Farmhouse style offers a timeless look that you can mix and match with furniture already in your home. The good news is that introducing farmhouse furniture into your space doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
If you know what to look for, you can add rustic elements into your rooms over time, giving your space a more authentic look and keeping your budget on track. Read on to find out why farmhouse style furniture is such a good investment and how to style it in three of the most lived-in spaces in your home.
Farmhouse style furniture has staying power
A rustic look and neutral colors are the basic elements of farmhouse style furniture. Modern farmhouse style often features white walls with a toned-down color palette and only a few intentional pops of color. Natural elements and solid wood materials are front and center.
Farmhouse style is accessible and affordable, especially because the trend isn’t dwindling any time soon. The natural materials and neutral palettes create a backdrop that allows you to play with wall art and other pieces of farmhouse decor even if your tastes change a bit over time.
There are also different decor styles within the broader farmhouse aesthetic. A French country approach offers a more elevated design with ornate furniture shapes and more luxurious upholsteries like linen, while a cottage style is more laidback and better for small spaces.
While farmhouse furniture is usually made of solid wood, it often features more ornate details than the clean look of mid-century modern furniture. For example, table legs may be carved or turned wood. Farmhouse furniture may also be intentionally distressed to add to the rustic effect, and it typically pairs perfectly with a toned-down color palette.
Farmhouse furniture is a good bet for changing tastes because the elements are classic enough to last through trend cycles. The timeless look of solid wood furniture and neutrals works with a variety of home decor, so it’s easy to keep your favorite farmhouse furniture in place year after year.
3 main rooms to show off farmhouse furniture
It isn’t necessary to buy farmhouse furniture for every room if you want to experiment with the look. Instead, choose a few pieces in a rustic style for your most-used spaces. While barn doors and reclaimed barnwood are great ways to nail this style, you can also find plenty of other options to get you started.
Furniture for a farmhouse living room
For the living room, a farmhouse coffee table is a focal point that you can design the space around without having to spend a lot. The Lift Top Coffee Table With Storage is rustic chic with the added functionality of a liftable table top. The gray finish is a neutral option that fits the farmhouse look seamlessly. Another option is the Meagan Chevron Coffee Table, which makes a statement with a pattern and color scheme reminiscent of reclaimed barnwood.
There are options for farmhouse living room furniture beyond coffee tables, too. A rustic bookcase is the ideal backdrop for farmhouse decor, books, and family photos. Bookcases are a great budget option because they become natural showpieces that can quickly change the style of your room depending on the accents you choose.
The 5-Tier Bookcase in weathered gray has the best of both worlds with a rustic finish and a more modern shape. For a distressed look, the 3-Tier Open Bookcase in the salvaged cabin finish gives a vintage feel.
You may also need a TV stand or media console for your living room. Luckily, there are plenty of modern farmhouse furniture options to suit your needs. The grey driftwood finish of this TV console has a welcoming look that matches the style perfectly.
For your accent pieces, you can choose coordinating finishes, although farmhouse furniture is also meant to be a bit eclectic. Your end tables or side tables don’t have to be the exact same color as your coffee table. Still, opt for farmhouse style design elements like distressing, solid wood, or metal accents to make the pieces work together.
Attention to detail (such as accentuating your space with table lamps) will level up your design even more. The 3-Piece Sculpted Lamp Set has the turned wood look that is key for farmhouse furniture.
Farmhouse style in the dining room and kitchen
The dining room is one space where you can create a farmhouse design with only a few pieces of furniture. Having the right dining table and chair can turn your dining room into a country-inspired stunner without having to do much else.
One dining set with the right amount of rustic charm is the Calandra Dining Set, which features solid wood material and a simple finish. If you prefer something a bit brighter, the Nogales Dining Set offers a lighter color palette and an ideal size for small spaces. If your budget only allows for one purchase, a dining set is your best bet.
Although the dining chairs and table will naturally be the focal point of your dining room, you can get the rustic farmhouse look with other furniture. If you have limited space and use a countertop for eating, a few counter stools like these adjustable weathered brown chairs will give you the look for a smaller investment.
If you’re decorating a full dining room, a storage cabinet or hutch is a classic way to display cookware or other rustic decor. This 2-drawer accent cabinet will give you a pop of color, too.
Once you have the layout for your farmhouse furniture, your dining room and kitchen are ideal spaces to play with wall art to enhance the look further. Whether you choose to DIY or shop for your wall decor, classic farmhouse elements like hand-lettering, distressing, or farm animal motifs will bring the look together without costing too much.
Choosing bedroom furniture for a rustic farmhouse retreat
With the right bedroom furniture, your space can easily be transformed into a miniature country-inspired paradise. You don’t have to wake up when the rooster crows to enjoy rustic design. Instead, you can opt for the right headboard and bedding.
A metal arched headboard gives instant vintage appeal without breaking your budget. In a guest room, daybeds go with cottage style perfectly because of their smaller size. If you’re looking to switch out your whole bedroom set for farmhouse furniture, the Oleta Collection has all the right design elements.
Beyond the bed, shelving with solid elements like this driftwood piece offers a way to display more decor. If you don’t want to upgrade your larger pieces of furniture, a bookshelf is a budget-friendly farmhouse furniture option that also gives you more storage in smaller spaces.
After the basics are covered, you can opt for accent pieces like a tufted arm chair or a barn door for the closet to bring the look together. Another less expensive approach is to pick a vintage-looking chandelier to hang over the bed. Just make sure your ceilings are high enough for this to be safe.
The simple approach to farmhouse style furniture
Farmhouse furniture can be a budget-friendly option because of its neutral palettes and classic design elements. Although you can add farmhouse style to the rest of your home over time, choosing pieces for your living room, dining spaces, and bedroom will quickly change the feeling of your home.
In the living room, opt for focal points like a farmhouse coffee table or a bookcase instead of switching out all of your furniture at once. For your dining room, try a rustic dining set in natural wood. Lastly, your bedroom can easily be turned into a farmhouse-style retreat with vintage-inspired elements like metal bed frames or upholstered accent chairs.
For more farmhouse inspiration, be sure to check out Coaster’s dining room sets and bedroom sets.
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