While the farmhouses of old often featured low ceilings and cramped rooms, today's farmhouse-inspired living rooms are built for 21st century lifestyles. A cozy, livable mix of past and present, modern farmhouse living rooms often feature white walls, vaulted ceilings, copious windows, decorative ceiling beams, shiplap walls, barn doors, vintage-style lighting, and neutral palettes. With a focus on natural materials like wood, metal, and stone, these homey rooms often feature a layout that is organized around a central fireplace.
Whether you're renovating an authentic Colonial farmhouse or outfitting a new build with nostalgic vintage features and decorative accents, check out these living rooms that will inspire you to add some timeless farmhouse charm to your modern interior.
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Add a Color Accent
While the farmhouse aesthetic tends to focus on neutrals, you can lift your decor with judicious color accents, like the traditional barn red detailing in this living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors.
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Show Off Collectibles
This 1920s LA hunting cabin from Leanne Ford Interiors has a farmhouse vibe with its whitewashed wood, rustic stone fireplace, lightly pitched roof, visible ceiling beams, and assortment of personal objects scattered around the room that feel collected over time rather than overly styled.
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Keep It Minimalist
Interior designer Michael Del Piero calls this sleek new build living room with its minimalist feel and black-and-white palette a "modern take on the traditional barn that leans heavily on contrasts." The light-flooded room features concrete flooring, white plaster walls, and comfortable, low-slung furniture arranged around the large fireplace that creates a chic contemporary interpretation of timeless farmhouse style.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Paint Out the Ceiling Beams
This elegant take on farmhouse style from Heather Hilliard Design has whitewashed walls and ceiling beams that lighten up the rustic architectural elements, while tailored furnishings and decorative accents like a gilded mirror over the fireplace that create a comfortable but slightly formal feel.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Mix and Match Furniture Styles
Interior designer Kara Mann used an eclectic mix of furniture and decor in this Connecticut farmhouse that adds interest and texture while keeping the focus on the room's original character, with its simple lines, small farmhouse windows, and rustic dark wood ceiling beams.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Add Overstuffed Seating
This farmhouse living room from AHG Interiors is dominated by a rustic stone fireplace and flanked by an overstuffed chaise that adds some 21st-century comfort to the mix.
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Highlight Natural Stone
This modern farmhouse living room from Marie Flanigan Interiors keeps the focus on the rustic stone wall with a simple fireplace surround and neutral furnishings.
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Add Moody Paint
This modern farmhouse living room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. uses matte black paint on the fireplace and wall of open storage that add a grounding note in a room with soaring ceilings and pale wood exposed beams. The room is accessorized with accents like a pair of landscape paintings on the mantel, and an upright piano that adds a homey touch.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Hang a Classic Chandelier
This light-flooded, white-walled living room Leanne Ford Interiors has an elegant farmhouse feel thanks to shelves of collected objects, a cozy overstuffed sofa, and an antique crystal chandelier that hangs proudly in the center of the room.
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Add Some Pattern
This historic Westchester, New York farmhouse from interior designer Kara Mann has wrap-around windows in the living room flanked by patterned curtains that can be drawn at night for a cozier feel.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Use Reclaimed Materials
In this 1700's Maine farmhouse remodel, interior designer Tyler Karu preserved the original structure while "undoing the work of many unfortunate remodels over the years," incorporating reclaimed wood beams from a local barn and original pine doors while adding in furnishings and fixtures to create a timeless feel.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Whitewash the Brick
In this light and airy modern farmhouse-inspired living room from Jessica Nelson Interior Design, whitewashed fireplace brick is paired with chunky pale wood open shelving and a matching mantel, while a pale toned vintage rug and slipcovered sofa add comfort and ease.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Decorate With Natural Elements
This whitewashed farmhouse living room from Leanne Ford Interiors features a monumental sectional combining pale leather and white upholstery, oriented around the fireplace. The minimalist room is accented with natural elements like a rustic wooden coffee and a vintage vase of dried flowers.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Soften With Sepia Tones
This Connecticut family room from Becca Interiors has a farmhouse feel with its rustic stone and wood fireplace and creamy white walls mixed with soft sepia tones.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Use Raw Materials
This farmhouse living room from Leanne Ford Interiors features a chunky wood mantel and large stone fireplace facade with a raw, minimalist look that is offset with dark ceiling beams and hardwood floors, and a mix of neutral-toned furnishings and decor.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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This living room from AHG Interiors is located in a 1864 farmhouse on a working horse farm in Rhinebeck, New York. The living room was brought into the 21st century with pale walls and floors and comfortable furnishings, and preserves a sense of history with antique lighting, landscape paintings, and a grand piano in the corner of the room ready to provide some after-dinner entertainment, no screens required.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Create Cottage Vibes
This spacious cottage-style living room from Desiree Burns Interiors has farmhouse vibes with its neutral palette, classic fireplace, and seating for a crowd.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Accessorize with Color
This modern farmhouse living room from Victoria Bell Design has dark ceiling beams, pale neutral walls and furnishings, and a few pops of bright color on the throw pillows and wall art that give it a contemporary feel.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Keep It Timeless
In this California living room from Cathie Hong Interiors, vaulted ceilings, white walls, hardwood floors, and a central fireplace bring the modern farmhouse vibes, while neutral furnishings, scattered greenery, and touches of black create a timeless feel.
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Hang a Pair of Pendant Lights
This farmhouse living room from Kate Marker Interiors features a pair of pendant light fixtures that help structure the modern room while recalling the taper candelabras of old.
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Mix Rich Wood with Cool Stone
This farmhouse-style living room from Ashley Montgomery Design mixes rich wood tones on the ceiling beams, mantel, flooring, and furniture with pale walls and gray stone fireplace for a mixture of warm and cool tones that makes the room feel balanced and timeless.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Make It Loft Style
This open plan kitchen and living room from Brexton Cole Interiors is a contemporary spin on the modern farmhouse aesthetic, with a navy fireplace, sculptural furnishings, and vintage-inspired lighting.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Add Barn Doors
A pair of sliding barn doors complements the dark wood ceilings and stone fireplace of this modern farmhouse-style living room from Living with Lolo.
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Lean Into a Cottage Look
Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona added farmhouse-inspired touches to a modern living room like tufted armchairs in a neutral fabric, wooden shelving, and printed floral curtains that lend it some cottage charm.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Add Dark Wood Accents
Jenn Pablo Studio created a modern farmhouse feel in a Spanish Modern Revival home in Palm Springs by adding a decorative tile accent to the fireplace and white painted shiplap that contrasts with the dark wood mantel.
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Build It In
This new build living room from KG Designs has an open plan living, dining, and kitchen, with touches like rustic wood ceiling beams, shiplap walls, and black metal accents that conjure up a contemporary notion of farmhouse style.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Highlight the Ceiling Beams
Jenn Pablo Studio brought some farmhouse inspired vibes to a modern Spanish Revival home in Palm Springs by highlighting the ceiling beams with an oversized vintage-style light fixture and comfortable furnishings.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Focus on Details
Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona added modern farmhouse inspired details to create a cozy cottage feel in her living room, like these simple round mirrors suspended from rope handles on the wall.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Modernize a Traditional Farmhouse
This Connecticut farmhouse living room from interior designer Kara Mann has a wall of shelving built around the window and styled with books and objects. A deep blue velvet couch, a pair of matching armchairs, a vintage trunk coffee table, and layered rugs create a sitting area that feels like it's been there forever.
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Make It Transitional
This transitional living room from Desiree Burns Interiors has touches of modern farmhouse style, from the vaulted ceilings to the black wire pendant light to the natural accents scattered throughout the room.
Can farmhouse style be combined with other design styles?
Absolutely! Mix farmhouse style with modern style, boho style, or whatever other design style you like. Decorating and mixing design styles adds a personal touch and uniqueness to your home.
What paint colors do you use for farmhouse style?
Neutral earthy colors are the backdrop colors for farmhouse style, such as tan, grey, greige, cream, off-white, and white. For accent colors, use light blues and greens.
What wall hangings and art should you use for farmhouse style?
Think shiplap, old rustic frames, shelves filled with vintage knick knacks, wall clocks, signs with sayings, and mason jars filled with wildflowers.