There's more to this classic decorating style than shiplap and barn doors. (Though these living rooms have some of those too.) Refresh your home with ideas from our favorite farmhouse living rooms.

By Andrea Crowley
October 15, 2019

Make your home feel cozy and welcoming with inspiration from our favorite farmhouse living rooms. Whether you prefer farmhouse decor that leans more cottage, country, or even contemporary, the style offers something for everyone. Known for its use of neutral colors and natural materials (and yes, shiplap), modern farmhouse style draws on the past but with contemporary twists like tailored lines, mixed materials, and layered textures. Our roundup of 15 farmhouse living rooms will inspire you to put your personal stamp on this style to create a living room you’ll never want to leave.

Brie Williams Photography

Start with Shiplap

It’s no secret shiplap has become a huge design trend over the past decade, making its way from home shows to Pinterest boards. With its clean lines and wide planks, shiplap makes the perfect backdrop in this modern farmhouse. A plaster fireplace soars to the vaulted ceiling and stands out among neutral furnishings.

Related: How to Install a Shiplap Wall

Rett Peek Photography Inc.

Modern Eclectic

Sliding barn doors are a sure sign of farmhouse style. These salvaged beauties were refinished and stained caramel for a warm contrast to the stone and concrete elements in this modern farmhouse living room. The caramel-color stitched-leather butterfly chairs continue the color scheme.

Edmund Barr

Farmhouse Furniture

Consider slipcovers when furnishing your farmhouse living room. The practical update makes it possible to decorate with creamy white fabrics without the fear of permanent stains. Here, white slipcovered chairs provide a canvas for alluring blue accents. A weathered brick fireplace is the perfectly imperfect centerpiece in this otherwise polished room. 

Rett Peek Photography Inc.

Eclectic Mix

This farmhouse family room is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll. The mounted banjo and guitar, a 19th-century piano, and graphic poster are noteworthy against the paneled accent wall and neutral furnishings that ground the living room in farmhouse style. An animal hide rug on a vibrant pink oriental rug adds eclecticism.

Nathan Schroder Photography

Bright White Walls

Neutral walls and lots of natural lighting are hallmarks of farmhouse style. This crisp white living room allows wicker accents and fresh greenery to take center stage. Wood accents—the mantel, pendant light fixture, a mounted basket, and vintage crates—warm the color scheme.

Sprout Media Studios Inc.

Cozy Cabin Details

Distressed woods juxtapose matte metals in this farmhouse living room. Black metal on the sconces, window trim, and ceiling fan add a little drama. Coastal elements, like navy blue accents and a nautical-theme coffee table, allude to the home's lakeside location.

Sprout Media Studios Inc.

Cottage Appeal

Found items bring charming country touches into this shabby-chic farmhouse. An old barn ladder showcases favorite throw blankets. Caster wheels found on Craigslist give a chicken crate a lift, making it the right height for a coffee table. IKEA sofas wearing white slipcovers provide a blank slate for piles of patterned throw pillows.

John Bessler Photography

Updated Shiplap Walls

Cowhide chairs, shiplap walls, exposed beams—all are traditional markers of farmhouse style. However, this home modernized the look by installing the shiplap vertically then painting usually white shiplap dark gray. The contemporary accent wall provides sharp relief for a light beige tailored sofa and artwork.

Nathan Schroder Photography

Modern Farmhouse Style

No chicken motifs here! Contemporary elements, such as a sleek shiplap fireplace, midcentury modern seating, and a concrete coffee table, lend modern farmhouse style to this space. A few pops of turquoise, pink, and yellow warm the otherwise neutral furnishings. 

Julie Soefer Photography

Mix and Match Finishes

Whitewashed louvered doors sweetly frame this cozy cottage's fireplace that anchors a display of mounted antlers and modern artwork. The distressed finish of the coffee table matches the doors but juxtaposes the cool, contemporary stone of the fireplace. Rusty antique milk canisters double as vases. 

Greg Scheidemann

Nature-Inspired Accents

If you’re looking for rustic living room ideas, give this coffee-table-on-wheels a spin. Styled to look like a onetime pigeon coop, the DIY furniture piece has a glass top and casters for function. Hay-inspired throw pillows, branch elements, and wicker baskets complete the country look. 

Tria Giovan Photography, Inc

Sitting Pretty

Creamy whites and earthy browns make an understated duo in this inviting farmhouse living room. Leather barrel chairs draped with sheepskin throws and plaid pillows play nicely with a white pouf ottoman. A neutral jute area rug finishes the look.

Panichgul Studios, Inc

Natural Habitat

Farmhouse style is all about practicality and casual appeal. A recycled steel beam wearing its maker's stamp brings a bit of industrial vibe into this rugged, cedar-plank cabin with all its exposed timber. Splashes of sage and turquoise pull in the colors outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Panichgul Studios, Inc

Rethink Secondhand Furniture

Found items are what give the farmhouse style its unique character.  The salvaged old wheelbarrow became a gorgeous statement coffee table for this neutral living room. An eggshell palette keeps the focus on the wood elements like the sliding barn doors

Werner Straube Photography

Outdoor Oasis

This country-kitsch sunroom is filled with more than natural lighting. It includes tons of farmhouse living room decorating ideas, including a DIY rocker made from a wicker chair, a vintage tabletop fan, and an antique gas-can lamp base. Red in the rug, ottoman, and wood-burning oven nods to bygone barns.

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