Originally, farmhouses were decorated with whatever was handy and practical. These days more thought tends to go into decorating in farmhouse style, but practicality is still an important factor. Nothing should be too delicate or precious. Instead items should be hardy while still maintaining some sophistication and style. Also, a home decorated in this style should consist of hand-me-downs and flea market finds combined with newer pieces. For instance, an old harvest table and shaker cabinets combine beautifully with stainless steel appliances and modern light fixtures in a farmhouse kitchen.
Farmhouses should look like they’ve evolved over time. Matchy-matchy is a no-no. Your furniture should not look like it could have all been bought at the same store. That’s not to say that you can’t buy a few pieces at a big box store. For instance, an Ikea Ektorp sofa can fit the look perfectly – just don’t buy all the matching pieces. Pair it with some vintage chairs you’ve had reupholstered. Pieces should come from all over the place. Styles and materials can be all mixed up – that’s part of the charm.
Here are some tips and ideas for decorating in farmhouse style.