Comfy, cozy, and full of charm, classic farmhouse style is more popular than ever. Shows like HGTV's Fixer Upper showcase this nurturing style in all it's comforting glory and people seem to be flocking to the look more than ever. In many ways it's a response to the minimalist trend that was popular in the 1990's and early 2000's - people are now looking to embrace tradition and surround themselves with things that make them feel good. If you want to get the look here's what you need to know.
What Is Classic Farmhouse
Classic farmhouse evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. It's traditional without being fussy, classic without being like a museum, and comfortable in a way that makes you want to put your feet up and stay awhile. Classic farmhouse is all about mixing comfortable furniture with salvaged materials like reclaimed wood. Antiques are right at home in classic farmhouse interiors, but none that are too delicate to touch. Everything is tactile and tangible. Most of all, classic farmhouse is cozy without being cluttered.
Classic farmhouse is similar to country style, but whereas country tends to lean a little towards kitschy, farmhouse retains a certain level of sophistication. Country relies heavily on accessories while farmhouse keeps them to a minimum.
In every classic farmhouse, you'll find a combination of some of the below elements.
- Reclaimed wood
- Barnboard details
- Big, comfortable furniture
- Architectural salvage
- Pine furniture
- Wrought iron accents
- Wide plank floors
- Vintage accessories
Get the Look
The key to achieving a classic farmhouse look is all about comfort. Furniture should invite you to sit down, and nothing should look as though it's too delicate to touch. There's a down-home feeling that invites a sense of laughter and fun.
- Start with a color palette of warm or cool neutrals (cream, beige, silver sage and grey all work well), then layer in some natural wood tones. Look for salvaged woods that have some wear and tear whenever possible. Scratches, knots, and nicks add to the authenticity of the look.
- Feel free to use colors you're fond of as accent pieces, but in order to stay true to the look try to keep the overall color scheme neutral (or light colors).
- Be sure to use a variety of textures in order to give the look some depth. Mix woods and metals, but also mix fabrics like cotton, canvas, wool, chenille, or whatever else you like. Since classic farmhouse is largely made up of neutral colors you'll need a mix of textures to keep the space from looking flat.
- Layer in some mixed metals by way of light fixtures, hardware, and architectural details like railings. As a general rule, it's best to limit it to no more than three metals per room.
- Use organic materials in order to keep the space feeling as though it's connected to the outdoors. Wood floors and architectural details are best, but also consider introducing stone, wicker, rattan, sisal and other natural materials wherever it makes sense.
- Accessories are an important element, but under no circumstances should you overdo it and try to squeeze in too many. A few well-placed accessories that are given room to breathe are all you need to complete the look.