Newest Trends for today’s Farmhouse Look!

I live in an old farmhouse.  I grew up in a farmhouse.  I also grew up in a farming community where the idea of a farmhouse wasn’t considered glamorous or sought after design.  In fact, most mud rooms were pretty muddy and you had extra deep sinks for washing up the vegetables right from the garden!  The look I recall was warm and lived in and sometimes a bit messy, but never fussy.  Today’s new Farmhouse style steals from some of the practical ideas behind this lifestyle and adds a little sparkle and beauty to that function, creating a unique look that is sweeping the interior design scene.  Here are my favorite Farmhouse trends from a recent custom build!

A mix of warm woods & brilliant whites!

shiplap detail on stairs from lower level (2)

This foyer has a modern look that is very transitional.  What makes it work in the new modern farmhouse style is the tone of the wall color, the warmth of the wood next to the clean white trim and the little touches of black metal in the light fixture and the stair parts.

Unique Lighting!

foyer lighting essential farmhouse style

From barn lights, nautical sconces and seeded glass fixtures with exposed bulbs, there are more options in lighting today than ever before!  Anything that has an industrial or vintage vibe, even if it leans a touch towards Victorian, feels at home in the modern farmhouse.

nautical wall sconce


shiplap detail on stairs

I can almost hear Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper crying out- more shiplap!  Here it was used as an accent on the u-shaped stairs.  Painted a white and capped with a warm stained wood.  Here is a view from the lower level looking up:

shiplap detail on stairs from lower level (1)

Rustic Wood Beam Mantles!

shiplap fireplace surround

The fireplace wall is always a place to make a statement, and what would be more appropriate for a farmhouse theme than a rough hewn barn beam mantle?

shiplap fireplace surround with built-ins


message center in mud room farmhouse essentials

Built-ins always feel nostalgic of old character homes and this mud room desk area is the perfect hub for a busy family.  The white cabinets with shaker front doors and black hardware feel right at home in the new farmhouse style.

message center in mud room farm house essentials

Wall mounted faucets & deep sinks!

painted vanity with vessel sink and faucet in wall

This powder room repeated the accent of shiplap with a full wall treatment and a vintage looking faucet mounted on the wall.  The bright green of the vanity is refreshing and fun, and while not necessarily “farmhouse,” the square legs reminds me of the way old farmhouses often had a repurposed furniture look instead of cabinets in kitchens and baths.

painted vanity with vessel sink

The laundry room also has similar charm.  The faucet mounts on the back of the sink to give it that look of spouting right out of the wall.

laundry sink vintage farmhouse

And another great lighting choice-

industrial pendant light vintage farmhouse

The Farmhouse kitchen!

chrome bridge faucets farmhouse essentials

The modern farmhouse kitchen can be what you make it!  But the latest trends include white on white!  Like this white marble counter with white cabinets and white subway tile backsplash!  An apron or “farmhouse” sink with a bridge-style faucet are also on trend with this look.

open conept dining room with cathedral ceiling

Bright kitchens with big islands, large pantries and plenty of work space are all necessities of the farmhouse kitchen that translate into todays modern design.  Here you see the emphasis on an open concept feel and less formal dining room that connects your kitchen to your outside living areas.

bright white farmhouse kithen with barn doors

And last but not least- the Barn Door Trend!

Lilac LL bar

The hottest trend seen in almost every style of new home these days is the addition of the barn door.  Their popularity extends to mud rooms, closets, office spaces and lower levels.  We did a more rustic design recently with reclaimed corrugated steel:

LL barn door detail

LL bar copper oak

Hopefully I will be able to share pictures of my farmhouse remodel in the New Year!  We are getting close to wrapping up on my vision, which has been 9 years in the making!  Can’t wait to see how many of these trends will work their way into my final designs!  Stay tuned!

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