How to Get the Elevated Farmhouse Look—No Matter Where You Live
Ah, to escape to the country. The bucolic landscapes, the quaint and idyllic homes… The leisurely walks in your Wellies, and lingering afternoons by the fireplace. The epitome of comfort—it feels as though the quintessential farmhouse style lends itself just as well to a balmy summer day as it does a frigid winter night. But what if we could get that same sense of snug comfort, peace, and homeliness in our bustling city lives? Get ready to style even the most urban apartment into a quiet but very chic farmhouse. We promise it’s possible!
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The British are excellent at working with—not against—a building’s history. Before you gut renovate, sand down to the original finishes and materials that make up your home to give it a sense of history.
Matte and distressed woods are the way to go in a farmhouse. Don’t be afraid to mix and match various light to dark wood tones, as these will create interesting layers in your space.
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Farmhouses are often decorated in layers of neutral tones. Instead of color, textures, like reclaimed wood, and chunky knits, create a snug atmosphere.
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Barnhouse or schoolhouse—these lighting fixtures are often porcelain industrial pendants that were traditionally used in small towns across America. To this day, they are extremely affordable, but their clout as design collectibles has gone way up.
Whether appointed with a traditional table, or a rustic kitchen island, the farmhouse kitchen is usually anchored with a large surface used for eating, prepping food, arranging flowers, and more. Bonus points if it displays a lavish array of fresh farm-to-table ingredients.
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For an ultra-luxe farmhouse look, go for a single shade of neutral from floor to ceiling. Enrich your space with rugged textures like seagrass and distressed leather.
Part of the appeal of country life is the amount of space and time it promises. One of the easiest ways to fake this in a city apartment is to get an ultra-comfortable, extra-deep sofa and appoint it with plush pillows and throws—you’ll want to linger on all afternoon.
From oil paintings to antique chandeliers and vintage chairs, farmhouses are built on the idea that it is passed on within families from generation to generation. Re-create that sense of tradition with family heirlooms and antique finds.
Fear not if family heirlooms aren’t freely circulating among your nearest and dearest—that’s what flea markets are for! You’d be surprised how chic a dusty vintage frame can look in a fresh environment.
Even the most rustic farmhouses are instantly elevated with a danish modern chair, or a sculptural table. Perfect the art of the mix blending periods and styles effortlessly. After all, it’s supposed to look like it’s been haphazardly put together.
This is not the place to break out the crystal and sequins. Decorate with humble materials and items that serve a purpose—lamps, books, baskets will look much more in their place than a marble sculpture or grand flower arrangement.