Is Modern Farmhouse Design Really Dead?

Today we're diving into the world of interior design and exploring the ever-evolving world of farmhouse style.

Classic farmhouse design, with its country roots, has been around for ages. But in the mid-2010s, it took a contemporary turn, giving birth to modern farmhouse. This warm, welcoming, and comfortable style has been going strong, but lately there have been whispers of it fading away.

However, we're still seeing strong influences of modern farmhouse in architecture, furniture, and decor. So, could it be that, like all design trends, it's simply evolving with the times? Let's take a look at some key features of modern farmhouse and see which ones might be on their way out, and which ones are likely to have staying power.

Shiplap Savior

Shiplap paneling is a hallmark of farmhouse design, but some say it's been overdone.

I disagree! Shiplap is a classic that adds dimension to flat walls, and depending on how you install it, it can completely change the mood of a space.

Horizontal shiplap creates a calm and restful atmosphere, making a room feel expansive.

Vertical shiplap, on the other hand, draws the eye upwards, making your space feel taller and more exciting.

The key to keeping shiplap feeling fresh? Update your art, accessories, and play with paint colors. This classic and timeless material can be easily transformed with a little creativity.

Natural Elements: Built to Last

Natural elements are another core feature of farmhouse style. Think wood – reclaimed wood, live edges, wide plank floors, ceiling beams, butcher block countertops, and wood furniture.

Natural fibers like cotton, sisal, jute, rattan, wicker, and natural stone are also prominent. Most of these elements are classics that will stand the test of time.

The live edge trend might be peaking, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it! If you love it, go for it.

Just opt for a more natural and matte finish, rather than a super-varnished look that can appear cheap.

Industrial Influence on the Outskirts

Another feature of modern farmhouse that might be on the decline is the industrial influence – heavy metals in furniture, lighting, and decor. While metal accents will always have a place, the trend is leaning towards comfort in seating and a more subtle overall style.

Neutral Palette with a Warm Shift

Modern farmhouse design uses a timeless color palette of light neutrals: white, cream, beige, gray, and toned-down blues and greens.

The all-gray and white look has been out for a while now, so consider warming up your whites and grays for a more modern feel.

Barn Doors: Function Over Form

Barn doors became hugely popular with the rise of modern farmhouse.

These small replicas with the iconic diagonal braces might be a space-saving solution if you're short on floor space, but they don't offer much sound dampening or privacy. The location of installation is crucial.

The good news is that barn doors can be done with any style door. So, if you love the functionality, you can choose a door style that complements your overall aesthetic.

Furniture for Lasting Comfort

Modern farmhouse furniture is all about comfort. Big, cozy upholstered pieces that invite you to relax are key.

You can buy new slipcovered furniture, or breathe new life into vintage pieces by adding slipcovers.

Trestle tables with their substantial bases are another great farmhouse staple, providing ample space for gatherings. These key furniture pieces are timeless and can evolve with your style over time.

Apron Sinks: A Classic for a Reason

No modern farmhouse kitchen is complete without an apron sink. But even if you're moving away from the farmhouse style altogether, this might be one feature to hold onto.

Apron sinks can be incredibly ergonomic, depending on the depth you choose. Traditionally made from porcelain, apron sinks now come in a variety of materials like fire clay, stainless steel, copper, and natural stone, to suit any style.

Ditch the Word Art, Embrace Art Itself

For a more elevated and sophisticated look, ditch the word art – "a picture is worth a thousand words" definitely applies to interior design. Opt for artwork that speaks to you and creates a nuanced feel in your space.

So, what do you think of modern farmhouse design? Do you love it or are you over it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! If you enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs up and consider subscribing for more design inspiration. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time!

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  • We have vertical shiplap in our master bath and horizontal in the guest bath, they go great with my Florida home. I also have a sliding door my husband built that goes from our master bedroom to the closet and bath area. It all looks great, I don't feel it's out of style, better than normal doors and drywall!