The Comfy Minimalism of Modern Farmhouse Design
The modern farmhouse style is one of today’s hottest trends in residential design. The style mixes classic farmhouse basics with modern, industrial and rustic accents to create homes that are both cozy and uncluttered. Is a modern farmhouse living the life for you?
What defines a modern farmhouse interior
Traditional farmhouse style, with its liberal use of wood, color and vintage furnishings, has long been popular. Several years ago, Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV program Fixer Upper updated farmhouse style with modern, minimalist touches, and the popularity of the design took off.
Today’s modern farmhouse style creates uncluttered rooms with an urban edge. The style is defined by open, spacious rooms with plenty of windows providing natural light. Wide wood-plank flooring and natural wood beams traversing overhead characterize the style, as do barn-style doors and walls covered with plank siding known as shiplap. Light fixtures and other design elements often have an industrial feel.
Contrasts of light versus dark play a significant role throughout the modern farmhouse. Shiplap walls, shaker-style kitchen cabinets and trim are often painted white. White subway tile backsplashes look clean and fresh against butcher block or dark granite countertops. Dark-stained floors and black metal elements such as light fixtures and window frames provide contrast throughout the house. Where walls are Sheetrocked, they are painted in soft neutrals such as cream or gray.
Modern farmhouse kitchens often feature open wood or metal shelving or cabinet doors with divided glass. Appliances are stainless steel. Apron-front sinks are commonplace, and hardware is generally dark.
The light vs. dark contrast continues in furnishings. Light neutral fabrics — no bright colors or bold patterns — contrast with dark or black-painted wood. You might see black barstools cozied up to the kitchen counter, or a white distressed dining table with contrasting black chairs. Textural elements such as rugs woven from natural fibers, chunky knitted throws and rattan or wicker seating add warmth to modern farmhouse rooms. Surfaces are left uncluttered. Vintage pieces contrast with modern metal furniture to create cozy, comfortable rooms that appear to have evolved over time.
The outside look
Modern farmhouse exteriors are usually covered at least partially with plank wood siding or board and batten, often painted white with contrasting black-framed windows. Front doors, painted a muted color or made of contrasting natural wood, pop against the white siding. Gabled rooflines complete the look.
With their surging popularity, modern farmhouse style homes may be priced a little higher than other designs. If you’re the seller, you could reap a premium.