Characteristics of a Modern Farmhouse

“Farmhouse modern” doesn’t mean the same thing today as it did 30 years ago. If the phrase immediately brings to mind chicken-themed wallpaper and shiny oak cabinets, think again. Today’s modern farmhouse has an urban edge that mixes well with other styles yet retains a warm, approachable feel.

Original farmhouses were designed to meet the daily needs of rural farmers. They were industrious instead of industrial, with spaces created for large families to interact with the necessities of seasonal work.

The rise of the modern farmhouse style reflects an embrace of simplicity and practicality like a pitched roof that sheds snow or a deep porch that enhances cross ventilation.

This mashup of classic country elements with contemporary influences is cozy, comfortable and full of charm. It’s ideal for people who value tradition and like to surround themselves with things that make them feel good.

“For a lot of people, this style is evocative of Americana and it appeals to that yearning for simpler times when things weren’t so hurried and busy,” said architect David Watson in the LA Times.


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Characterized by warmth and simplicity, the modern farmhouse mixes comfortable furniture with salvaged materials like reclaimed wood or galvanized steel. Clean color pallets make the perfect background for mixed metals and textures for unique looks to break away from the cookie-cutter aspects of some neighborhoods.

The structure may feature an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and exposed trusses centered around a spacious kitchen – the perfect place for entertaining or just hanging out. And don’t forget about natural light. Large windows and movable glass wall doors provide transparency and connection to the outdoors.

Natural wood accents – such as panels on a wall or exposed beams on the ceiling – are common. Well-used furnishings, repurposed items, antiqued looks and vintage decor pieces full of character add warmth to the interior space.

Though it may be located hundreds of miles from an actual farm, even in the heart of a thriving metropolitan surrounding, the modern farmhouse is part of a broader cultural movement that includes farm-to-table eating, walkable community living and a more casual family lifestyle.