Adding Farmhouse Style to your home is easier than you think.
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.
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.
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How 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.
Now my Cousin is raising her family there. That’s what farmhouse style is all about, bringing families together.
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, or verticle 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.
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!
Here my friend Melissa at Brown Dog Vintage did a shiplap wall in her master bedroom. Check out the post here, the transformation is spectacular!
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:
If you would like to purchase some galvanized metal here are some great examples.
3. Farmhouse Signs
I am completely obsessed with modern calligraphy and these farmhouse-style signs! Here is one I got from a friend over at Farmhouse Addict.
Here are some great examples of farmhouse signs from amazon!
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 husband’s 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.
Here are some buffalo check items from Amazon.
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 farmhouse dishes on Amazon. 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 taurine 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 am currently selling printables that I have created on my own Etsy site. You can access that here.
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
I have a complete post dedicated strictly to Farmhouse Paint Colors. You can find that here.
To sum it up there are several popular farmhouse paint colors that are greige colors. That basically means they are warm grays that lean towards a beige color.
Blue grays are also very popular as well as blue green paint colors.
Related Farmhouse Style Posts:
- Farmhouse Christmas Printable
- How to Create a Farmhouse Sign with Wood and Shiplap
- Modern Farmhouse Valentines Decor Ideas
- 13 Farmhouse Style Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
- Farmhouse Style Sliding Barn Doors and Where to Find Them
- 19 Amazing Farmhouse Laundry Rooms
Wednesday 18th of September 2019
Where did you get the black/white Pom Pom pillows? I have been looking for some for a few years and can’t find anything similar to it at all!
Wednesday 2nd of May 2018
Hi, thanks for sharing this awesome post! Really gave us some inspiration for our own endeavors into farmhouse style decor.
Any chance you might know where we could find that white scroll wall decor piece with the green wreath on it? It would be the perfect touch for one of our rooms. Thanks!
Thursday 3rd of May 2018
Hi Alex, I am so glad you liked the post. And that White decor piece is from Hobby Lobby. It's actually a distressed gray that I spray painted white. I hope you are able to find it! Thanks for stopping by.
Natalie at NeliDesign
Saturday 28th of April 2018
Wow! A lot of information in here! Now I feel less crazy not knowing about Ray Dunn. I don't have any of these stores here! And thanks for sharing my faux shiplap! I'll get to make some like yours soon enough!
Monday 30th of April 2018
We need to get you some Rae Dunn Natalie! And thanks so much for letting me use your pics on your shiplap. It was a great example of what you can do if you don't have the ability, for one reason or another, to do wood.
Tuesday 24th of April 2018
Adorable! I love this! Thanks for the post!
Wednesday 25th of April 2018
Thank you Whitney!
Tuesday 24th of April 2018
This post is fantastic Wendy! So much inspiration and farmhouse style goodness all wrapped up in one place. Love your shopping choices too!!