Farmhouse Style

“Farmhouse style” is both classic and timely. The current version of this decorating style is characterized by elements that you might find in a farmhouse, combined with contemporary conveniences. It’s basically an updated take on country style, rustic style or primitive style. Some people refer to this as “modern farmhouse style”. Personally, I think a more accurate way of describing it would be “contemporary farmhouse style” — but each her own.

Farmhouse Style Furniture

Farmhouse style furniture tends to be casual, unpretentious and comfortable. Think massive, overstuffed, slip-covered chairs and sofas; handmade rag rugs on the floors; wood surfaces that might or might not be finished, might or might not be painted and might or might not include distressing. Vintage furniture is right at home in a farmhouse style home.

The Farmhouse Style Kitchen

This comfortable farmhouse style kitchen includes a apron-front sink, wood-finish flooring and a single-lever faucet by Moen. Photo courtesy of Moen.com.
This comfortable farmhouse style kitchen includes an apron-front sink, wood-finish flooring and a single-lever faucet by Moen. Photo courtesy of Moen.com.

A farmhouse style kitchen is likely to have an expansive apron-front sink. This isn’t the only acceptable sink style, but it’s one of the most popular styles currently being installed in farmhouse style kitchens.


Apron-front sinks can be made in a variety of fabrications including copper, fireclay, porcelain, stainless steel and cast iron.


Another option would be a long, spacious trough style sink.


Trendy farmhouse kitchen with sink by Kohler. Photo courtesy of Kohler.com.
Trendy farmhouse kitchen with sink by Kohler. Photo courtesy of Kohler.com.

A vintage farmhouse kitchen would have been likely to include a large table for everyone to sit around and eat at. A contemporary farmhouse kitchen might include a breakfast nook or kitchen table — but it would be just as likely to have a large kitchen island that includes both storage and seating.


Many farmhouse-style kitchens include a hutch or similar furniture piece intended for for displaying a collection of china, dinnerware or serving pieces. Take a look at this example of a vintage Massachusetts farmhouse kitchen from 1925. The sink is also worth taking a close look at:


This is a vintage photo from 1925 showing you the kitchen in a Massachusetts farmhouse.
This is a vintage photo from 1925 showing you the kitchen in a Massachusetts farmhouse.

Shiplap or Barn Wood

Some farmhouse style decorating schemes incorporate various types of wooden planks as wall treatments. Celebrity designers Chip and Joanna Gaines helped to popularize this look; shiplap style wooden planks are one of Joanna’s hallmark interior design features.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Farmhouse Style Decorating

Many of our grandmas and great grandmas decorated their own farmhouses using traditional craft techniques like quilting and crochet. They made rag rugs, crocheted blankets and afghans, bed quilts, baby quilts and more.


Would you be interested in making the quilts and rugs and afghans you use for decorating your farmhouse-style home? If so, check out the following books to find an abundance of patterns, instructions, inspiration and ideas.

Farmhouse-Style Quilting

Farmhouse-Style Quilting book, published by Annie's
Farmhouse-Style Quilting book, published by Annie’s

This book features up-to-date yet classic quilting patterns for making a variety of modern farmhouse-style projects. In this book, you’ll find lovely quilted blankets, a baby quilt, quilted table linens and more.

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Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Style Crochet

Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Style Crochet Pattern Book, published by Leisure Arts
Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Style Crochet Pattern Book, published by Leisure Arts

Get your hands on bunches of cheerful crochet patterns that will dress up your home and make it cozier. The DIY projects in this book include a lovely oval rug, colorful granny square blankets, cute chair cushions, filet crochet potholders and more.


Get more information in my detailed book review of Gooseberry Patch’s Farmhouse Style Crochet.

Candle Making Basics

Candle Making Basics, published by Stackpole Books
Candle Making Basics, published by Stackpole Books

Want to make your own country-style candles for decorating your modern farmhouse? If so, grab a copy of Candle Making Basics. This book gives you step-by-step instructions for making simple candles that are both beautiful and practical.


Get more information in my detailed book review of Candle Making Basics.

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion

The Homesteader's Herbal Companion by Amy Fewell, published by Stackpole Books
The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion by Amy Fewell, published by Stackpole Books

Want to decorate your farmhouse style home with lavender and other herbs you grow yourself? Want to get your hands on a whole bunch of DIY recipes for homemade beauty care products, self care products, cleaning products, meals, side dishes and more? This is a truly wonderful book that any farm girl or homesteader is likely to find useful.


Click here to get more details in my book review of The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion.


So there you have it: That’s what you need to know about farmhouse style, in a nutshell. I hope you found this information helpful.

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This page was last updated on 8-3-2019.

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