There is no denying it, Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper have made Farmhouse Style very hot right now. You see it all over the internet. So if you want to have Farmhouse Decor in your home, stick around and I will show you 9 easy ways to add farmhouse style to your home.
Farmhouse style is not new. I remember my Aunt had an old farmhouse that was the house that her Mother grew up in. Now she was raising her family in it. And now my Cousin is raising her family there. That’s what farmhouse style is all about, bringing families together.
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First and probably the most popular part of farmhouse style is shiplap. I mean seriously, if you have seen Fixer Upper then you know, #shiplap right!
Shiplap is basically a line of wood running horizontally on the wall. It’s usually about 6 inches tall, but you can do what every you want. There is a small gap between boards which adds texture.
You can buy shiplap, the real stuff, and add it to your home. It’s expensive, but if you only do one wall then it’s not bad. I will be helping a friend of mine do this in her guest room soon.
You can also buy and install a “faux” shiplap. For a full tutorial check out how I added it to my laundry room here. I also have a pdf tutorial you can download and it has step by step instructions as well as a materials list. Check that out here.
Here are some great pics of shiplap that you can do too!
You can also do faux shiplap like my friend Natalie at Nelidesign did in her Basement Family room update for the $100 Room Challenge. You should check out her post here, it’s awesome! She talks about what went wrong and how to do it the right way.
2. Galvanized Metal
Nothing says farm like a metal milk can, or one like these with the slits in them. I have no idea what they were used for (city girl here!) but they look cool right!
I have a small one in my farmhouse laundry room that I use for a trash can for the lint out of the dryer.
Here are some other examples:
Some ideas to purchase are:
3. Farmhouse Signs
I am completely obsessed with modern caligraphy and these farmhouse style signs! I created one for my laundry room but it wasn’t like the ones you can purchase from shops like Etsy. A Farmhouse Addict has some great options for farmhouse signs, I got this cute sign from Kari and I just adore it!
Here are some other examples of farmhouse decor signs from A Farmhouse Addict.
4. Anything Old or Vintage that has seen some love
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be all beat up for it to be farmhouse decor, I mean chippy paint is pretty popular but if that’s not your thing then don’t go for chippy.
So what do I mean by old and vintage…..I am talking furniture, old farm equipment, vintage decor like scales and old books. Anything that could have been passed down many generations that has been loved by family members. You can get this stuff from people in your family. For example, I have a great dresser from my husbands grandfather. The lines on this piece of furniture are so cool! Love the curves;)
I also have these great wooden chairs that were my Great Grandmothers. I recently refinished them, you can see that post here.
Here are some other examples of vintage farmhouse decor that you can add to your home.
This vintage scale is so amazing! I just love the color. This photo is from Aspen @a.cozy.blessed.nest.
Here are some great farmhouse decor items you can purchase, they have the look of being passed down or found.
So where can you get vintage farmhouse decor if you don’t have family members to pass it down to you? You can go to flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores, and estate sales. Also check out Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. You probably even have a bunch of buy/sell groups on Facebook in your area that are great resources too!
4. Buffalo Check
Buffalo check is a type of plaid and you can see this come out in full force in the Fall and Winter seasons. Christmas is perfect for a good red and black buffalo check blanket! My husband loves this stuff. He’s crazy for anything plaid!
You can incorporate this pattern in your textiles, like pillows, blankets, napkins and table runners. I have even seen plates in the pattern.
Here are some examples of buffalo check.
Okay, lets get too it…..every one is crazy right now for Rae Dunn! If you have never heard of it, it’s a type of hand made pottery that is sold at Home Goods/TJ Maxx. If you buy it on Amazon you are getting it second hand and probably paying double or triple what you can buy it for in a store, just a warning!
It’s a white pottery with a word on the front. Here are several examples….and some really cute instagram photos using Rae Dunn in great forms.
Ironstone is also very popular in farmhouse decor. It’s all white and in my opinion, just stunning in a dark colored cabinet. That is such a cool way to display Ironstone, especially in an old antique hutch with the outside painted and the inside dark with the pottery displayed!!! So pretty!!!!
So what do you do if you don’t have access to these……don’t worry about it. Any pretty vintage dishes will work. If you want to you can also find lots of white dishes at Target, that’s where I got my white pitcher, and at Pier 1. Here are some ideas to get you started.
If you are on a budget and can’t afford to buy all these new pieces…..buy some old ones at a thrift store or garage sale and spray paint the white!!! So easy and sooooo affordable. Personally I am on the hunt for an old soup tourine to paint. Those things new are so expensive! Let me know if you find one!
6. Tiered Trays
Tiered trays can be used in any type of decor style but they are predominantly used in farmhouse decor. You can find tiered trays in a variety of materials from wood to galvanized metal to marble. Here are some really beautifully decorated tiered trays from instagram. I bet you might see some Rae Dunn in there too!
7. Farmhouse Style Printables
Printables are anything that you can print on your computer and hang on your wall for instant decor. There are a TON of printables out there in the farmhouse decor style.
I went in and searched Farmhouse Printable’s in Pinterest. I found this pin from Making it in the Mountains which was a great round up of various farmhouse printable. Lots of variety here. If you don’t find what you want there you can search and find a ton of others!
8. Woods and Whites
One thing I love about farmhouse decor is the combination of wood tones with lots of white. The contrast is very striking.
9. Farmhouse Style Paint Colors
So I went to the farmhouse decor style guru herself to get this one! Paint colors straight from Joanna Gaines. Magnolia Home Paint
I hope you have gotten some inspiration and ideas to bring into your own home. The great thing is, you can do a little or a lot! It’s all up to you and what your personal style is. If you need anything else I will be watching Fixer Upper…..it is Fixer Upper Tuesday ya know!!!!!