Beginner’s Guide: An Introduction to Farmhouse Style

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What is farmhouse style? How did it begin? What do you need to know to achieve the farmhouse style in your home?

My home’s interior style isn’t farmhouse. In fact, it’s way too far from the farmhouse style (modern french and urban modern), but that didn’t stop me from adding farmhouse decor, like vintage-inspired accessories, especially in my living room. Simply because farmhouse style creates a cozy, inviting, and warm space that makes you never want to leave your house.

Today, the farmhouse style is getting even more popular (thank you, Joanna Gaines) because it adds character, personality, and a sense of warmth to a space. Plus, it makes a home look effortlessly livable. Yes, I guess it’s safe to say that the interior design world is obsessed with this style.

So, if you’re curious to learn more about the farmhouse style and how to apply it in your home, then keep reading our ultimate guide from the origin of this style to different farmhouse styles you will definitely want to copy.

What is Farmhouse?

According to HGTV, the word “farmhouse” doesn’t necessarily apply to interior style. The term is used more often to describe function. In short, these are homes built on agricultural lands that protect the inhabitants who either owned or worked the farm.

Did you know that there’s another tern for farmhouse? It’s called “folk” houses. The design of the farmhouse was initially influenced by geography, which describes the climate, materials available in the specific region, characteristics of the place, and people.

During the 1700s, ordinary homeowners built their own homes because architects were for the wealthy only. However, by the mid-19th century, when the railroads could travel cross-country and transport different materials, the farmhouse changed, and it took on many different personalities, like from using logs, mud, or stone to brick, lumber, and quarried stone.

Also, during this period, the wealthy landowners got interested in styling their homes, which was popular at the time. Overall, the term farmhouse means functional, straightforward, and unpretentious.

Today, the term farmhouse has changed. Now, it means a cozy, inviting, and simple interior style. Also, it’s more on the DIY side of interior decorating. Plus, it goes with other interior styles, like cottage, industrial, modern, and rustic.

What Are the Inspirations Behind Farmhouse Style?

According to the Hunker, the farmhouse style began during the Industrial Revolution when trains began to travel countries, transporting different building materials. This sparked ideas, which included design inspirations that led to the rise of the farmhouse aesthetic.

The farmhouse style started on the exterior of the house, which was a contemporary architectural design, from Georgian to neo-Gothic to neoclassical. Afterward, homeowners started to focus on the interiors of their homes by decorating the space with handcrafted furniture and sturdy but visually pleasing fabrics. However, the original farmhouse details, like the use of natural wood were maintained. Thus, the farmhouse style became cozy, inviting, and warm.

Characteristics of Farmhouse Style

The farmhouse’s characteristics are:

  • Clean lines
  • Functional, simple, yet chic
  • Layered textures
  • Natural light
  • Neutral hues
  • Rustic furniture
  • Traditional touch
  • Warmth feeling
  • Wood accents

Farmhouse Color Palette

Farmhouse style’s color palette is more on the lighter neutrals and pastels layered with subtle, earthy tones like brown, gray, or tan. This is crucial if you want to get the farmhouse look. Also, this color palette gives a traditional farmhouse feel that’s both clean and fresh. Below are examples of the farmhouse color palette:

Create a warm farmhouse dining space with a rustic farmhouse color scheme that consists of different shades of brown and white.

Create a cozy farmhouse bedroom by painting your walls with pastel colors. Then decorate it with bright and vibrant blankets and pillows, and antique furniture to achieve the look.

Go for a bright and clean farmhouse style kitchen look with the classic black and white color scheme. Add pops of colors like brown and green to make the space look inviting and warm.

Create a fresh farmhouse dining space with the blue and white color scheme, just like this dining area styled by Page Mullins.

Farmhouse Materials


The key to achieving the farmhouse style is wood. Yes, it could be barn wood, reclaimed wood, or weathered finishes, like a wooden trunk used as a coffee table or wood ladders for storage. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match woods to create a space that feels like it’s been carefully curated together over time. Plus, it captures that charming, homey, and rustic feel of a farmhouse style home.

  1. Oath End Table | 2. Shortline Lift Top Coffee Table | 3. Oak Farmhouse Dining Chair | 4. Willowton Dresser and Mirror | 5. Stewart Shelf Floor Lamp | 6. Amelia 3-Drawer Dresser

Industrial Accents

Add a touch of industrial flair in your farmhouse home by using concrete, distressed metal, or black or white subway tile, like apron sink or a steel bed frame.

  1. Odie 4 – Light Lantern Rectangle Chandelier | 2. Cape 33″ L x 18″ W Double Basin Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Grids and Drains | 3. Galvanized Metal Bins, Set of 3 | 4. Metallic Striped Ceramic Stool | 5. Divakar Jar (Set of 2) | 6. Aria Metal Bed

Natural Textiles

Create a cozy and warm farmhouse look in your home by mixing in cotton, burlap, grain sacks, jute, linen, and wool. You would be amazed that the combination of these fabrics, natural materials, and rustic wood creates an inviting space.

  1. White Wash Telford Serving Tray | 2. Tall Water Hyacinth Wicker Basket | 3. Waldon Handmade Waldon Tan Indoor / Outdoor Area Rug | 4. Edna Embellished Throw Blanket | 5. Adelphie Pouf | 6. Branch Curtain Tie-Back

Vintage-Inspired Accessories

A farmhouse home wouldn’t be complete without vintage-inspired accessories, like a rustic box container or vintage mirror frames.

  1. Apolline 3 – Light 14″ Caged Square Flush Mount | 2. Silver 3 Piece Metal Candlestick Set | 3. Oversized Malbec 28″ Wall Clock | 4. Green Chinoiserie Column Vase | 5. Home Accents Premium Comfort 1’10” x 2’7″ Home Sweet Home Mat | 6. Home Accents Candle Holder (Set of 2)

Types of Farmhouse Styles

Today, there are a LOT of different types of farmhouse styles that it can be a little too overwhelming if you’re planning to decorate your house using this interior style. So, if you’re getting confused on how to design your home, here are our breakdown of the different types of farmhouse style.

Coastal Farmhouse

Create an airy, breezy, bright, and relaxing space with the coastal farmhouse. The key to achieving this style is to use pastel colors that reflect the sand and sea, and neutral colors, like brown, gray, and white, from the furniture to the decor for a bright and clean look.

Colonial Farmhouse

If you want to add character and charm to your home, then the colonial farmhouse may be for you! Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, this style is more on old-world accents. The key to achieving this look is a muted natural color scheme and vintage-inspired furniture and decor.

French Farmhouse

The French farmhouse is a mix of the rustic yet elegant villas of the French countryside and the clean and down-to-earth feel of the American farmhouse style. American Farmhouse Style advised if you want to achieve this look in your home, use floral and botanical motifs, natural materials like raw wood and stone, plaster walls, soft and muted colors, and wooden beams.

Industrial Farmhouse

A combination of cozy and inviting farmhouse atmosphere with the edgy, rugged lines of industrial style. American Farmhouse Style says that the focus on industrial farmhouse is to create a balance between the city and the country.

Decorate your space with vintage-style lighting such as a crystal chandelier in your dining area, install an open vanity in your bathroom, place a cozy sheepskin rug or throw pillows against a leather sofa in your living room, and use textile patterns that were popular in the Victorian era such as damask.

Modern Farmhouse

I think this is the most popular farmhouse style because of its clean, simple, and welcoming look. The modern farmhouse is a combination of classic rustic farmhouse elements and the sleek and simple twist of modern decor.

The key to achieving this calm and classic look is to decorate your home with fewer accessories and furniture. Use a neutral color scheme and place indoor plants to make the space bright and cozy.

Rustic Farmhouse

The rustic farmhouse is a combination of distressed woods, handcrafted decor or decor from your local flea market, open shelving, and vintage accents. However, you can update the style by choosing a neutral color scheme and furnishing the space with contemporary or mid-century modern furniture.

Scandinavian Farmhouse

The Scandinavian farmhouse style is for homeowners who love bright, minimalist, and practical space. To create this look in your home, go minimalist in decorating your space. Only furnish your space with functional items. Also, install large windows and use lots of whites. Add pops of colors like black, brown, and gray. Lastly, place lots of plants to enliven the space.

Traditional Farmhouse

Traditional farmhouse style is the design style that reflects the real farmhouse style of the past. The focus of this look is to create a comfortable, functional, and simple space. If you’re into this interior style, use natural wood materials and layer textures. Plus, paint your walls white and bring lots of plants indoors to make a bright, cozy, and warm space.

That’s a wrap for our introduction to the farmhouse style. They say that the farmhouse interior style is dead this 2020, but I say that this interior trend will be staying for a long time because it reflects what a home should be: comfortable, inviting, and timelessly fresh. Plus, it can be combined with different styles. We hope that this guide will help you in discovering the real meaning of the farmhouse style.

We will be back soon with our ultimate guide on how to design a chic and functional farmhouse living room!

Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s blog. Happy decorating!

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