This Upstate New York house got a full-fledged interior renovation. See how the homeowners updated it with bold accent colors for a modern twist.

By Jennifer Kopf
January 02, 2019

A charming stone exterior and barnlike addition create this 2007-built home's sophisticated farmhouse style. The inside got a full-fledged renovation by getting rid of unneeded walls and cramped spaces, and by adding in an extra-large dining room, abundant built-in bunks to maximize sleeping options, and big and small seating spots throughout the house.

To complement its sophisticated farmhouse exterior, the furnishings are done with the same modern-meets-country aesthetic. Against crisp, light backgrounds, there are artfully layered traditional shapes and patterns with clean-lined lighting, different materials, and happy punches of bold, vivid colors—primarily vibrant blues—to give each room a decidedly modern twist.

Appearing much older than its decade-long provenance, the stately stone house is juxtaposed with a wing designed to look like an added-on gambrel-roof barn. The owners wanted a farm-like house, but something a bit more stylish and sophisticated than a traditional farmhouse.

Inside, you’re greeted with a vivid glossy blue door and a vintage rug that seems to suggest the home’s entire palette in one graphic punch. The homeowners wanted to surround themselves with their favorite colors, including a range of blue shades.

With multiple seating and gathering spaces throughout the house, this light-wrapped living room is designated as the “grown-up room” and has a more formal feel. The designer started with crisp, neutral backgrounds, then let the furniture and artwork create color interest. A neutral backdrop gives you the opportunity to be a bit bolder with color since it is like a blank canvas.

Before the renovation, the kitchen’s footprint was large, but the layout wasn’t user-friendly. Now, an ample island grounds the space and provides lots of room for cooking, serving, and seating a crowd. The bright red bentwood Era stools are the hit of color in this kitchen against the white of the cabinets.

The owners wanted a farmhouse table that could seat tons of people. The dining room’s simple Windsor chairs—in a happy glossy green finish—allow for plenty of seats and provide the room’s requisite pop of color. Spotted at New York’s Affordable Art Fair, the colorful drip painting by Gian Garofalo was love at first sight for the homeowners.

Bright blue cabinets and a playful collection of vintage colanders put the “fun” in the functional butler’s pantry. It’s also hard not to smile in the mudroom, which also serves as the pool house, ski hut, and all-around drop zone.

Piled with pillows, the breakfast nook’s comfy banquette is the family's unplugged zone, hosting casual meals and afternoon reading sessions. The homeowners love the way the untreated tabletop records daily life. This area of the home is a great example of the maximized seating and gathering space created in this renovation.

The library’s surfaces are painted a high-gloss bold blue from floor to ceiling. This choice to paint all the trim one color gives it a unified backdrop and feels more modern. The strong high-gloss paint color is also so rich in this smaller space and envelops you; it's perfect to sit and read. A pair of French leather club chairs gives the room an old English library feel, while wall-to-wall sisal is topped with a contemporary animal print.

The large master bedroom was cozied up with shiplap-look paneling painted a soft cloud gray. The pale blue checked curtains give a nod to romantic style. Throughout the home the blue hues are varied from room to room; by mixing the shades slightly it feels more organic while still keeping with the overall cohesion of the home.

A custom-made washstand lends the powder room a country feel but in a fresh, clean form. The cheerful green color pairs nicely with the blues that carry through the home and the tiling on the floor is the perfect touch of farmhouse style in a modern setting.

The kids' room is sleepover central as the bunk boasts a queen bed on the bottom, a twin up top, and even a queen trundle bed below. The built-ins are a great way to maximize floor space. The color scheme is similar to the living room, where the backdrop is neutral in order to let the furniture and decorations speak for themselves and add vibrancy to the room.

The backyard pergola gives the family an outdoor room for enjoying their surrounding nine acres, making it the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set. It also takes the sophisticated farmhouse style and extends it out into their backyard keeping with the modern, yet country aesthetic.


Comments (11)

February 11, 2019
Where can I buy the green dining chairs? Or paint color to paint?
February 10, 2019
What's up with the lights hanging in the pergola?? Heavy night of drinking?
February 10, 2019
Too much color; doesn't work for me. But the patterned florr tile in the bathroom is a keeper.
February 9, 2019
Beautiful but way to fancy for my farmhouse style. Would never work on a real farm such as where I live.
February 9, 2019
all the white paint went out with the sanatoriums of the past. I believe it shows a lack of creativity and just a cheap way to get out of work
January 30, 2019
All I can say is WOW, I couldn't imaging living in a house such as that.
January 30, 2019
Yet another house that belongs to a 20-percenter. Does Better Homes and Gardens have no contact at all with middle America? Also, so much white is simply tiresome.
January 26, 2019
Love this color scheme! Would you please identify the wall paint colors?
January 25, 2019
This is a much better farmhouse style than others in the past have shown. I love the blues, but the library room is almost too strong with the blues for my taste. I also would choose a bolder color palette for the bedroom. I have been thinking of going with wide stripes that coordinate with my wallboard paneling widths, using either medium dark gray with soft yellow, or a dark blue with lemon yellow. Love the kitchen, breakfast nook, and bathroom/powder room.
February 10, 2019
I totally agree about too much/too strong blue in the library. And that couch in no way goes with the blues in there.
January 25, 2019
The Library Room is my favorite room in this house. I love the color, the leather chairs and the books.