Labor Day is just around the corner and thoughts of bright and bubbly summer furnishings are beginning to turn toward the warm and cozy traditional fall-flavored décor.
It’s late into August and summer is on its way into autumn. Soon the days will be shorter, and the evenings will begin to have a little chill to them. It’s time to think about warming things up.
It’s a traditional, classic farmhouse design that seems to arouse those feelings of simple comfort and warmth. It’s the feeling of being at home where you can kick your boots off and put your feet up and stay for a bit---especially if there’s a fireplace to warm the toes.
The Farmhouse look, of course, has been around for ages. The agrarian history of America is certainly evidence that it’s not a new trend. But as a vogue interior design for modern living, farmhouse style first began to appear in the 1990s as styles trended toward a return to basic living and surrounding yourself with tradition and function---things that make you feel good about yourself and do the job in a simple fashion.
More recently, the HGTV series Fixer Upper has been a strong proponent for traditional farmhouse living. And, of course, along with farmhouse architecture comes farmhouse décor.
Farmhouse is classy but not pretentious. It’s simple but not unsophisticated. It’s the blend of practical and unique. It’s about matching comfortable, everyday furniture with repurposed and salvaged materials to create that unique---yet practical---piece of furniture.
Antiques fit into the farmhouse theme but only if they meet the criteria of practicality. Anything too dainty to be touched or used in some modest fashion may not fit the farmhouse mold.
The key to the farmhouse look is comfort and function---and uncluttered. When you walk into a farmhouse bedecked room, you should sense an invitation to sit down and make yourself at home. Nothing in the room should be too delicate to touch, and the atmosphere should be warm and cheery.
Though similar, one shouldn’t confuse country-style with the farmhouse look. Decorating in a country style quite often ends in a bit garishness. While the farmhouse style maintains a degree of sophistication that’s not found in country style. Knick-knacks and assorted accessories are key in country décor. But in the farmhouse tradition, these are kept to a minimum.
The farmhouse look is ideal for those who have hung on to grandma’s old farm table or those who get up early on the weekends to peruse through the flea markets and antique shop.
Old is in with farmhouse décor. Nevertheless, the simplicity and functionality of farmhouse décor can work with those modern conveniences we all need and have. Hide your tv and associated electronics in an old, refurbished wardrobe.
Old barn doors refinished in soft colors are very popular today. People like to hide their large wall-mounted televisions behind small sliding barn doors hung on rails---Or larger ones used as doors and room dividers. They make an excellent conversation piece for company---yet they are completely functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Harvest tables, kitchen work centers, hutches, and antique armoires are also extremely popular furnishings for the farmhouse theme. Again, warm, soft colors and functionality make the farmhouse look the choice of many.
It’s an extremely popular and trendy style in today's design world. And because of this popularity, the lines between farmhouse and other similar styles are somewhat blurred. One can see elements of English and French country style along with cabin and cottage motifs---and even some tattered elegance---all mixed together in the farmhouse style.
“A stone mantel, coach house lanterns, and reclaimed ceiling beams would all fit perfectly into a classic farmhouse. When it comes down to it, it's all about how you use the different elements in order to create the look you want.” Lauren Flanagan / thespruce.com
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