Trend Watch 2017: Modern Farmhouse
While Farmhouse design style isn't new, it has certainly been reinvented. What was once considered "quaint" or "country" is now described with updated terms like "country-chic" and "rustic-modern". Home decorating shows, such as HGTV's Fixer Upper, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines, have put Farmhouse design style back on the map--and it's taking the nation by storm.
But, why? What is it about this decorating style that has so many people enamored? Let's take a look at 3 important characteristics that make this style so popular.
For the average home, formal spaces aren't a functional part of everyday life. Many people are looking to create a casual atmosphere that's welcoming to friends and family. Farmhouse style gives you just that. With elements like relaxed fabrics, soft colors, vintage lighting, and streamlined functionality, you can't help but feel at home. Even with its abundance of white paint and raw elements, those additional layers of texture add warmth and comfort, which beckons you to sit down, relax and stay awhile.
An important part of the modern farmhouse design is making the home functional. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the dining space, an area fit for family gatherings. Apron-front sinks, vintage overhead lighting, large butcher block islands, and long farmhouse tables make the home cook and entertainer's work easier. Throw in some floating shelves and carefully selected accents and you've got a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.
It really is as simple as that. If you've seen Chip and Joanna's work, you know that a modern farmhouse interior is just downright pretty. Muted neutrals, eye-catching textile patterns, raw woods, unique lighting, wall quotes, and of course let's not forget shiplap, all work in harmony to make one heck of an interior.