Leave it to me…
To want to decorate my house “farmhouse style”, then feel overwhelmed with all the different variations and proceed to organize them into “farmstyle categories” so I can decide on the best one.
In my defense, the farmhouse style is a tough one to nail down!
For some reason, there is a total assumption that if you have farm animals, you want to cover your entire kitchen in chicken print wallpaper.
Spoiler alert: I don’t.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate a chicken decor here or there, it’s just that my style isn’t your typical “farmhouse style”. Over the years, friends & family have given me home decor gifts that I liked but didn’t love.
Just recently I decided that I needed to find MY farmhouse style. So, I set out to do just that.
Common Farmhouse Style Elements
I’m going to share with you the different styles I found and at the end I’ll tell you which one I am. It’s the one that speaks to my soul and makes me all happy inside. You get me.
Which of these 6 Farmhouse Styles are you?
Cozy or Rustic Farmhouse
In this farmhouse style you’ll see lots of soft colors like creams, browns, and light greens. There will most definitely be mason jars & chicken wire, too. You’ll also see lots of rustic, unstained wood.
Classic or Modern Farmhouse
In this farmhouse style it’s all about bright whites with contrasts of dark baskets or dark stained wood. There’s usually shiplap (painted white boards) on the ceiling or walls, and wreaths or fresh flowers. You might see some geometric lines which don’t seem like typical farmhouse style, but they definitely are. (Anything geometric makes me giddy so I shall deem it farmhouse-worthy.)
In this farmhouse style you’ll see more of a ranch-style decor. Corrugated tin looks awesome on an accent wall or even a ceiling. There MUST be some kind of animal head or antlers on the wall, and you’ll also see things like windmills, saddles, spurs, or other western gear as decor. There’s also a good chance you’ll see some animal prints or furs, but more farm animal-inspired, not African safari-inspired.
In this farmhouse style you’ll see more of an eclectic vibe. There’s a base with a cream or gray paint, but lots of pops of color throughout. This style isn’t afraid to go bright green, or vintage yellow. This style reminds me of a hobbit-like home. Full of that old-world look, but with plenty of bright colors to make it fun & not Tuscany in any way.
In this farmhouse style you’ll see light blues & pinks – think pastels. There will also be lots of scrolly (is that a word?) detail in the wood furniture & chairs. Oh, and you’ll also see old white or tin basins. Those are a definite must. You won’t see a ton of rustic wood, instead you’ll see old worn frames that are gold or distressed-painted.
In this farmhouse style (and some people might not call it a farmhouse style but I’m callin’ it one!) there is a bit of a hippy vibe. You’ll see Moroccan/Bohemian/Aztec/native american patterns, but you’ll also see old baskets, hats, throws, or old guitars in the mix. Weathered wood is a feature in this style. You’ll also see neutral colors mixed with blues & oranges. There’s always a dream catcher or feathers in this style, too.
My Favorite Farmhouse Style
Can you guess which style is my favorite? Want a hint? I live in Arizona and I have Native American lineage.
My favorite is a mix between the Bohemian farmhouse style & the Classic/Modern farmhouse style. Being a Type A, I love geometric lines and clean, white walls. Right now we’re painting our entire inside of our home a stark, stark white (blog post coming soon!) and I am gathering native american prints (think huge buffalo art), gold frames, live indoor green plants, succulents, and plenty of patterns that speak bohemian. I’ll also throw in old metal & wood. Because, farmstyle.
I have to say, in my research I’ve found that people today really throw together a mishmash of their favorites and that you really don’t need to commit to one theme as much as we all did the past. (i.e. chicken kitchen)
So tell me, which farmhouse style are you?