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July 01, 2019

Stampede style

Modern farmhouse designs bring a stylish Stampede flavour to the home

Christina Loc

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Farmhouse has been on-trend and ongoing for years now. It is a style that elicits great enthusiasm from many, no matter the era. It remains popular because people are drawn to how practical, warm, comfy and inviting this style feels. It is a design that takes up a huge share on social media like Pinterest, Instagram and on television network HGTV.


And with Stampede descending upon the city, I thought this would make for a great topic for this month’s discussion in STYLE.

While classic and traditional farmhouse interiors might be clichéd or over-the-top for some, praise of the modern farmhouse is truly deserved. With its cleaner lines and fresh feel, this reinvented style is taken to a whole new level that will appeal to many. The great thing
about modern farmhouse design is that its overall look covers a diverse range, meaning there are countless ways to be creative, all the while stylish.

A modern farmhouse can draw from design characteristics from all or some of the following farmhouse styles: rustic, country, French, Scandinavian, coastal, traditional, colonial, and industrial. You can find inspiration from previous design eras to create a design that is truly unique to you. The key to pulling this look together is to incorporate some or all of these modern farmhouse elements.

Stick to a neutral colour palette.
Keep things fresh by adhering to whites, off-whites, soft beige, greys, greige (a combination of grey and beige), and black. The crispness from a neutral palette with touches of dark accents is stunning!

DO  add pops of colour for added interest. Select colours that can be found in nature. Popular colours include navy blue, sage green, warm tones of yellow and burnt orange.

DON'T add too much or too many accent colour(s). The whole idea of modern farmhouse is to evoke unfussiness. Having too much colour will take away from the desired tranquil feel. Go for subtle hints of colour.

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. Make a bold statement in the kitchen by sticking to a neutral colour with painted shaker style cabinets as the base of your design and then create an edgy look by mixing metals and incorporating other natural elements such as rustic woods and natural stone.

DO recognize it's the small details that make a space stand out. Use a combination of knobs and handles mindfully grouped and placed in a pattern that is visually appealing. Splurge on a beautifully patterned marble backsplash. While a two-inch overhang is a typical builder standard for countertops, opt for a sleeker more polished look by tightening the overhang of your countertops to make your kitchen look less utilitarian and more like a furniture piece. Lay your hardwood flooring or tile in a herringbone or ladder pattern.

DON'T — please — use multi-coloured glass mosaics on your backsplash. While glass mosaics are still fine, use a neutral coloured tile. Multi-coloured glass looks chaotic and is outdated.

Accent with mix metals. Black, gold and silver are key to adding sophistication and edginess to any modern farmhouse. Consider mixing these metals on lighting and plumbing fixtures, handles and knobs, lamps and accent furniture pieces.

DO use white subway tiles for your shower walls and enclose it with glass framed in black metal. Consider black grout for extra drama. I'm feeling flushed just thinking about that combination!

DON'T go too heavy and rustic with metal and don't go too shiny or brassy with golds. Combining a bit of industrial into your design is fine but don't overdo it. Matte black, brushed or antique gold is the preferred choice. Both polished and brushed chrome work for silvers.

Create depth with texture. Cozy up a room by combining leather, fur, sisal rugs, wicker accents, quilts and knitted throws to contrast against the metal, stone and wood pieces.

DO tastefully accessorize your space with iconic items from the early farmhouse days. Decorative antler horns, milk jugs filled with eucalyptus or cotton stems and black-framed farmhouse animals in black and white prints or canvas are nice hints of a bygone era minus the kitsch factor.

DON'T use poly-filled pillows. The look is too stiff and does not give off the plush look and feel a toss cushion should have. Feather-filled is the preference or at least opt for a down alternative.

Bring the outdoors in. Hardwood floors, rustic beams, shiplap and wood furniture pieces are great ways to bring nature into the home.  Concrete and marble are also highly desirable materials in a modern farmhouse.

DO accessorize with tree stumps, grape wood and driftwood branches.

DON'T use a high sheen finish on your hardwood product. While hardwood floors with a high sheen was popular for years, a matte natural finish is the more desired effect.

Incorporate greenery and plants.

Plants always make a space feel cozy. Not only are they visually attractive but also they purify the air and are beneficial for the heart, mind and soul.

DO grow herbs. The fragrance and convenience of having herbs is something that takes us back to a time when produce was locally grown in your own backyard.

DON'T use any type of plant. Be conscious of the plants you select. Flowering plants with colourful blooms can take away from your neutral palette and can be distracting.

If you are building new, it will be effortless to pull this design concept together. If you are renovating, you will be amazed by how simply splashing some white paint on your walls will instantly freshen and brighten up your space. The look of modern farmhouse is easy to
transition to and is here to stay. Its elegance, clean lines and sophistication make this design feel timeless and classic, whilst the use of natural materials makes it warm, inviting and desirable.

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