currently live in. We want a home that speaks of family, whatever your version of that might be, that has a sense of casualness to it so that you can just live in it, and we don’t want a lot of things adding to the chaos of our daily lives.

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So what does this Modern Farmhouse look like?

• We all know about ship lap. But what about board and batten? Woodwork is king, whether it is natural looking or whitewashed. You’ll find it on walls, floors, and now on ceilings. Wide plank flooring and simple wood mantles are widely desired. Tall and less detailed baseboards and no crown moldings.
• Salvaged materials such as reclaimed barn wood or beams, antique signs, vintage doors, or more uniquely, found items from places like flea markets.
• Neutral colors such as white, cream, grey, blue, and now black. It’s fresh and clean.
• We see pops of fun colors, items with a sense of humor, or nostalgia. Anything goes. Watch for cool shades of turquoise coming into 2019.
• Barn doors… they are on everything including cabinetry and furniture. They can be traditional barn style or contemporary and sleek, as long as they slide.
• Mixed metals. Did you ever think we’d be mixing black and gold? Or copper with chrome? Shiny with matte. Galvanized steel, iron, bronze and who would think it, but gold is back! Nothing is really out of style except matching.
• Light fixtures are now statement pieces. Large, unique, and interesting. Fixtures can include farm or factory elements. You can mix something beachy with rope, shells, beads… or even crystal. It doesn’t matter anymore. Contemporary lighting has exploded lately. The designs, options, and finishes are plentiful. They can make a room even more so than the furnishings.
• Exposed brick or beams, bring ‘em on. We like seeing the raw structural elements of a building. It reminds us that homes are handcrafted and not machine made.
• Big open kitchens with large islands, apron front sinks, oversized pendant lighting, great bar stools, marble counter tops or quartz that resembles it, farm tables, mismatched chairs, shaker style or slab front cabinets.
• Subway tile is so popular. But what about turning it vertically, chevron, or some other pattern. Does it have to be white? Nope! Or, if you are using white, try a colored grout. Talk about pattern. Hexagons are all the raging as well. Large scale tiles, meaning up to 48 inches long. Have you seen those beautifully patterned concrete tiles?
• Natural materials are canvas, cotton, wool, linen, stone, wood, wicker, rattan, sisal, glass or leather.
• Contemporary elements might be bathroom vanities that are hung from the wall with open floor space below. Sleek slipper tubs or black framed shower glass.

Modern Farmhouse has many versions or translations and is an ever-evolving style.  It’s clean, modern, and simple with nods to the past.

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