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Interior design tips - How to get the farmhouse look (even if you live in a city)

Interior design tips - How to get the farmhouse look (even if you live in a city)

You don’t have to live in the country to have a farmhouse interior design style. No, all you need is some clever natural colors, textures and items – and the knowledge of how to put the look together. 


Or, as @Amanda Garrity puts it: “Good news: You don't have to live out in the country to make your farmhouse dreams a reality. Instead, you just need a few cans of white paint, enough shiplap to cover your walls, and all the reclaimed wood accents you can find.”


Get with neutral shades

Cream, off-white, light brown, tan, and light grey – you get the idea. In other words, avoid bright neon color and dark blues, purples etc. Country Style is all about lightness and a feeling of calm. So keep those walls, large furniture items and fabrics in soothing neutral shades


Get your paintbrush out

If you can’t find chairs or a coffee table in a shade you like then find some furniture you love the style of from a flea market and strip the wood down. Paint it a neutral shade that will fit in with the rest of your room and it’ll look as if it has always been sitting there. 


Introduce lots of wood

Wood gives an interior a lovely rustic feel. Reclaimed wood looks far more authentic than brand new off-the-shelf planks. It also has far more character and a story behind it. Painted wood in duck egg blue, olive or fern green adds a little color to a farmhouse style interior without clashing with neutral walls and textiles. Have piles of firewood at the side of a fireplace housing a log burner.


Blend the old with the new

Antique items, picked up from car boot sales and thrift shops look great in a farmhouse theme. Think old enamel jugs, washboards and even shop signs. Just make sure you don’t get too many - it can be hard to stop - otherwise you’ll end up too cluttered (which will take away from the soothing neutral shades).


Hang up wire baskets

Forget shelves for displaying items – use wire baskets instead. These really suit the practical no-fuss farmhouse look and they’re not expensive to buy either. Hang the baskets on the wall and use them to store pillows, display large bunches of dried flowers or sit plant pots in.


Get a grand lampshade

Large vintage looking chandelier style lampshades are great in a farmhouse kitchen – or any room, for that matter. Look for light fittings in antique brass, copper or silver (the shabbier and more pendant-looking they are, the better). 


Use linen fabrics

Linen tablecloths, napkins etc. look lovely in a farmhouse setting. That’s because linen is a natural fabric and its natural shade is a neutral one. Don’t just stop at the dinner table though - linen is also lovely as bed sheets and curtains.


Hang pots and pans

If you are lucky enough to have exposed beams in your kitchen then put up some antique hangers and display your pots and pans on them.

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