Home Sweet Farmhouse: How to Get the Cozy Farmhouse Décor Look
Decorate like a pro with our simple formula for a fall-inspired farmhouse look you’ll love.
Warm, cozy and full of charm, it’s no surprise why the farmhouse style is so popular — especially during the fall season. But what may surprise you is how simple it can be to achieve this Instagram-worthy aesthetic. Oh, and the best part is that you can pick and choose the elements you like best to create a space that feels fresh, stylish and uniquely you.
How to Decorate Your Home with the Farmhouse Style Before you roll up your sleeves and get to work, take a peek at our easy-to-follow project blueprint. Just combine:
- Neutral colors
- Rustic textures and dimension
- Eclectic pieces
- Fresh florals
- Charming signs
Now that you’ve got the blueprint, let’s talk a little more about the details (because details can make all the difference).
When it comes to wall color, avoid dark or bright colors. Choose a neutral you like — a soft beige, cream, gray or sage — and use it throughout the room so everything blends together nicely.
Rustic Textures and Dimension
For even more rustic goodness, try adding various forms of wood to your décor, whether it’s a piece of furniture with a wooden top or a sign made from barn wood. Wire baskets can also bring in the farmhouse feel. Plus, there are tons of ways to use them: Hang them on a wall, use them for storage or simply add them to a display shelf.
If you’re up for it, adding bead board, ship lap or wainscoting to your walls (or even just one focal wall) will help bring texture and dimension to the space. It’s definitely a little more work than a simple coat of paint, but the extra effort will stand out and help you achieve the rustic farmhouse look.
You probably have some older furniture in your house that would fit perfectly into your new décor style. It just needs some TLC and a quick coat of paint. Using the same neutral color scheme you used for your walls, freshen up an old kitchen or end table and see how it helps bring the room together.
The beauty of the farmhouse style is that you can mix and match pieces to create a look you love. Be sure to choose a mix of styles and materials, like a modern vase with a vintage bucket or other heirloom. And remember, heirlooms don’t have to be expensive to be valuable. Your grandma’s vintage flour sifter may not be worth much money, but it has tons of sentimental value (and will look great on your table!).
Just like your walls, you’ll want to choose neutral-colored accessories. If you prefer a little bit of color, you can definitely add a pop here or there. (But avoid using lots of bright or intense colors like red, orange or purple.)
Tip: Before upgrading old furniture or accessories, make sure they’re clean and ready for paint (or anything else) with Home Made Simple Multi-purpose Cleaner. The no-frills, plant-based formula removes dirt and grime without the need for phosphates, dyes, parabens, phthalates or gluten. Spray and wipe clean with a paper towel or cloth. You can use it on finished wood, tile, granite and other hard surfaces — just no unfinished wood, please!
The farmhouse style is the ideal palette for seasonal touches and outdoor details. Fall flowers like asters or chrysanthemums, or year-round greenery like a boxwood or eucalyptus wreath, can bring softness to some of the harder surfaces and textures in the room.
Signs are a fun way to add personality and customize your space. You can swap them out seasonally or choose one that reflects your interests. If you’re having trouble finding exactly what you want, use stencils or transfer letters on a sanded and painted wood block to make a small DIY project with a big impact. You might feel that switching up your décor style means having to start from scratch. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our project blueprint makes it easy to transform your house (or a few rooms) from drab to farmhouse fab.