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How to Achieve the Farmhouse Look in Your Home

Farmhouse Look

People love the farmhouse look because of how inviting it is or how homey it feels. And for people who experienced living on a farm, it can be extremely nostalgic. Of course, coupled with the modern conveniences like getting your food from the grocery or running tap water, you can basically have the best of both worlds.

The key here is a balance. You don’t want to go full-on farmhouse, particularly on the façade if you don’t want to stand out from the rest of the neighborhood for the wrong reasons.

The next task, therefore, is to work within a budget. The good thing is you can make this your long-term project as you don’t have to touch the structure of your home, and just settle first on furniture or vintage accessories that follow your theme

#1. Choose Neutral and Earthy Tones

Choosing furniture and colors with neutral and earthy tones will immediately transform your home into that farmhouse look. You want natural wood, where the frayed paint adds to the character. You want old jars to hold water or your flowers. You want fixtures and fittings that are rustic; you want handmade quilts as opposed to modern rugs.

#2. Prefer Unique, Handmade Pieces

One good piece of advice is to avoid IKEA or Home Depot when choosing your furniture. Instead go to bazaars, bargain shops, and even old farmhouses. They should have plenty of vintage pieces that are unique and will immediately add character to your home. You can even use this as an opportunity to bond with your family as you scour for pieces.

#3. Sprinkle In Some Metal Accents

Metal hanging shelves, metal braces on natural wood, rivets on your furniture, old tin cans, metal wicker baskets, or metal frame on your mirror—they all add that rustic feel to your farmhouse design. The best thing is you don’t have to spend so much in order to stay true to your theme.

#4. Trim Your Windows and Doors

Effective use of wooden moldings on your windows and doors will immediately upgrade the interior of your home into that farmhouse look. This is a relatively inexpensive exercise and this can be a DIY project using glue and steel tape. In that way, you can avoid labor costs.

#5. Expose Your Beams and Replace Your Floor

This is probably going to be your biggest project. Faux wooden tiles will destroy the theme of your “farmhouse.” Either you use wooden floors or none at all. One good idea is to use reclaimed wood, which would introduce a layer of history in your home. These reclaimed wood materials can come from barns, which add authenticity to your project.


There are so many ways to achieve that farmhouse look in your home, even if you are working on a budget. The trick is to be consistent and be smart about how you spend your money. There are countless ideas on Pinterest or in magazines, which can give you inspiration about how you will go about with your next project.

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