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As famil­iar as the stars and stripes, the farm­house is a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Amer­i­can style. But while its func­tion­al form may hear­ken back to a large­ly rur­al past, that very sim­plic­i­ty makes the farm­house ver­nac­u­lar a time­less choice today. With a few con­tem­po­rary updates, the look is com­fort­ably at home in the present — and flex­i­ble enough to feel cur­rent well into the future. The key to stay­ing in step with the times ? Keep it super-sim­ple. This is not the old-fash­ioned coun­try’ style we tend to think of, with frilly cur­tains and lots of knick­knacks every­where,” says Min­neapo­lis-based inte­ri­or design­er Bil­ly Beson. It’s stream­lined, with indus­tri­al edges. And it’s real­ly easy to live with.”

WHY IT FEELS RIGHT

Of course, farm­hous­es have been around for as long as peo­ple have been liv­ing off the land, but now cre­ative design­ers are bring­ing a renewed atten­tion to this hum­ble form. Many of our clients want both the clean lines of con­tem­po­rary design and the com­fort and warmth that you feel in a more tra­di­tion­al set­ting. The mod­ern farm­house style has the best of both worlds,” says design­er Lisa Knight of Lisa Lynn Designs in Louisville, KY. Char­ac­ter­ized by a toned-down approach to design and dec­o­ra­tion, with lim­it­ed fin­ish­es and a dis­tinct lack of clut­ter, it’s a look that feels fresh and uncom­pli­cat­ed. Our lives are so busy these days — we’re pulled in so many dif­fer­ent direc­tions all the time — it can feel very free­ing and relax­ing to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that reflects the needs of a family’s indi­vid­ual lifestyle yet remains sim­ple and spare,” says Beson.

ELEMENTS OF STYLE

Clean lines may be the hall­mark of mod­ern farm­house style, but with few­er design ele­ments to cre­ate inter­est, each one has to make a pow­er­ful state­ment. Take the col­or palette, for exam­ple. A large­ly neu­tral col­or scheme works well, but con­trast is very impor­tant. Instead of mut­ed shades of beige, think black and white,” says Knight. For mill­work and cab­i­netry, exer­cise restraint : For­get intri­cate­ly carved mold­ings or high­ly detailed cab­i­net door styles ; instead, opt for plain trim and Shak­er-inspired cab­i­nets in a sol­id, dark col­or. Paint­ed fin­ish­es are one of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of farm­house style,” says Beson. Make it mod­ern by swap­ping tra­di­tion­al col­or­ful milk paint looks with bold­er sol­id neutrals.”

When choos­ing mate­ri­als, cer­tain­ly take inspi­ra­tion from clas­sic looks, but keep in mind that today’s mate­ri­als offer so many more options for long last­ing good looks. Instead of the high-main­te­nance coun­ter­tops of yes­ter­day, choose the beau­ty and dura­bil­i­ty of Cam­bria with its mul­ti­tude of design offer­ings from clas­sic to mod­ern. For floors, con­sid­er dis­tressed wood. We love to use reclaimed barn wood on the floors,” says Knight. Reclaimed wood ele­ments in gen­er­al are a great way to add a bit of age’ to the space.” Lend your design a lit­tle extra edge by incor­po­rat­ing mixed met­als, espe­cial­ly fix­tures and acces­sories with an indus­tri­al look. Over­sized light fix­tures add impact and an essen­tial raw­ness. You need that kind of per­son­al­i­ty to make such a sim­ple style feel invit­ing and inter­est­ing,” says Beson.

MAKING IT YOUR OWN

Good news : Mod­ern farm­house style is a nat­ur­al frame­work for show­cas­ing your own per­son­al flair. With the basic archi­tec­tur­al ele­ments in place, you’re free to add pops of col­or and quirky acces­sories or antiques as you like. Mix­ing old and new is part of this style,” says Knight. You don’t want it to look like it was just dec­o­rat­ed yes­ter­day. Mix­ing in per­son­al arti­facts and trea­sured antiques works real­ly well to cre­ate a lay­ered, time­less effect.”

And, don’t be afraid of col­or in small, con­cen­trat­ed dos­es. Knight sug­gests choos­ing con­tem­po­rary wall art or with col­lec­tions you can eas­i­ly rearrange or change if you tire of them. The only caveat, says Beson, is to know when to stop. It’s like Coco Chanel’s clas­sic advice about get­ting dressed,” he says. “’Before you leave the house, look in the mir­ror and take one thing off.’” Apply this wis­dom to your décor, and you’ll end up with an inti­mate com­po­si­tion of beloved items that will nev­er feel clut­tered or over­whelm­ing — in per­fect har­mo­ny with the prin­ci­ples of today’s mod­ern farm-fresh design.

  • A Mod­ern Farm­house fea­tur­ing Cam­bria Countertops
  • Float­ing shelves not only offer dis­play space but make the range a focal point
  • An updat­ed take on a clas­sic, the shal­low, sin­gle-bowl sink says farm­house,” but not coun­try”
  • A high-con­trast col­or scheme with paint­ed wood cre­ates a con­tem­po­rary back­drop in any space
  • A mix of styles, from indus­tri­al to nau­ti­cal to rus­tic, pull togeth­er thanks to their sim­ple shapes and rich finishes.

IN WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

Give your kitchen mod­ern farm house style by choos­ing styl­ish, antiqued accents that ele­vate every­day essentials.

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