Rustic yet chic, contemporary yet country—modern farmhouse style marries the best of old and new. Get inspired to incorporate contemporary twists on the classic style into your home with our roundup of modern farmhouse decor ideas.

By Jessica Bennett
Updated April 01, 2020
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The terms "modern" and "farmhouse" might have once seemed like opposites, but this combination of design styles is now trending in a big way. In fact, searches for "modern farmhouse" began rising in 2015, with no sign of slowing down. Harnessing country elements with a contemporary spin, modern farmhouse decor blends clean lines, neutral color palettes, layered textures, and natural materials to create a timeless look that’s bursting with character. Whether you're looking for an updated take on the farmhouse kitchen or a cozy rural-inspired living room, this style strikes the perfect balance between old and new. We'll show you how to cultivate your love for modern farmhouse decor with tricks that put a fresh spin on rustic details.

Jay Wilde

Welcome Modern Farmhouse Style

An inviting first impression is key to farmhouse-style homes. And what better way to welcome guests than with a cozy modern farmhouse mudroom! This entryway nails the look with white cabinets, natural wood accents, and woven baskets. Shiplap details above the built-in bench add iconic farmhouse flair.

John Gruen

Cozy Up Modern Architecture

Expansive rooms designed in a contemporary style can feel cold and unhospitable without a few cozy accents. Take cues from this loftlike dining room and add warmth with exposed beams, distressed wood finishes, and textured accents. These pine beams were left with an unfinished look to bolster the organic feel. Modern farmhouse decor including black high-back Windsor dining chairs and an industrial-style pendant light deliver contrast against all the white and wood tones.

Kritsada Panichgul

Unite Styles and Eras

Marry modern and vintage elements for a character-rich mix. In this farmhouse bedroom, barn boards line the ceiling with rustic texture that contrasts the trendy geometric rug underfoot. The vintage-style metal bed is dressed in crisp white linens and simple striped pillows. At its foot, a bench crafted from a reclaimed wood beam rests atop modern black hairpin legs.

Edmund Barr

Add Farmhouse Character with Shiplap

Although shiplap was once relegated to utilitarian buildings like barns and outhouses, the style of rough-hewn wood slats is now a mainstay in indoor farmhouse spaces. Modernize the look with simple furnishings in a crisp neutral color scheme. In this modern farmhouse living room, pops of blue from the pillows and rug keep the all-white space from looking bland.

Edmund Barr

Embrace a Casual Design

Exposed brick is one of those cool design tricks that can be industrial, traditional, or edgy. Give the raw texture modern farmhouse flair by pairing it with open shelving packed with curvy antiques and vintage books. Consider keeping the rest of the space bright white so you don't overpower your sophisticated exposed masonry.

Jeff Herr

Hand-Stitched Farmhouse Style

Quilts are practically a dime a dozen at quaint farming stores and antique shops, so be sure to pick one up for your modern farmhouse bedroom. Make this decorative accessory look contemporary by choosing a quilt or blanket that features pops of bold color in lieu of painterly florals and paisley. Pare down the rest of the decor to let the quilt shine as the focal point.

John Granen

Industrial Accents

Industrial design is often rooted in hard finishes and raw textures. However, when paired with vintage wall signage and delicate textiles, the look reads decidedly farmhouse. To add a contemporary twist to your rustic industrial accents, try them in bright, saturated colors, like the swanky yellow metal barstools in this modern farmhouse kitchen.

Werner Straube

Reclaimed Modern Farmhouse Decor

There's nothing more thrilling than uncovering dusty treasures like beat-up wooden boxes and bubbled glass vessels from an old farmhouse. Rather than plopping your farmhouse antiques on the floor or shelf where you'd expect them, try rethinking their purpose. Here, old glass bottles are given new lives as contemporary pendant lights.

Laurie Black

Antique Signage Adds Comfort

Pause for a moment and imagine this bright white kitchen without its green and yellow accents and handwritten sign. It would be cool and contemporary, yes, but also far from cozy! The introduction of an accent color or two on top of a black-and-white foundation, plus that quaint, personalized sign, give the ultramodern space a down-home, farmlike feel.

Edmund Barr

Farmhouse Table Facelift

For generations, farmhouse tables have been a gathering place for friends and family. Yet, the rustic, worn-in tables of old have since seen a modern facelift. These days, rather than mismatched chairs, sleek seating and pared-back benches finish off a large wooden table.

Richard Leo Johnson

Playful Wood-Tone Pairings

While raw wood isn't necessarily groundbreaking when it comes to farmhouse design, including broad tonal shifts in the material is something new to consider. Try incorporating the entire gamut of wood finishes—from ultralight to dark ebony—in your space. Wood grains naturally complement each other, no matter the color, so it's hard to go wrong.

Michael Partenio

Oversized Pendants Light the Way

One might assume that adding homey character to a stark gray-and-white kitchen like this one would be a challenge. But think again! It's easy to add fresh farmhouse style to a contemporary kitchen simply by incorporating elements such as natural wood, plants, and oversize pendants, like the iron lanterns seen here.

Slide into Modern Farmhouse Design

One design technique that has catapulted farmhouse decor into the mainstream spotlight is the sliding barn door. Both practical and stylish, this on-trend accent nods to the agricultural roots of modern farmhouse style. Outfit a barn door with contemporary X-shape molding and bright white paint for an of-the-moment look.

Anthony Masterson Photography

Mixed Metals

Iron, copper, brass, chrome—farmhouse style has never been one for matchy-matchy detailing, but modern farmhouse designs play up mixed metallic textures more than ever to give spaces an updated lease on life. Here, an iron mount holds up a sliding barn door, copper metal outfits the lighting, and chrome coats the appliances and seating, yet it all feels intentional thanks to the consistent shiny finish seen throughout.

Michael Partenio

Balance with Bench Seating

When one pictures a farmhouse, it's easy to imagine a cozy space built to accommodate large, friendly gatherings. Banquette seating was built for such occasions and has recently benefited from the upgrade of modern chair choices. Rather than opting for the typical spindle-back chair, try pulling up a collection of midcentury-style seating. This simple switch will give your space an updated excuse to throw a party.

John Bessler

Farmhouse Sinks That Shine

The farmhouse sink is another classic detail. Whether you are a die-hard loyalist or you're brand-new to the farmhouse aesthetic, it's easy to fall in love with a traditional apron-front sink. Contemporary options now feature modern materials like stainless steel or soapstone in addition to the classic white porcelain.

Comments (6)

Anonymous
April 21, 2020
Is there a way to find out where I can purchase the slate tile that was used in the mud room (laid in a herringbone pattern) listed in this article?
Anonymous
April 21, 2020
I'm also tired of all white kitchens. They are so cold and antiseptic looking. Wood is much warmer and welcoming. And who needs a sign to tell you where you are (kitchen, etc) and to remind you to eat? Show some artistic decorations that require some creativity.
Anonymous
April 21, 2020
Most of my relatives were from rural farm country. Most of them didn’t have beams on their ceilings, they had bead board or tin. They didn’t have signs propped up on their shelves, they had boxes with the store’s names on them. Real pantries. Their sinks were not stainless, they were white porcelain. Counters were hardwood work surfaces treated with oil, not man made stone. Furniture was not plastic. Decorators have already modernized the farmhouse look by changing the elements. Now they want to take those changed elements and put them in rooms that don’t even look like farmhouse rooms or have farmhouse furniture. Synthetic furniture? Mid century modern cabinetry? Urban industrial kitchens? Totally artificial and forced. Come on, this is getting ridiculous. Get back to the basics. Let’s see real farmhouse again, when kitchens were practical, and living spaces were cozy.
Anonymous
April 18, 2020
Some of these don’t look “farmhouse” at all. Just adding open shelving or ceiling beams doesn’t make a house a “farmhouse” any more than running a pipe across the ceiling makes a house “industrial”. From these photos, I can now assume that nearly every remodel can be considered “modern farmhouse” as long as a quilt or a sign ir a pic of a cow is tossed in.
Anonymous
April 18, 2020
Some of these don’t look “farmhouse” at all. Just adding open shelving or ceiling beams doesn’t make a house a “farmhouse” any more than running a pipe across the ceiling makes a house “industrial”. From these photos, I can now assume that nearly every remodel can be considered “modern farmhouse” as long as a quilt or a sign ir a pic of a cow is tossed in.
Anonymous
March 13, 2020
I am really sick of Shiplap, barn doors, all white kitchens and signage that says EAT, Kitchen etc. I was reading that that is now going away as a trend and color, texture and Wood cabinets of natural color are coming back. Yay Just saying!!