A complete guide to farmhouse designs

Farm houses or holiday homes have been a part of the real estate scene globally. While people spend most of their time inhabiting urban areas, cities and towns where they work amidst the hustle bustle and commotion of the busy life, everyone deserves a break. More than often, it is impossible to catch a break right where you are, because one feels no change and has to bear the bustling commotion even if they are not a part of it physically. This desire and need to escape and relax has led a lot of people to investing in alternate real estate options in smaller towns or in the countryside. 

Since land is usually more affordable in the countryside and smaller towns, it gives one the option to get more bang for their buck and create a lavish getaway for themselves. Farmhouses for holiday homes have thus become a popular concept. People move away from city life for a break or even to work remotely which has been a recurrent theme in the pandemic. 

Designing and creating a farmhouse design takes a very different approach from conventional home design. The very specific purpose of a farm house or holiday home is to invoke a feeling of relaxation, peace and help one unwind. In such a scenario, the interiors play a huge role in creating the environment where one can feel truly at ease. There are a lot of simple little things that help create the ideal farmhouse design which makes it the oasis of peace that you need. 

Here is all you need to know on how to ace the farmhouse design: 

FIRST IMPRESSION MATTERS! 

 

First impression matters is a rule to live by. Be it a person, thing, or a home, the first glance is extremely important, it is what forms a perception and a standard to uphold in an individual’s mind. For a farmhouse design, the impact and effect has to start right at the doorstep.

The exterior has to blend the two main qualities that one seeks in a farmhouse, comfort and luxury. For the elaborate yet comfy feel, one can never go wrong with a classic gable for a roof. Gable or triangular roofs are a country side staple. They look extremely charming and humbling, making it the perfect feature to begin with. In terms of the overall design, the focus must be to keep the background simple with soft colors and add a pop with the gable.

For a more modern flat roof look, the definition and charm can come from different material textures that can also be utilized on the exterior including wooden beams, metal beams, exposed brick etc. Whether you lean to a modern or traditional design, the central approach has to be to exude comfort.

You can draw from cottage core designs and include features like elaborate window sills, plaster pillars, or plaster of paris carved features on the exterior to convey the difference from the modern life with simple charm. 

NEUTRAL NEUTRAL, ALL ALONG

 

Farmhouse interiors are all about one thing, comfort! Comfortable and relaxing environment is a priority above all else. The feeling of comfort has a lot to do with the surroundings. It is thus suggested that for a farmhouse design, instead of complicating things with different colors, hues and prints, one should try to stick to the basics or a neutral color palette.

The neutral color palette helps create a soothing and non intimidating surrounding for the interior. It also makes it a lot easier to go by with other elements of the design as the neutral color scheme offers a subtle background which can be paired with just about any aesthetic you are going for.

In particular, you can look into white, cream, beige and brown shades as they suit the vieb the best. Try to extend the neutral color scheme beyond the basic wall colors to some of your decor and furniture elements for a subtly gorgeous look. You can choose to layer different neutral shades to get a bit of definition and variation in your space. 

BLEND THE IN AND OUT 

 

When in a farmhouse the main thought is to be able to relax and rejuvenate. A huge part of this rejuvenation is played by the presence of a clear environment and nature elements. Elements of nature are noted to have a soothing and calming effect on one’s mind. In farmhouse design, nature thus has to take the center stage.

The best thing for a farmhouse is to create it cohesively with outdoors. All farmhouses have in common a green area that precedes the entrance, or sometimes even wraps around the structure. As much as it is around, the feeling of nature and the great outdoors blending into one’s home is incomparable. There’s a lot of different ways to go about bringing in the outdoors.

To begin with, you could opt for transparent ceiling to floor windows that give you a clear and majestic view of the outdoors from inside. EVen if you need privacy, you can add light curtains that allow the sunshine to flow in yet give you your space.

Subsequently going for a feature like a skylight in your living or bedroom area can prove to be a great pick as one gets to gaze at the blue sky. Apart from these features, adding art pieces representing nature’s scenic beauty can also prove to be quite helpful in reiterating the presence of nature. 

TEXTURAL DEFINITION 

 

Since most of the interior design in a farmhouse follows a rather neutral scheme, the flair and definition has to come from somewhere. This is where the materials you pick come in. From your interiors, to your furniture, the material that you pick for each part of your design plays a crucial role in creating definition and variation through its textural abilities.

Wood, for instance, is one of the most common and widely used in farmhouse designs and for all the right reasons. It is a beautiful durable, versatile material that also evokes an organic feel in the farmhouse making it  a good pick. You could utilize wood in your furniture, to deck up your ceilings, to accent your walls, or even as a flooring option. You could also consider investing in reclaimed wood to make your design all the more sustainable and rustic.

Apart from wood, you could also look into metal accents to uplift your interiors. Wrought iron pieces in particular fit very well with the charming aesthetic of a farmhouse. You can also opt for materials such as rattan, stone jute etc to deck up your house naturally and beautifully.

Fabrics too, play an important role to the textural element in farmhouse design. Since the priority is to build a comfy and cozy surrounding, fabrics can come in handy to do just that. You could invest in fabrics of a soft and lush build for your furniture to make it feel comfortable.

Further choosing upholstered furniture and layering it with throw cushions, blankets etc can prove to be a great idea to ensure comfort as well as build a laid back vibe to the place. 

RUSTIC FOR THE WIN

 

Farmhouse design is all about embracing and celebrating natural forms while evoking comfort, and what better than a Rustic theme to help you achieve that. While you do not have to commit to rustic as a theme, drawing from its elements and features can certainly be helpful to create a homely feel in the house.

To draw from rustic, you could go for furniture and features that have a rustic look. This would mean choosing naturally gritty appearing pieces. The aim should be to try to include as much from nature as you can in its natural unmodified form. Apart from the furniture, opting for warm yellow lights helps create a cozy sundown effect which can uplift the rustic charm of your farmhouse greatly.

Here, you could also get creative with the light encasings by experimenting with concrete, wicker, metal etc as materials for lights. You could also use the light fixtures to add a bit of quirk in an otherwise sober design.

Subsequently, going for industrial features such as exposed wooden beams, exposed metal, concrete, brick etc can also help create a gritty rustic beauty in your house. Even if you wish to keep the relatively simple and clean, a few rustic accents here and there can really help the space. 

ADD AN ESCAPE TO THE ESCAPE

 

To put it quite simply, while a farmhouse in itself is a little escape, adding additional outdoor living features to it can help you create a bit of variation within the premises. For when you're bored lounging in a living room, you can simply step out to another option within your home.

There are a lot of different concepts to try for such an idea. For instance, starting at the doorstep, you could add a front porch to your farmhouse. The porch allows you an extra space to sit and relax, overlook the garden while being protected from weather changes through a roof.

Much like a porch, you can also choose to cultivate an elaborate backyard or even add a patio as an extra space to unwind in. Even if you don't wish to create a patio, having an additional seating area encased in your backyard can prove to be quite nice. You could go for a simple dinette set or invest in bulkier comfier outdoor furniture to lounge in.

Another popular pick is creating a whole other outdoor room in the outdoor space. You could create a simple room with seating, a kitchenette and some entertainment features. The outdoor room is created to open up to the garden area making it feel just as comfortable as the home yet unique enough. 


Overall, designing a farmhouse is all about evoking the peace in one’s mind. A place to unwind and rejuvenate, a farmhouse’s interiors have to resonate with its purpose to truly make an impact. Keep the above tips in mind for your farmhouse design so you can truly unwind!



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