How To Decorate Your Home Farmhouse Style

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If you’ve been watching HGTV lately, farmhouse decor is the hot new trend in home decorating. Especially shows like Fixer Upper where Chip and Joanna renovate old homes into sleek, farmhouse style houses. Here are some tips to add a little bit of farmhouse to your home.

Barn doors

If you’re in the market for a new home, it seems like every new home has barn doors at least somewhere in the house. Some popular places to have your own sliding barn doors are kitchen pantries or as a substitute for bedroom doors. We’ve even seen barn doors on entertainment systems to hide a TV. You can call a local lumber and hardware expert to come and create barn doors for you or DIY them.

The farmhouse kitchen

The farmhouse kitchen is a mix of rustic wood with clean white surfaces. One thing that Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper swear by, is the farmhouse sink. The farmhouse sink is a large basin that, back in simpler country times, was big enough for canning and washing kids. White cabinets are a must to contrast with the large wood kitchen table, dark wood floors, and dark countertops. Let your kitchen speak to who you are by adding personal touches like custom stools, antique plates and signs, your favorite fabric for rugs and towels, and herbs and flowers used as decor in mason jars.

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What is a farmhouse without antique knickknacks? Peruse flea markets and garage sales for old books, vases, photos, and knickknacks to display on shelves. You can never go wrong with decorated mason jars or tin pots for planting flowers or herbs. If what you find isn’t exactly your style, you can always DIY it into something new.

Farmhouse lighting

In the kitchen and living areas, we typically see naked bulbs suspended from the ceiling and covered in a chicken wire or lantern style shade. Another lighting idea is to have large, clear lamps on end tables with a plain shade. You can also decorate your house with mason jars filled with candles or string lights.

Accent walls

This doesn’t mean a different color wall. Farmhouse accent walls are typically shiplap or exposed brick. If you’re purchasing an old house, don’t take down all the brick or paneled wood. Use it in another spot in the house or on one wall. Decorating the bottom half with shiplap, followed by white molding, and then an accent color is another way to incorporate shiplap.

About the author: Emily is a guest contributor for Valley Brokers, a real estate company located in the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. 

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