How to Decorate a Country Farmhouse

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Country farmhouses are warm places for friends and family to gather. Country living might be more relaxed but your farmhouse can still be stylish. A farmhouse should include heirlooms that will be passed down from generation to generation. Decorate your farmhouse inexpensively by using items that you already have. Search through your attic, basement and garage to find forgotten furniture pieces that can be fixed up. Decorating a country farmhouse can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience because it's like taking a trip down memory lane.

Things You'll Need

  • Quilts
  • Wood furniture
  • Hide modern elements. You'll probably want appliances and TVs in your farmhouse. Your cabinet maker can install cupboard doors on your appliances so the kitchen looks original to when your home was built. Put your TV in an armoire to hide it away. If you have a flat screen place an antique buffet underneath it to blend the contemporary look with a country feeling. The buffet can also house DVDs and electronics.

  • Focus on the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of a farmhouse. Put in an island where your kids can eat breakfast or watch you cook. Have a bright copper range hood installed to make your country kitchen seem older while still maintaining the functionality. Pine is a traditional wood used in farmhouses. If you don't have pine cabinets, try whitewashing the cabinets or painting them a bright color. Paint can inexpensively transform a drab room into your dream farmhouse kitchen.

  • Stick with light colors. Farmhouses are usually filled with sunlight. Lighter colors on the walls keep the focus on the architecture of the house instead of bold paint colors. Look for colors that are soft so the color will seem like it's been there for years.

  • Use sentimental accessories. You don't have to go out and buy accessories to decorate your country farm house. Hang a collage of family pictures for artwork. The pictures can even be in completely different styles of frames. Place collections of tea cups or old signs together for a bigger impact. Put a quilt on the sofa or bed for a cozy touch.

  • Bring in weathered wood furniture. A farmhouse should have a sturdy dining table where the family can gather for meals. Your furniture can have clean lines or simple curves depending on your personal taste. The items should be substantial and made from real wood.

  • Keep the character of the farmhouse. Your farmhouse might have wood floors, bead board, claw foot tubs or thick molding around the doors. Stay away from modern decorating in a farmhouse. Keep the original elements of the home and update your furniture for a fresh look. Preserve the elements that have been there for decades so generations to come can enjoy the craftsmanship.

  • Mix and match. Farmhouse decorating is inexpensive because you don't have to buy things in sets. Pick up floral plates from a yard sale. If you are adding a kitchen island, paint it a different color from your cabinets. The island will stand out and you won't have to match the existing finishes. A farmhouse is a place to collect all of the things that you love. Don't worry about coordinating every piece; variety adds character to your home. Pick up chairs at tag sales and paint them all the same color for an eclectic dining room.

  • Choose comfortable pieces. A farmhouse should be a place to relax after a long day at work. Pick a sofa with durable fabric that you can lounge on for hours. Bring in floral pillows to keep with the farmhouse feel.

  • Add curtains. Roman shades and blinds are popular in modern design. Farmhouses echo back to the era of homemade curtains and drapes. Choose a fun check or bright print to add pattern and life to your room.

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