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The Leeward Cottage is a representative of the Modern Farmhouse style. It combines the sleek clean lines of contemporary design with the cozy farmhouse aesthetic to create a uniquely fresh take on the country living inspired style. Modern farmhouse style is known for its warmth and simplicity, characterized by natural textures and materials like wood or galvanized steel. While cream is still the color of choice, paired with neutrals, bright, bold hues can also be used.


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For example, in the image above, the wooden stools are painted a bright red color, which stands out against the whitewashed paneling and walls. The red hue is reflected in the decor and appliances.

Natural wood accents are a must-have for any farmhouse-style home, be it wood panels on a wall or exposed beams on the ceiling.

With furnishings, they do not need to have the perfect paint job. Farmhouse style emphasizes well-used and loved items. Chipping paint that exposes a piece's texture is well regarded.

Vintage decor pieces or "vintage-inspired" items are a must! Farmhouse decor incorporates flea market and thrift store finds seamlessly. Antique signs or chalkboards work well with the rustic feeling.

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Lassoing the Beauty 

Six Tips Towards Achieving Modern Farmhouse Style

The modern farmhouse style is known for its warmth and simplicity and has been steadily growing in popularity. Combining the cozy farmhouse aesthetic with the clean lines of contemporary design - the modern farmhouse style offers a fresh take on country-inspired design. Retaining a certain sophistication, the modern farmhouse style embraces vintage and antique accessories but keeps them minimal. One reason for its popularity includes a bit of a turn away from the starkness of minimalism and a desire to return to simpler times when the world feels overwhelming. As more and more people embrace the style, we figured we should give some tips on creating a fabulous modern farmhouse-style interior.

Color Palette
Farmhouse style has its roots in the country where farmers didn't have access to the vast array of paint color options we do now. Because of this, the base of the modern farmhouse style is a neutral color palette. White, cream, beige, and gray are all excellent places to start when putting together the palette for your space. You can add bolder colors as accents, but the overall color scheme should be neutral and light. Earth tones work best to add more color—layer in natural wood tones to complete the look.

Bring in the Wood
Speaking of wood, a significant aspect of modern farmhouse style is the use of wood. Wood floors and other architectural details help the space feel more connected to the outdoors. More authentic farmhouse locations will likely have exposed wooden beams, but if you can't manage that design element, there are still plenty of other opportunities for adding wood. A classic farm table is a great way to inject the space with the natural beauty of wood. Rustic benches, either around the table or in other locations around the home, are also a popular modern farmhouse accessory. If you can find vintage pieces or furniture made from reclaimed wood that suit your needs, the look of weathered wood will complete the modern farmhouse aesthetic. If not, the wood you do bring into the home will age and make the interior look even better over time.

Load Up on Rustic Charm
Vintage or vintage-style decor is a must for modern farmhouse style. Now's the time to hit up all those flea markets, thrift stores, and antique shops to find the perfect rustic pieces. Everything is a little rough around the edges on a farm, so keep this in mind when searching for vintage finds. If it's a bit beat up or worn down, that adds to the charm. As long as a piece is still structurally sound, a little wear and tear shouldn't persuade you from including something in your modern farmhouse space. Things in a modern farmhouse interior should look well-used and loved. Chalkboards are also worked well with the rustic aesthetic. Just make sure not to overdo the accessories — you still want your room to have space to breathe.
Include a Touch of Industrial
Farms have machinery, so a touch of industrial style is entirely appropriate for modern farmhouse interiors. A set of industrial-style chairs or stools in the kitchen or dining area will complement the rustic woods and neutral tones in the rest of the space. Industrial style pendants and lighting are also a great way to inject some industrial into the decor. Utilitarian and straightforward, these types of pendants are enjoyed by both modernists and farmhouse-style fans, meaning they're perfect for the modern farmhouse. The sleek quality of metals will help accent the rougher natural texture of whatever wood is around.

Mix Textures
The mixing of heavy and light is essential in modern farmhouse style, so to counter some of the rich wood pieces, make sure to include some soft accessories. Vintage quilts are certainly an excellent place to start and can add some pops of color. To keep with the rustic theme, mix and match the textures of your pieces to get a more authentic feel. Since the color palette is mainly neutral, mixing textures will add visual interest that may otherwise be lacking. Feel free to mix cotton, canvas, wool, chenille, or burlap with rugs, throw pillows, and other soft accessories. Low maintenance fabrics will help maintain the casual feel of modern farmhouse style, and slip-covered upholstery easy wash-and-wear care is often included.

Embrace Open Shelving
Some people have extreme feelings about open shelving, but open shelving in the kitchen and dining areas is one of the basics of modern farmhouse style. You don't have to have all of your cabinets be open; even just one or two vignettes of open shelving are plenty to achieve the desired effect. This open shelving helps display heirlooms or other beloved vintage necessities or accessories. They add character to the wall and allow for the easy switching of decorations based on the season or just mood. If you're still worried about objects on the open shelves getting too dirty or knocked down, wood-framed glass doors are a suitable compromise.

Modern farmhouse style is becoming popular because it combines rustic, country-style charm with modern, more streamlined sensibilities. Incredibly flexible, it's a style that allows you to express personality a bit easier than some other styles and makes room for displaying beloved vintage and antique pieces. Since an actual farmhouse is out of many people's reach (and desires), perhaps best of all, you don't have to live on a farm to enjoy and employ modern farmhouse style.