Whether you’re inspired by romantic country cottage design, rough-hewn rustic farmhouses, or just a few country accents in a modern or transitional home, we’re here to help you design the farmhouse space of your dreams.
We’ve compiled a list of farmhouse and cottage style staples that can be worked into any space, as light- or heavy-handedly as you prefer. Keep reading to see our top farmhouse decorating ideas …
The 7 Best Farmhouse Decorating Ideas
Flowers and plant life pack a one-two punch of earthy rusticity and romantic elegance, making them staple elements of farmhouse-style design.
Ditsy floral patterns soften the more industrial elements of farmhouse style, and decorative bouquets of fresh or artificial flowers and plants add color and vibrancy to any space.
Floral prints are also notoriously versatile, allowing you to mix and match patterns, adding as few or as many as you’d prefer.
Farmhouse style celebrates the beauty in the ordinary, often making use of household items as repurposed décor. Mason jars and watering cans as vases, old windows as wall décor, wooden milk crates for storage… The possibilities are nearly limitless.
Get creative with your own household items, or search for good deals at flea markets and antique shops. If you’re buying new pieces, look for distressed finishes and vintage designs to fully embrace the farmhouse look.
One of the style’s signature architectural elements, shiplap walls are a staple of farmhouse design … And they’re delightfully easy to fake. Use wallpaper or wall decals to dupe the look of rustic exposed wood.
We love the peel-and-stick convenience of temporary wallpaper – it’s easy to apply, easy to remove, and won’t damage your walls. Read more about designing with temporary wallpaper.
Not only sources of warm, ambient lighting, lanterns and candlesticks are perfect representations of simple pastoral life. Use these pre-electricity lighting staples in any room to add a touch of farmhouse style (and a soft, inviting glow).
When it comes to farmhouse style, “shiny” and “new” aren’t words you’ll hear very often. To decorate in the farmhouse design style, look for pieces with weathered paint finishes, reclaimed wood elements, and galvanized or wrought metals.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try DIYing some of your own décor with reclaimed materials from your garage, attic, or a local salvage yard. If you’re buying new, look for pieces with realistic weathered or antiqued finishes.
Natural fibers such as wicker, rattan, and jute are perfect for adding texture and dimension to your space. These organic materials provide all the earthy charm farmhouse style is known for, and are versatile enough to withstand nearly any redecorating decisions.
To add a few subtle touches of rusticity to your space, use a jute area rug, burlap table runner, or set of wicker decorative baskets. For a more distinctive look, choose a few pieces of wicker farmhouse furniture for the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.
If you want to design a distinctly farmhouse space, turn to the most literal interpretation of the style: accents and décor inspired by cows, wind vanes, and other symbols of pastoral life.
Decorative accents such as wall art and throw pillows are perfect for making your style statement – just be sure not to add too many farmhouse finishes, or the space may start to look kitschy.