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    How To Decorate – Modern Farmhouse Style

    The biggest trend we are seeing coming through in interiors at the moment is the ‘Modern Farmhouse’ design style. This is a classic trend that incorporates a touch of country charm, minimalist open spaces mixed with industrial elements for an overall modern yet homely style. The Modern Farmhouse design style has a very particular colour palette that we will outline below and a few key design elements to nail the trend in your home. As this is a classic style that has been adapted over time, we are certain this ‘trend’ will be popular for years to come. Read on to find out how you can design your home in this gorgeous style!


    Key Elements

    There are a few key design elements to mastering the Modern Farmhouse style and they draw inspiration from country, farmhouse and industrial style homes. This design style has a very neutral colour palette, which means interest must be created through the use of various structural pieces, textures and finishes. ‘Shiplap’ or horizontal wall cladding painted in a white or off-white colour will automatically elevate the room whilst keeping a clean and minimal appearance. If your house is structurally able, we recommend adding exposed timber beams or create faux timber beams on the ceiling to create ultimate farmhouse charm. Subway tiling, open shelving, warm timber floors and shaker-style cabinetry are also a must for the Modern Farmhouse trend.


    Colour Palette

    If you are a fan classic, simple and neutral interiors that shy away from bright colours and elaborate patterns then this trend is for you. The Modern Farmhouse design style sticks to a 90% neutral tone palette, with pops of subtle, washed out colours to offset the minimal look. Wall paint, cabinetry, benchtops and tiling are monochromatic or neutral in tone using colours such as white, cream, charcoal or black. This trend often has bright white walls paired with warm timber floors and striking black accents through lighting fixtures, window frames and hardware. We recommend choosing large furniture items in colours such as creams or whites and pair with accent pieces in tan or charcoal. Subtle colour pops can be added in shades of sage green, pale blue or washed-out mustard to bring life to the space and create interest.

    Materials & Textures

    When designing with a neutral colour palette it is essential to include a variety of textures to create interest within the space. Rustic style timbers are a great way to add visual interest in furniture pieces and built in cabinetry. Here at Homemaker The Valley we have a variety of stores where you can pick up some gorgeous timber furniture pieces such as Provincial Home Living, Early Settler and Freedom to name a few. Another key design element of the Modern Farmhouse style is using tan leather pieces in items such as occasional chairs, ottomans or bar stools for a laid back, casual vibe. You can also create visual interest through soft furnishings in a variety of neutral colours by choosing fabrics such as natural linens, chunky wool or soft leather. Check out Adairs and The Sheridan Outlet for some amazing decorative cushions, blankets and throw options.


    Styling Home Décor

    Creating personality through the use of home décor items is a huge aspect of the Modern Farmhouse style. This design style often includes open shelving, which provides you with the perfect place to style up a vignette that reflects your homes personality and creates a talking point and visual interest. Try adding pieces that are a nod to the traditional farmhouse style such as rustic jars and pots, beautiful hand-crafted ceramics and antique books. Pop into stores such as Provincial Home Living and Oz Design Furniture for some amazing decorative pieces to style up in your home. Another beautiful home décor element in this design style is using large vases with sprawling foliage and branches to create a rustic and bespoke centrepiece for your kitchen island, console table or dining table. You can use foliage from your own garden or pop into stores such as Freedom or Adairs for some faux stems that will last a lifetime!


    Say goodbye to sleek, small furniture and embrace large, comfortable and classic furniture in the Modern Farmhouse trend. Think large, plump sofas, comfortable occasional chairs, oversized coffee tables and rustic console tables with traditional turned legs. Stores such as James Lane have some amazing sofa options that are perfect for the Modern Farmhouse trend, we love the Como slipcover sofa in white! We also recommend popping into Provincial Home Living to see an array of furniture pieces such as dining tables, console tables and display cabinets that will work perfectly with this design style. As mentioned above, stick to neutral colours such as beige, white, charcoal and natural timbers to create an overall cohesive look.



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