How to get the modern farmhouse look and style for your home
Every region of the United States has its version of the modern farm.
In the northeast, there are white clapboard siding and double-hung windows, deep porches, and gabled roofs. In the Midwest, imagine the roofline of Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting. In the southwest, it could be adobe.
The style has been around since the late 1990s and its popularity shows no signs of abating, thanks in large part to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their HGTV show Fixer Upper.
In fact, last year, a Homes.com survey of 5,000 American adults determined that the modern farmhouse is the most popular style of home in 42 states. (And according to a March 2020 Zillow study, modern farms sell faster and for more money than other styles of homes.)
What is so special? It’s a great style of home for people who want something traditional that also feels contemporary. Respondents from Home.com said the modern farmhouse was “good looking but not boring” and “simple, comfortable and not too busy”.
The modern farm can be uncluttered and practical. Think of the hundreds of years of agrarian life: the homes of the people who live and work the land would have utilitarian and useful design details. A sloping roof eliminates snow, a deep porch improves cross ventilation, manages solar gain, and is a good place to park muddy boots.
And, today’s desire for the modern farmhouse style is part of a larger cultural movement that includes a more relaxed family lifestyle, a strong indoor-outdoor connection, farm-to-table meals and community life within walking distance.
Take him inside
But even those who don’t live in a modern farmhouse style home can get that warm look and feel. Homeowners today combine traditional styles with more contemporary elements. An open floor plan with lots of natural light. Mixed metal luminaires. Warm wood tones. Rustic and industrial accents. And, of course, the liberal use of the shiplap. These are the elements of the interior of the modern farmhouse.
Interior designer Amie Freling-Brown, owner of Meme Hill Studio, designs and furnishes homes for Morrell Builders.
“My job as an interior consultant for them is to be one step ahead of what others are doing. I bring affordable trends and a lifestyle that everyone has seen on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I bring a “Pinterest pin” to life, ”Freling-Brown jokes.
Recognizing that people live a more laid-back lifestyle, Freling-Brown chose the modern farmhouse look when designing the interior of the Piper Meadows model home, a new development from Morrell Builders in Victor. This home, named ‘Red Bud,’ is colonial (but with a few modern farmhouse features, black metal roof accents, wooden corbels, natural stone, floor-to-ceiling windows framed in black, and iron light fixtures. ).
Potential buyers love it, says Freling-Brown. “It’s a clean, collective and intentional style.”
Ultimately, the modern farmhouse, “is a simpler design style that takes us away from signs with words, layering, and a country look.”
The 3,176 square foot house (with a 710 square foot basement), backed by woods and walking paths, includes five bedrooms, an office / multipurpose room at the main entrance and 4 1/2 bathrooms. bath. The open-plan ground floor is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the kitchen, living room and dining room with natural light. Next to the kitchen there is a “morning room”, what might once have been called a den.
This public space on the ground floor immediately attracts attention. Freling-Brown maximized the light by choosing soft but bright paint colors – clear, off-white walls that house floating shelves rather than the more traditional recessed ones. She chose matte finishes for the floors (European white oak with wide engineered planks), cabinets, staircase, moldings and lighting. “Simple finishes,” she says.
In the kitchen, Freling-Brown says she was trying to move away from the “all white” look. She used three finishes that bind together. The large quartz island is arctic white and features wooden legs and putty-colored cabinets. Above the island are black pendants with coppery gold interiors and above the stove is a black hood.
The island includes the sink. This way you can wash off and enjoy your family while enjoying a wonderful view through the windows. “It’s a great house for entertaining,” says Freling-Brown.
All kitchen mess can be tucked away in the adjacent Butler’s pantry which features a leather soapstone countertop, beverage cooler, and plenty of storage. Best of all, pocket doors keep everything hidden.
The living room has a vacation vibe with a fireplace topped by a horizontal boat overlap with depth between the planks (adding another modern touch), soft gray and white furniture, and a blue and white striped rug. Freling-Brown added texture with a large woven basket purchased at a garage sale. In the dining room, Freling-Brown paired a long, bleached-wood table with black-painted rattan-backed Scandinavian chairs.
Freling-Brown likes to mix top and bottom, modern and vintage. She buys furniture from Overstock, Kirkland’s, Raymour & Flanigan, HomeGoods, Pottery Barn. “A room needs something old, new, modern – kind of like a wedding,” she says.
And, mixing it up turns out to be a great modern wedding.