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Building a Dream House: 5 Farmhouse Style Favorites

Even though we’ve lived in our house for 18 months now, I still love looking through home decor and architecture magazines and blogs and finding beautiful images of homes, especially farmhouses. Here are some of my very favorite design elements that go well with farmhouse style (and no, we didn’t put all of them in our house!)…

1. Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding Barn Doors have become super trendy, but that’s not a bad thing. They really look cool, and I can tell you that out of all the things in our house, our barn doors get the most compliments. I kid you not,just today someone said, “Wow! Those sliding barn doors are really cool! Whose idea were they?” You can find them in all kinds of styles: weathered, reclaimed barnwood, painted, stained, rustic, modern, basically whatever style you want. And here’s the good thing about a cool decor element becoming trendy: they are so much easier to find and so much less expensive than they were a few years ago. I was at a really popular, totally normal hardware store the other day, and they had a really nice looking sliding barn door with the mounting hardware for under $500. Guys, that’s a steal!!!

Sliding barn doors look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

Sliding barn doors look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

2. Plank Walls
Is there anybody out there who doesn’t appreciate a good plank wall? We used tongue and groove boards on the plank wall in our mudroom because we had lots of them left over from another project, but shiplap is another kind of board you can use, and one that’s really popular these days. Either way, you get the same effect: Crisp, clean, white walls that are anything but boring!

Plank walls look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

Plank walls look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

3. Hex Tile
I love how timeless hex tiles look on a bathroom floor. Ceramic hex tiles have been used in bathrooms in America for over 100 years (yes, I looked it up!), so you know 10 years from now, no one will be thinking how your floor looks so 2016. And they can be as plain or as fancy as you want them to be. We went with plain white ceramic tile and love the clean look, but I’ve seen lots of amazing hex tile patterns too, and the marble hex tile is pretty gorgeous as well.

Hex tile flooring looks great in a modern farmhouse bathroom.
[photo from BHG]

Hex tile looks great in a modern farmhouse bathroom.
[photo from Studio McGee]

4. Black-Framed Windows
This is the one that keeps me up at night. Literally weeks after we had our windows installed, I thought, “Shoot! We should have gone with black frames!” It’s such a striking look, especially on a white farmhouse. The contrast between the white walls and the black windows is just so dreamy. My only comfort is that when I was visiting my sister in Connecticut last Fall, we drove past a new house that was really similar in style to ours, and I thought the black window frames made the covered porch look too dark. But 99% of me still wishes we’d gone with black-framed windows. Sigh.

Black window frames look great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from Home Bunch]

Black window frames look great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from FGY Architects]

5. Metal Roofs
I really don’t have too many things I’d change about our house, I promise, but I am curious how just our front porch would look with a metal roof instead of the shingles that match the rest of the house. Metal roofs are another design element that I admire whenever I see them on someone else’s house. It takes the farmhouse look and gives it a sleek, modern, industrial edge.

A metal roof looks great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

A metal roof looks great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from Home Bunch]

Do you have any favorite farmhouse features?




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