Farmhouse style is great for many reasons and it’s no surprise that practically everyone is swooning over it. lt’s a very charming look that just feels super comfy and inviting. And surprisingly, it isn’t hard to achieve. It doesn’t require you to live on a farm or splurge all your cash on new furniture. It’s a style that can be built up over time.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite farmhouse decor along with some helpful decorating tips to achieve the farmhouse look. Scroll through and let me know what you think! But always… the chippier, the better, of course!This article may contain affiliate links. For more information, visit my disclosure page.
Mirrors and Wall Art
Pieces like mirrors, chalkboards and other wall art is very important to get the farmhouse feel. You can have a perfectly furnished room with all the couches, tables and chairs just how you like them, but if your walls are empty, the room looks unfinished. Farmhouse style is all about simple, inviting spaces that look a bit lived-in. And to me, having bare walls make a space too empty and cold.
When buying pieces, my biggest tip is to buy pieces that fit the space. Large walls require large art pieces or well thought out collages. Throwing up a bunch of small pieces on a large living room wall will just look messy and cluttered. Save those pieces for smaller spaces like hallways or bathrooms–give each piece the appreciation it deserves and don’t make your wall art compete for attention! Invest in a few large pieces that fill your wall space and it will look much more intentional rather than thrown together.
Don’t be afraid of some texture, or 3-dimensional pieces! Repurpose an old headboard or hang trays and shallow baskets on the wall. The unexpected, unconventional art are great for conversation pieces. And just like the rest of your decor, make sure to keep your choices fairly simple and neutral in color.
Baskets, Buckets and Trays
Many farmhouse homes have vignettes on vignettes on vignettes, and I love it. Using baskets, buckets and trays are a great way to corral all your decor pieces into one meaningful display. Use them as decorative storage or make them a statement piece on their own. Either way, rustic containers are a key element to get that farmhouse style everyone is dying over.
One key aspect of farmhouse style is: texture > color. I know I keep saying “neutrals, neutrals, neutrals!” but I really believe it’s an important thing to remember. And having a neutral space isn’t boring by any means! At least I don’t think so. Neutrals provide a relaxing, calming space that allow you to really highlight things such as architecture or key features in your room. So go for some storage that is full of texture, natural tones and rustic materials.
When shopping for baskets or trays, look for pieces that coordinate well with other textures you’ve already got going on. Image some spaces in your home that could use a tray to display some candle sticks and a plant, or a basket that can hold your extra throw blankets. Build vignettes in your head while shopping and your spaces will come together beautifully. But one of the biggest tips: always check thrift stores and garage sales! If you’re lucky, you’ll find some steals.
Rugs, Throw Pillows and Blankets
My personal favorite thing about farmhouse style is how inviting it feels. It can be the middle of winter or a beautiful spring morning, it always feels cozy. I think a big part of that is because of all the textiles and fabrics that are typically seen. Heavy quilts or airy, white curtains, I love it all. Things like blankets and throw pillows are really like the icing on the cake when it comes to an inviting, country home.
Farmhouse is a mix of industrial, rustic, vintage, country and simple design. So finding fabrics that fit the bill for all these styles might sounds a bit tricky, but I promise it isn’t. Keep your fabrics a natural material like cotton or wool and they’ll not only look nicer and more expensive, they’ll also feel softer. Avoid synthetic, shiny materials if you’re going for a strict farmhouse look, you don’t want to throw off your look with modern fabrics. Go ahead and find yourself a rug or throw pillows that you absolutely swoon over. Keep these out all year and then switch out other pieces seasonally. You’ll find that you’ll always be happy with your space if you keep these favorites out year round.
And you’ll never guess what color scheme I’m going to suggest. Ready for it..? Neutrals! No surprise there! Keeping your staples like curtains, blankets, quilts, tablecloths and all those other fabrics a neutral tone allows for fun, seasonal switches. If your biggest pieces are neutral, smaller items like throw pillows or napkins can be fun, seasonal colors. If you want some more inspiration, check out my farmhouse throw pillow post.
Florals and Decor
If the textiles are the icing on the cake, decor pieces are the sprinkles. I will admit, some of my favorite decor pieces have been found at either thrift stores or garage sales. They come with a story and they’re one-of-a-kind pieces, which can’t be beat. But sometimes, thrifting runs a little dry and you need to get some other pieces from craft and decorating stores, which is always great too! Especially with the farmhouse style being so popular, there’s a lot of different stores that you can shop at to get your desired look.
Buying florals and decor pieces is by far the most fun because you don’t necessarily have to have a planned spot to put them in your home. Just buy what speaks to you! These smaller items are interchangeable and be be moved around from room to room to get different looks. Once you’ve got a little collection, you’ve got hundreds of different looks just by swapping decor pieces.
Finally, here is where you can start to get a little bit more fun with color. If you really love the color purple and don’t want to give that up, then don’t! Buy purple flowers or purple vases or purple accents. Just make sure that you keep a nice, neutral balance! Once you start adding in too many colors, it will lose the farmhouse charm and start to look more eclectic.
Remember, all these tips are just my personal opinions. In no way am I saying this is the correct or only way to decorate. Farmhouse style is all about comfort and whatever makes you feel at home. I love the idea of blending decor styles or making a style that is all your own!
I’d love to know what you’d describe your home decorating style as!