How to Achieve the Farmhouse Look in Your Home

Rounding out our advice series from our Visual Design Team, let’s take a look at how to achieve the popular farmhouse look in your home. Melissa, Amanda and Carolyn, our Visual Merchandisers, have created a gorgeous vignette to provide inspiration and guidance.

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

  • Magnolia Home. Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home collection epitomizes farmhouse styling, yet it has sophisticated, feminine touches that keep the pieces from being too rugged. It’s uncontrived, welcoming, often distressed and always relaxed. Check out the curved and straight legs, the ornate detailing, the mix of finishes – eclectic yes, but still cohesive. Says Amanda, “Magnolia Home makes the ideal foundation for farmhouse comfort. It’s versatile and inviting.”
  • Natural Elements. Farmhouse styling brings the outside in. The Magnolia-inspired moss wall with hydrangea accents provides a natural backdrop for laidback farmhouse living. Carolyn (who recreated it), states, “This nature-infused piece becomes the focal point of the vignette.” In fact, all the accessories in the setting draw from nature – birds, flowers, metals and wood.
  • Vintage. Old and new live in perfect harmony! The vintage Toledo scale works well in this farmhouse setting, complementing the iron handles and metallic accents on the Magnolia Home pieces.
  • Muted tones. In keeping with natural influences, the colour scheme here is muted and soft – primarily pale greens/blues, lots of ivory tones and soft white, using pops of orange/coral for warmth. Melissa explains, “We generally stick to a simple, unfussy palette, using just a couple of colours with shade variations.”


Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

Farmhouse inspired display at our Stoney Creek location

More Farmhouse Styling Tips!

If you’re in love with farmhouse styling (and who isn’t these days?), here are some more tips from our Visual Design Team.

  • Keep it cohesive. Eclectic is good, random isn’t! Carolyn says, “Find common ground whether in upholstery colour, proportion, styling or finish. Blend and repeat – use your colour palette and materials across multiple elements; don’t go overboard with too much variety.”
  • Repurpose. Farmhouse styling loves to reuse and recycle. Whether it’s an old door as a wall hanging, galvanized buckets as planters, antique butter boxes as magazine holders or a wooden ladder for displays – use your imagination! “Whimsy is welcome!” says Amanda.
  • Maintain balance. One of the best things about the Magnolia Home collection is that it doesn’t try too hard to be pure rustic. It highlights elements of other styles. That’s one of the keys to successful farmhouse styling. Integrate a little contemporary, a little traditional and a little whatever you like to keep your space visually interesting and balanced.

We hope you’ve been inspired by the talents of our Visual Design Team and are using their ideas in your home this spring!

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