Translating the Trend: Farmhouse Chic
Whether you’re starting out in a new home or updating your existing space, it helps to settle on a style before choosing your décor. If modern minimalism leaves you cold, and classic country feels a tad too timeworn, there’s an emerging style trend that meets somewhere in the middle: Farmhouse Chic. The look is relaxed and rustic but rethought, with a contemporary new spin that’s all about texture and tone in a mix of materials. Here’s how to get it:
Warm Up with Wood
Weathered wood possesses a particular warmth and richness that feels naturally welcoming. Its humble texture conveys a comfortable, unfussy style. Embrace the beauty of its imperfections and you’ll gain a softened, lived-in look for a cozy, inviting home. Choose hardy, statement-making furniture pieces with a weathered wood finish to anchor the room and provide a focal point—a bedframe or dresser in the bedroom, a table or buffet in the dining area. Add in a wood end table or mismatched chairs in a deeper, darker finish for contrast. In the kitchen, you might introduce the weathered wood via open shelving as shown or cabinetry, or even on a kitchen island. On a smaller scale, accessories like mirrors, frames, or lamp bases, too, can pick up the trend.