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Farmhouse / Cottage

FARMHOUSE & COTTAGE

light & clean colors with rough & distressed materials

The old is new and the new is wonderful in farmhouse/cottage style. Oversized comfort is key, and the eye is drawn to delightfully light and clean color schemes that contrast perfectly with rough, distressed wood and other materials, a patina of charm in every cheerful detail. Featuring floral patterns, stripes, and plaids, the style – also known as “rural chic” or “modern cottage” – says “Come on in and visit for a while.”

Farmhouse Furniture & Décor Tips

Farmhouse-style décor celebrates the rustic, romantic styles of days past. By combining hardy staple pieces with light, modern elements, farmhouse design evokes imagery of a country cottage or rural homestead, with a modern twist even city-dwellers can enjoy. Distressed wood, country-chic textiles, and the combination of antique staples with modern conveniences are the keys to creating your own idyllic escape. Farmhouse décor starts with oversized, practical furniture, then balances out the look with delicate accents and bright, clean colors.

Start with practical pieces

In the earliest days of home décor, farmhouses were appointed with just the basics: tables, chairs, and beds that got the job done and could stand up to regular use. Today, practical pieces that still maintain an air of sophistication are the key to creating a country-inspired look. Pair an oversized farmhouse dining set with shabby-chic curtains, delicate white dishes, and an antique chandelier for a charming, rustic dining room. For an instant living room makeover, top a sturdy farmhouse coffee table with an elegant decorative tray or glass vase of flowers, then add in a pair of armchairs with casual linen slipcovers to round out the space.

Opt for open shelving

Family heirlooms and flea market trinkets are the perfect accessories for a farmhouse-style home. Bookshelves, china hutches, and open shelving units give you a front-and-center spot to display your treasures. Choose shelves made of distressed wood or wrought iron to show off your favorite antique dishes, books, or photographs.

Keep your color palette muted

Cottage-style décor relies on subtle, earthy hues to keep its spaces looking fresh and open. Light unfinished woods and well-worn neutral shades like gray, beige, and white serve as the base for muted pops of color such as sage, gold, or blue. To instantly refresh your color palette, add in a farmhouse area rug or incorporate some bold textiles—throw blankets, cushions, and upholstered accent pieces create perfect opportunities to brighten things up. Fresh flowers or silk plants are also a great way to incorporate natural-looking bursts of color.

For more cottage-style decorating ideas, check out Hayneedle’s wide selection of farmhouse furniture and décor. With thousands of products at every price point, you’re sure to find all the pieces you love for the place you love most.

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