Last month we talked about identifying your design style. We promised to focus on popular styles over the coming months to help refine the look you aspire to achieve.
If you answered the style quiz and found you are drawn to warm, calming, neutral colors Prefer clean lines mixed with cozy elements. If you find happiness and comfort by blending the old with the new, while combining practical function, then the modern farmhouse style might be right for you.
Farmhouses architecture originated in Scandinavia and was introduced to the United States in the 1700’s. Farmhouses were built to last even the most severe weather conditions which is why so many are still standing today.
They often boasted wrap around porches, large kitchens, and both functional and formal spaces, separated by double doors or pocket doors to close rooms off or open them up for entertaining. They were also designed this way to create air flow throughout the home.
When you think Farmhouse you think of white exteriors. Lime paint, referred to as whitewashing protected a home from the elements, it was inexpensive, and easy to apply, while giving the exterior a fresh look, which is why many farmhouses had white exteriors. I'm telling you if you have never white washed something give it a try. It's so easy even your kids can partake. Why do you think those picket fences were white?
While your home may not look like a traditional farmhouse on the exterior you can easily create the look on the interior of your home. Today, the modern farmhouse style fuses the interior style of another era with neutral wall colors, natural fabrics, and weathered woods and metals. Like this one from our renovation on Devonshire. This particular home is an 6000 sq ft. 1970's rambler with very formal and traditional exterior finishes original to the home.
To achieve the look start with neutral walls. Some of our favorite colors are Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (SW7554), Agreeable Gray (SW7029) and Snowfall (SW6000). Other elements like butcher block countertops, apron sinks, and weathered wrapped beams can help complete the canvas of your interior.
The farmhouse era was a time of simplicity filled with charm and character, interiors were an evolution. Consider mixing family heirlooms, found items, and repurposed finds to achieve the look. Slip cover a chair using ticking or grain sack fabric.
Add texture to your walls with wallpaper, barn board or ship lap. Utilitarian pieces used on the farm can be infused into your decor. Perhaps an enamel pitcher as a vase, or a galvanized wash tub to store blankets.
Grab your old sweaters to create texture by making throw pillows. Most importantly, add items that cultivate memories or make you feel happy. Don’t worry about them matching perfectly or fitting a prescribed farmhouse style. Just have fun.
You don’t have to be a professional to restyle your home. Jump start your summer refresh without breaking the bank with these helpful hints.
As spring turns to summer we get the itch to refresh our homes. And, we know you get all itchy too, as requests for us to redesign and restyle your homes increase in May and June. It goes something like this.
Shop your home. It’s free! Pilfer from other rooms in your home. If you have a lot of energy, completely empty the room, leaving only foundational pieces. Then slowly gather furnishings and décor that work with your master plan. Repurpose with what you already have. That serving tray taking up space in your pantry, placed atop your coffee table with a few vases filled with greenery, is a great example.
Set a budget and shop for pieces that will create a layered look. Varied textures and textiles create warmth and help ground a room. Don’t be afraid to mix metals, woods, plants, and fabrics. Hanging macramé planters, along with wall art and pillows seems to be popping up everywhere. Who knew they would make a comeback? Add galvanized photo frames, a favorite heirloom coffee table, cream accent lamps and accessories next to a well-used leather sofa tricks the eye into focusing on the contrasting hues instead of that sofa you used to loathe. Image by Birch Lane
Lighten your bedding. Buy a duvet cover in a light color to replace your current comforter. Add pops of color with throw pillows for a crisp look.
Speaking of pillows, don’t ditch your old throw pillows. Search for vibrant pillow covers instead.
Add an accent wall. Contrasting hues draw the eye to a focal point. Accents walls distract from imperfections and highlight your home’s best features. Paint is always an easy solution. But what about shiplap and barn wood on the wall? Both are hot trends right now. LVT (luxury vinyl tile) found in most box stores, comes in thousands of styles, is inexpensive and relatively easy to install, even on a wall! Check out this example from Wayfair.
Consider updating cabinet hardware & outdated fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms.
As you embark on your summer edits, consider the words of Salvador Dali: “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it”. Instead, have fun and resist overthinking. Shop yard sales, thrift shops, auctions, and local retailers for fun and unique finds. The hunt for that perfect finds can be just as enjoyable as the end results.
Need some more inspiration? Check out some of our work.
Angela and Dave Schrad
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