Design Style: Farmhouse/Rustic

By Lindsay Wakeman

Welcome back for the fourth post in the Design Style series! This week I am going to share a little bit about the farmhouse style, which is really popular right now. Think Chip and Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper, Magnolia Home…that sums up this style! If you don’t know who Chip and Jo are, they have a show on HGTV called Fixer Upper. I love Joanna’s work, so I will share a few of her images on this post in a bit.

So what is this style and how can you point it out? Farmhouse style is identified by a few different aspects. The first is that you will typically find wood floors and light colored walls. A lot of farmhouse style homes will also have furniture that has been painted or refinished to give it a more rustic look. Next, there is a large use of wood furniture whether that be a kitchen table, curio cabinet, or chairs. You will also find a lot of natural textiles, I see a lot of linens used on furniture in this style. The last trait I want to touch on would be the use of signs on the walls. Go ahead and look at the aspects I’ve covered in the photos below!

Magnolia Home

Magnolia Home

Magnolia Home

Cotton Stem Interiors

Cotton Stem Interiors


I have to admit, this style is one of my favorites. I think I am drawn to the use of neutral colors and really using the “raw” materials. I find this style to give off a peaceful feel as well, so it makes me feel more relaxed believe it or not! I hope you have enjoyed the farmhouse design style, I know I do! I will see you next week for the final post about transitional style in the design series!