I love farmhouse decor. My favorite thing about it is the thrill of the hunt. Unlike other modern decorating trends, farmhouse decor is not meant to look as though your room just sprang out of the pages of cold, gray, catalog. It's meant to be homey, unique, and inviting.

Farmhouse decor is made to look like each item was selected by hand or perhaps passed down from a previous generation. It's perfect for people who love to haunt antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Each piece looks like it has a story to tell.

If you're looking for ways to incorporate farmhouse decor into your own home, look no further. Whether you want to fill your home with farmhouse inspired furniture or just sprinkle in a few pieces here and there, this article will get you started. Read on for ideas for achieving that modern farmhouse look.

1. Enhance Your Existing Decor

colorful bowls and flowers on top of a hand-painted bench.

One of the most appealing aspects of farmhouse decor is how easy it is to incorporate into virtually any home without going all out. This could be especially appealing if you live in a home with a modern design, own pieces you'd like to keep, or are simply on a budget and don't want to rebuild the decor of your rooms from scratch.

You can start with a painted bench, an antique mirror above the fireplace, or an even a handmade quilt draped across your bed. Use these one of a kind items to enhance and bring out your favorite aspects of the rest of your furniture and decor.

A few carefully chosen pieces won't detract from the modern feeling of your home, but it will make it feel homier and more unique. After all, your rooms should reflect your personality, not the sterile layout of a catalog.

2. Keep it Fresh

Eggs in a wire basket and a bottle of milk on a red checkered cloth.

When you think of a farm you probably think of the word fresh. This is fitting because one of the best places to enjoy modern farmhouse decor is in the kitchen. It's as easy as storing your produce in a vintage basket or setting an antique vase of flowers on your counter.

The kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy those small discoveries you purchased on your Sunday garage sale excursions, such as vintage pots, pans, and utensils.

3. Make Those Colors Pop

an antique coffee pot and coffee cup.

Modern farmhouse decor gives you a chance to show off the colorful side of your personality. This is particularly important if your home is full of staid hues like gray, white and brown. Those colors are beautiful, but a flash of brightness can inject them with excitement and personality. A few colorful, eye-catching accents can turn your room from something blah into something truly special.

4. Two Words: Reclaimed Wood

A kitchen table made of reclaimed wood.

Reclaimed wood is all the rage. Is it any wonder? It's solid, gorgeous, and environmentally responsible. Every board is like an individual piece of art with a whole history behind it.

Many people install reclaimed hardwood floors. They're stunning, but they're also very expensive. If this isn't in your budget you can still enjoy the beauty of reclaimed wood in the form of a handcrafted table, a piece of farmhouse inspired wall art or a custom-made mantle.

5. Buy Things You'll Use

Copper utensils and antique bowls.

Farmhouse decor is obviously pleasing to the eye, but it can also be useful. Consider items which have more than mere aesthetic value. Unique kitchen utensils, antique pokers for your fireplace, and handmade pieces of furniture all lovely examples of farmhouse decor that beckon you to do more than just look at them.

6. Step Outside

A hurricane lamp

Your farmhouse decor can start before you even set inside the house. Antique lanterns, steel buckets, flower pots, rocking chairs and reclaimed furniture can welcome visitors from your patio, porch or yard. It's an opportunity to show off your personality even to those who aren't lucky enough to be invited inside.

7. Don't Forget The Light Fixtures

Vintage inspired hanging light fixtures.

Light fixtures are easy to overlook when you're redecorating your room, but they can do so much to set the style and tone. Farmhouse inspired light fixtures can be made from a variety of materials. Glass, metal wood, even natural fibers. Light fixtures with a vintage or handmade look are the perfect fit for farmhouse decor.

8. Antique Furniture

An antique four poster bed.

Farmhouse decor is inspired by a different time. What better way to pay homage to that lifestyle than with actual pieces of antique furniture? Vintage chests, bed frames, hutches, side tables, and more can add style, personality, and function to your home. Plus, it's fun to spend the day hunting for just the right pieces at your local antique store.

9. It's All About The Small Details

Brightly colored glass canning jars.

By now it should be obvious that there are a myriad of ideas for incorporating farmhouse decor in your home. And one of our favorites are those small items you can score inexpensively at a flea market or garage sale. Here are just a few of the things you might want to look for when you go out on your treasure hunt:

  • Colored glass canning jars
  • Vintage Pyrex bowls
  • Antique candlesticks
  • Baskets
  • Colorful quilts and bedspreads
  • Old chests
  • Copper pans
  • Vintage utensils
  • Old picture frames
  • Chalkboards
  • Old books
  • Lanterns
  • Unique table runners
  • Tin buckets
  • Rocking chairs
  • Vintage vases
  • Antique prints

Farmhouse decor shows off your personality and style. Now that you have a few ideas, how will you incorporate it into your household?

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