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The Ins and Outs of a Modern Farmhouse Design

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Last updated on August 21st, 2019

If you’ve been on Pinterest in the past year, or tuned into HGTV, you’ve probably seen many designers and DIYers using modern farmhouse design. According to Google, before 2015 the term modern farmhouse was virtually nonexistent. Since then, one can hardly miss this style trend’s dynamic impact. Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, the HGTV powerhouse, started fixing up homes utilizing this aesthetic and have taken modern farmhouse to a whole new level. Millions of Americans are now obsessed with this design trend that’s the perfect combination of modern and rustic, with a whole lot of charm.  


Modern Farmhouse Essentials

The core of every modern farmhouse is an open, spacious floor plan, the use of barn-style doors, and wide plank wood flooring. The open floor plan allows light to flow through each conjoining room, creating an effervescent environment. With all of our modern-day stresses, it has become so important to return home to a place that is comfortable and welcoming, a home that feels like a sanctuary. 



The warm shades and natural materials that are staples of a modern farmhouse design create a cozy, inviting, and relaxing scheme. Taking a step back from bright colors and bold patterns, a neutral color palette takes center stage and creates the perfect foundation to collect upon. 



Most modern farmhouse kitchens are the home’s meeting place and have solid surface backsplashes and open shelving, the perfect location to showcase your collectibles.


Modern Farmhouse Staples 

Further, incorporating the elements of the farmhouse look, without going over the top, usually consists of using clean lines, warm woods, and touches of black accents. Other staples would be industrial lighting, the ever-present shiplap, and black metal window frames. This high-contrast look is fresh and adds tremendous curb appeal.



Texture also plays a critical role in a farmhouse aesthetic. Adding unique and varied materials to any room gives it a personal feel that you wouldn’t find in a seemingly stark, modern home. By adding elements such as wool and seagrass on your floors and walls, you will achieve natural texture with stunning details. 



When accessorizing a modern farmhouse, try not to clutter your home with meaningless decorations. Instead, keep your design minimal and decorate with chunky wool blankets or woven baskets. The décor should be casual, comfortable, and accessible.  


Experiment with Shades and Finishes

Storage and shelves should be clean and well displayed. Play around with different shades of beige, white, grey, or incorporate earth tones to create a grounded feel. The finishes will also play a vital role. Look for furnishings and collectibles that have an antique or vintage feel. 


Adopting a Modern Farmhouse Design

It can be quite the undertaking to revamp your entire home, but pairing your existing contemporary, modern, or traditional design with the modern farmhouse look is easily achievable with a few small touches. If you currently have a contemporary house but want to incorporate modern farmhouse style, aim to add warmth and texture by layering warmer wood tones and natural fibers with pillows and throws. Traditional homes would need to remove strong patterns and overtly cluttered accessories that are too detailed to make things look cleaner and understated.


Create a Cozy Space

Utilize antiques or showcase family heirlooms that feel nostalgic and meaningful to create a more collected design story. Concentrate on creating a cozy place where you and your loved ones can gather to create memories. Ultimately, farmhouse style has been around for decades, but this modern twist makes an old design feel more current, fresh, and stylish. No matter what style home you currently have, with a few tweaks and additions, any space can feel as fresh as a modern farmhouse.


It is no surprise that this homespun yet chic décor is changing the way people are styIing their own homes. People love the look of a country-inspired space with clean lines and a slightly urban edge. Many have been ditching their previous décor and embracing the modern farmhouse look because it is obtainable, versatile, and feels collected. It is also a family-friendly approach, but still has high style—perfect for any age range or income. Everyone wants to live in a place that feels comfortable and personal; thus the warm and collected modern farmhouse décor creates the perfect environment to return home to each and every day. 

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    Leanne Ayele

    Yes to farmhouse!!! I’m loving these floor designs with the indoor/outdoor living and super large kitchens. Keep putting them up in MD.

    I would love to see the Lyndell home in MD.

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      Andrew Espinoza

      Hi Leanne, we also think the modern farmhouse is a great design! As indoor/outdoor living spaces continue to grow in popularity, Toll Brothers is always looking for ways to incorporate the feature into our luxury homes, including the ones in our Maryland communities.

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      Dot Haering

      Need address for homes in Draper Utah.

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