Style Identification | Modern Farmhouse

Joanna Gaines has made modern farmhouse and highly-sought out style.  It's casual, comfortable, lived-in, unpretentious and versatile.  For families with kids, it allows mom to have a space she feels looks finished and stylish while also being able to incorporate function for her family.  So we're here today to highlight this fun style and explain exactly what factors you should look for when implementing or identifying the modern farmhouse style.

One of the biggest parts of modern farmhouse is the wood elements scattered throughout. If your home has wood beams, that's a huge modern farmhouse element.  These are reminiscent of old barns and exposed trusses and give a home a warm element.

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The kitchen is a huge part of tying the design style together in any home but a modern farmhouse kitchen is truly the heart of the home.  A modern farmhouse kitchen is well-used and well-loved.  It's not pristine. matchy-matchy, and perfectly tailored.  It's a little eclectic and exposed.   Open shelving is common element in the modern farmhouse because your grandmas cups should be on display!  Modern farmhouse kitchens have a variety of cabinet colors in the kitchen but whites and navys are used most often.

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It wouldn't be a farmhouse without a barn door.  And since barn doors can be added at any point, it's an easy element to include even if you're redecorating your house to make it look modern farmhouse without doing a lot of remodeling.  The great thing about barn doors is that they come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes so it doesn't take much to find one that will work in your home.

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Once you get to the furnishings part of your modern farmhouse, there are a few elements that are essential to flow with the the theme.  The first is a wood dining table (usually trestle) oftentimes with bench seating.  This goes with the whole "the kitchen is the heart of the home" mentality and the functionality of a dining area for large parties.  Wood furniture is warm and relatively inexpensive.  It can be beautiful in pristine condition and also fit in well after it's been used and has some character.  Benches are also a much more casual look in the dining room and lots of kids can be squeezed on one for maximized seating. :)

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Finally, woven furniture and accents are another essential element when decorating a modern farmhouse style home.  Rattan and sea grass area all over the furnishings market in the version of chairs, lights, baskets, and even door fronts.  You'll have no shortage of options to incorporate into your home.

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What do you think?  Are you ready to re-decorate your home in the modern farmhouse style? It's really not that hard!  We promise!

 

 

Pinpointing Your Home's Style Direction | The Question To Ask

Many people get confused about what style they like best.  They are conflicted because they like a variety of looks and can't seem to pinpoint the one that they want to commit to.  Because of that, it is common for homeowners to feel like their homes don't look finished or pulled together and it's frustrating.  The beauty of design is that it's ok if it incorporates a mix of styles.  Homes that aren't cookie-cutter or too "model-home ish" are comfortable and unique.  A home that's too perfect doesn't feel like a home.  And when your home has  it's own special mix of styles, you know there's no other home quite like it.  Homes should also be a reflection of people who live in them. It's not a design faux paux to have a home that reflects your personal taste, no matter what the design magazines say.  If you love it, that's all that matters.  You live in it!  Styles and tastes can bed edited, or refined, though, so don't think we're just saying that it's ok to put whatever wherever.  

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However, we think that the best place to start when trying to pinpoint your home's style direction is by asking yourself how you want your home to feel.  Feelings can be different from person to person but this simple question gives you a very clear starting point.  If you want your home to feel comfortable and cozy, you probably won't decorate with super modern furniture that has hard lines and is somewhat sterile feeling, even if you love that look in a magazine.

Aside from how you want your home to feel to you, there's also the question of how you want others to feel in your home.  Some people are super concerned about their guests being relaxed in their homes.  They might have house guests a lot and accessibility and comfort are the most important things to them.  While others might entertain a lot and while they want their home to look and feel finished, flow and ease of passage throughout the common areas is super important to them.

A lot of times, the way you desire your home to feel will affect color choices as well.  If you want it to feel cozy, you may go with warmer color choices.  Whereas, if you want it to feel breezy and open, you may select brighter whites and cool color choices.

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Oftentimes, the way people determine that they want their home to "feel" is an immediate reflection of their general style so once they determine their home's feeling, taking the style direction que while also incorporating their own personal likes is much easier and comes more naturally.

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We think the most important thing is that you love your home, though!  A home is a monetary investment and a time investment but it also plays a large part in whatever journey you are on.  Once you are happy with the way your home looks and feel relaxed in it, it can quickly become your retreat from the world...which is something we think everyone needs!  So don't neglect it or yourself!