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Farmhouse decor combines traditional looks with today's conveniences

May 17, 2013

For homeowners who want to bring a farmhouse decorating style to their homes, soft wall colors offset by maple hardwood flooring, such as Anderson's Northern Maple Plank collection, is a good starting point in their home design.

For homeowners who want to bring a farmhouse decorating style to their homes, soft wall colors offset by maple hardwood flooring, such as Anderson's Northern Maple Plank collection, are a good starting point. Adding area rugs warm up the look in any room design. 

Better Homes and Gardens magazine recommends that home decorators start with soft, dusty shades that work best in cottage and farmhouse decor. While farmhouses are generally bigger, they often have similar furnishings to those in country-like cottages. Painted wood furniture pieces go well with other pieces in wood tones.

Complementary furnishings
The magazine states that furnishings in farmhouse rooms work best when they are an eclectic mix of styles. Fancy chairs with decorative curves are a good contrast to the more austere lines of a farm table.

Window coverings for a farmhouse look can range widely. Soft curtains such as sheers or lace are a traditional choice, but adding shades will provide more privacy. For instance, woven wood shades come in a variety of wood tones that lend a natural look to their surroundings and can be matched to wood floors.

Family farmhouse
A farmhouse design featured by HGTV was classic in style, but didn't sacrifice the modern conveniences that were important to the homeowners. In the kitchen, the traffic patterns were open and a comfortable cooking area was established. With white, cottage-style cabinetry and a selection of collectibles for accent, the homeowners were able to combine contemporary needs with traditional decor in their home design.

The website reported that a white color palette and down-home antique furnishings were combined for a clean country look. Cornices above windows were decorated with the homeowners' collection of old school globes and maps.

Unique accessories
The accessories used in farmhouse decorating should be in keeping with the functional atmosphere of an older home. Better Homes and Gardens suggests bowls and platters placed on open shelves above kitchen countertops where they can be appreciated as well as used on a daily basis.

For instance, instead of a kitchen island, a pine farm table can be placed in the center of the room with a matching chest underneath to provide storage for utensils. A good mix for a farmhouse dining room would be crisp linens, creamy yellow painted chairs and an antique silver candleholder for a centerpiece.

Taking a page from cottage style, farmhouse decor may incorporate a natural theme by including indoor plants and storage baskets made of willow or wicker.