Few things are more relaxing than the thought of retreating to a more simplistic way of living. Perhaps you dream of slow afternoons spent lying in the grass on rolling hills far away from email notifications, or maybe sitting on a porch watching the sunset, miles from the sounds of traffic and the smell of stale city air. If this fantasy has snuck into your mind on more than one occasion, it might be time to bring your countryside dreams to life with a few strategic décor upgrades.
Even if you're an ardent city slicker, you can bring notes of the calm countryside into your home with a bit of natural furniture and a couple of pastoral accessories. "Farmhouse to me is about rustic wood elements layered with vintage linens in a neutral-toned palette," says interior designer Ginny Macdonald. It's as simple as snagging a few reclaimed wood dining chairs and washed linen slipcovered sofas, according to her. The only advice she has when it comes to this décor look: "Be careful not to go full-on barnyard or too shabby chic."
Ahead, we've rounded up a few of the most charming farmhouse living rooms we could find. They're cozy and picturesque without sacrificing a drop of style. Be inspired to turn your home into an idyllic country dream, no matter where you live.
A Rustic Lodge
Mounted deer horns, stacked firewood, cowskin chairs, and a rustic chandelier transform this modern space into a farmhouse retreat. Clean white walls, a large fireplace, and an open layout keep the room feeling contemporary and stylish while the décor pays homage to the countryside. It's like stepping inside a stylish lodge with provincial influences.
A Simple Space
"For any space in the house, I would try to integrate one or two key pieces that speak to the farmhouse style," says Macdonald. This farmhouse living room takes a simple approach, featuring wooden furniture and a plush leather couch. It's all in the little details. A vintage child's rocking chair, distressed end table, and natural rug create an atmosphere that's just as fit for the city as it is for the country.
An Industrial Den
With wood-beamed ceilings like this, a country farmhouse design aesthetic is a natural fit. The bare-bulb chandelier, large iron cabinet topped with antique trunks, and wooden stool add an industrial, barnyard feel to this otherwise modern space. It's a lovely juxtaposition between contemporary and traditional.
An Elegant Nook
This room expertly achieves Macdonald's vision of a farmhouse living room. Take away the jute rug, sandy wood floors, and exposed wood pillars, and this living room is entirely sophisticated and elegant. However, with these homey details, the room feels cozy, warm, and intimate. Blend quaint accents with chic furnishings to achieve this look for yourself.
A Barn House Library
The structure of this farmhouse living room with its A-frame ceiling and white, wooden walls makes the space look like a renovated barn. "Farmhouse décor is super attainable because it doesn't have to be crazy expensive or precious," says Macdonald. "It's a very relaxed and cozy style that speaks to a lot of people." Here, an expansive bookshelf utilizes every inch of space in the small room, and wrought-iron rods and sconces create an industrial, country feel despite the minimal furnishings.
A Traditional Look
This home takes a page right out of the Southern décor playbook. It's bursting with varied patterns from the rattan chair cushions to the wallpaper to the chinoiserie vase, but its base colors remain relatively neutral. Get the look with modern rattan accent chairs fitted with eye-catching cushions, and play with bold wallpapers throughout each room.
A Welcoming Great Room
Although this living room features a towering wood-beamed ceiling, the furniture makes the space feel intimate and cozy thanks to ample seating situated close together. The white club chairs serve as a welcome contrast from the dark hardwood floors and deep brown ceiling. Add more welcoming aspects like fresh flowers to make any room feel more inviting.
An Eclectic Sitting Area
Inside this farmhouse living room, you'll notice small accent pieces that bring the countryside aesthetic to life. Note the pair of cowskin ottomans, the natural jute rug, and the mix-matched patterned throw pillows. All of these elements come together to create a space that's quintessentially country-chic.
A Sophisticated Setup
Macdonald suggests sticking with neutral tones like white, cream, and oatmeal paired with woods and tan leather to obtain the farmhouse look, and this living room does just that. A rustic chandelier frames this fresh living room that's both modern and folksy. A textured ceiling is almost unnoticeable beneath the bright white paint that coats the room while a tan woven leather bench stands out among more neutral furnishings. The space may be small, but the various pieces of furniture make it feel curated and comfortable, rather than cramped.