Creating Rustic Farmhouse style in your Home
Now is the best time to recreate a rustic look at home. With the weather and the lack of sunlight, you want the house to feel as cosy and as comfortable as possible. Without a doubt, the king of rural design is the farmhouse look. The name may suggest you need a particular property to pull it off, but the fashion is about the interior. Get the inside just right and it will feel as if you are in your very own manor with the livestock just outside the door. With that in mind, this is what you need to consider.
Avoid Bright Colours
Farmhouses don’t mix reds and yellows and wow people with their exotic colour schemes. No, they are very modest and use neutral shades to blend in and feel family and homely. So, there is no room for bright, bold hues that scream contemporary homeowner. The classics are whites and creams mixed with a splash of black here and there. Or, you can use light and dark browns to create a contrast that doesn’t go overboard. If in doubt, stick to unobtrusive colours and always go for dark over bright. Just because it doesn’t pop doesn’t mean the scheme can’t be vivid…I personally could never avoid bright colours…but perhaps for this look add colour with flowers rather than brightly coloured collectables !
Combine Big Textures
One thing you will notice in your research is the number of textures in a farmhouse. It’s extraordinary how many they incorporate without losing aesthetic appeal. However, the one you need to focus on is wood. Like a cottage, a farmhouse is a rural building that implements natural materials. Plus, you want it to feel as cosy as possible, and wood is the perfect resource. The floors are obvious contenders but don’t be afraid to use it on the walls and to leave it blank. Sometimes, a stain is more appealing than a tin of paint.
Go to Town in The Garden!
It’s easy to forget about the exterior of the house when you are trying to recreate an inside style. But, one thing which every farmhouse has is a huge ground that stretches acres. Okay, this may not be possible, but you can make the garden seem bigger than usual by clearing clutter. Also, trimming it, yes even in this weather, and keeping the grass short is a handy tool.
Once it’s in a healthy condition, check Garden Furniture & Interiors for homely furniture. Again, wood is an excellent choice, but so is the style. Instead of a table and chairs combination, opt for a bench or a form and work table.
Old Is Best
Take a look around a farmhouse and you’ll notice that nothing is brand new. Rather, it’s old and weathered with a splash of paint to give it a new lease of life. The reason for this is the character that older pieces have as opposed to new items that are sanitised. So, before you throw anything away, think about its value first. Can you add a lick of Dulux? What about a cover to hide flaws and add texture? If so, leave it alone.
What do you think? Are there are extra tips you would like to add?