MODERN FARMHOUSE DESIGN
Putting together design boards for clients all over the country makes it easy to try out new styles and experiment with palettes. Using Laurel and Wolf’s database allows me to pick and choose which project I want to work on. If I tire of boldly patterned and bright rooms then I can select someone who is looking for something a little different. A room that feels softer, organic, and fresh. This living room was one of those projects. The colors are subdued, the materials are natural, and the finishes are matte. No shiny brass here. Just warm, cozy, and wonderful.
If you are drawn to this style home, you must check out Patina Farm. The owners are an architect/designer couple who are living in a pastoral farmhouse dream. Their aesthetic isn't as contemporary as some of the other inspiration photos, but they can curate a room like a boss. I've never seen antiques so at home in a new construction. Definitely worth a look.
This modern rustic look I tried to achieve would be perfectly suited in a contemporary farmhouse where goats and organic gardens roam free. In reality it was a new build home with high ceilings, lots of natural light, and a brick fireplace. After looking through a few inspiration photos, I knew it needed to have white walls, light woods, and dark matte metals. The caramel leather chairs were a no brainer, and once I decided on the blue sectional everything else easily fell into place.
The television is mounted above the fireplace, so the cabinet was selected to hold all of the miscellaneous electronics wirelessly. My favorite round mirror tops the console along with a smoky blue lamp. The circle shape of the mirror is repeated in the ceiling fan and the floor lamp to give cohesion to the room. Take note-repetition is one of those easy rules of design to follow. The floors are a lovely engineered oak wood that is protected by a natural jute rug.
The overall look is simple, but it’s really a lot of layered finishes and materials. All of the textures and tones help the room from being boring or monotone, which can very easily happen if you aren’t diligent about mixing your furnishings. The accents also help to bring some personality to the space. The branch and side tables add a sculptural quality, and the lumbar pillow brings a soft pattern. No room is complete with some greenery, and the snake plant I have shown is so easy to care for. It's the only plant that has survived in my own home.
This design has me ready to throw out all of my favorite rich colors, and live a life of curated subdued simplicity in the country. Until then, I'll have to make do with helping others in achieving their design goals. It's so very selfless of me.