Embracing the Farmhouse Trend: Tips for Decorating Your Home

Does the warmth of farmhouse décor call to you? Do you appreciate the charm and character it offers?

farmhouse-trend-1Are you ready to create the farmhouse look in your home? If so, it takes some work. It’s a game of balancing the old with the new and ensuring a rustic and welcoming outcome. The space should be clean, warmhearted, and stylish, without being full of rooster paraphernalia and dried flowers.

Don’t worry, if you are a little confused, you can learn everything you need to know about embracing the farmhouse style in your home here.

Are you ready to create the farmhouse trend in your home? 


Choose Neutral Colors for Your Walls

If you are ready to fully embrace farmhouse décor, you have to create the right foundation. The best way to get this foundation is by choosing a neutral shade for your home’s walls.

Try to avoid the use of bright or dark colors, and don’t paint every room a different color. Try to choose gray, cream, or even a soft beige – you don’t have to go all white. By selecting this lighter shade for your home’s walls, you can create the right backdrop for the other décor you plan to use.

Also, by keeping your walls within a color scheme, you can create a calming space that helps everything “flow” together.

Utilize Dimension

For a big change, add wainscoting, shiplap, or beadboard to your home. If you look at images of homes that use the farmhouse style, they likely have something in common – a look of dimension and even texture for the walls.

Many true farmhouses actually had rustic shiplap in them. Make sure to start small, for example, add beadboard to your bathroom, wainscoting in the dining area, or shiplap to your living area. You can even opt for planked walls in the bedroom. Each of these options is going to help set the tone for the rest of your farmhouse style décor.

Mix New and Old Elements (and New Elements that Look Old)

Try to mix older, vintage items with something fresh and new. For example, rather than using a traditional vase for your fresh flowers, use something vintage, such as an old flour sifter.

You can use this “rule” for your wall décor too. For example, you can have a vintage-looking painting of your home created if you go to Instapainting. Hanging this new picture (that looks old) is going to help continue that farmhouse style.

Stay Away from Bright Colors

As mentioned above, light colored walls are best. However, it’s also a good idea to avoid using crazy or bright colors in the other décor too, if you want to create a true farmhouse look.

While this may not sound great to some people, the fact is, neutral colors can help create a cozier and more calming feel in your home. Some colors to try to avoid include purple, orange, red, etc. Keep in mind though, this isn’t a hard and fast rule you have to follow. It’s your home and you can mix in pops of bright colors as you like, it is advised to keep this at a minimum, though.

Wire Baskets are a Must-Have

Using wire baskets throughout your home is a great way to create that rustic, farmhouse feel in your home. There are endless possibilities, too.

Consider adding the baskets to your wall or using a big one for pillow storage. You can use them for towels and toilet paper in the bathroom, and for placemats or other necessities in the kitchen.

Implement Wood Elements

Consider adding wood into your décor. This can help a more rustic, true farmhouse vibe. Some items to consider using include antique spindles or washboards.

You can even source old barnwood to make signs for your home. This is a great way to upcycle materials that may not be used again, too.


One of the easiest and fastest ways for you to alter the way any space feels is by changing the lighting. This is the best way to change the vibe in any space, without having to spend much time or money on the process.

Paint Your Old Furniture

Do you have older furniture that appears worn out? If so, try to freshen it up with a coat of paint. If you are new to painting furniture, this transformation is going to amaze you.

Remember, this doesn’t work for all furniture and there are some pieces that are better looking if you leave them alone. Use your judgment and consider what is going to work best in your new farmhouse space.

farmhouse-look-rustic-homeEnjoy the rustic surroundings? Why not create your own farmhouse look at home? 

Creating the Farmhouse Look at Home

It doesn’t matter if you live in a house that was built in 1930 or 2019, you can effectively create the farmhouse look and “vibe” in any space. Use the tips here to get started and then add your own, personal touches that help to make the space yours.

When you are finished with all the work and decorating, you are going to love what you have created. Even better, it’s going to be a comfortable, warm, and inviting space you can share with your friends and loved ones.

Erin Emanuel