Modern Farmhouse, The New Country

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By Niki VanEch

Fresh, rustic and comfortable, modern farmhouse is all of these and many embrace this style. Turn the pages of catalogs from retailers such as Restoration Hardware, Arhaus Furniture and Pottery Barn and you will find this easy-to-love style that takes a nod from the past and updates it with a modern eye. Incorporate these seven essentials to create a modern farmhouse look.

1. Reclaimed Wood. Few things add a sense of farmhouse character more than the authentic patina and warmth
of reclaimed wood. A table is an easy option. However, think about using reclaimed wood on the floors, ceiling beams, walls and headboards.

2. Old Wood Furniture. The more worn and faded the wood, the better. In addition, you can use milk paint to create a rustic, imperfect finish on any wood finish.

3. Rural Art. Farm animals, barns or landscapes. Modern art or traditional, whatever style appeals to you.

4. Grain Sack Textiles. With humble beginnings, grain sacks are prized for pillow covers, table runners and upholstery. These linen and hemp textiles are natural and sturdy.

5. Industrial Furnishings. Hardworking and utilitarian, industrial vintage items such as lighting fixtures and hardware showcase pure form and function. Salvaged and re-purposed galvanized aluminum, stainless steel
and iron lend just the right touch of sleekness without feeling too upscale.

6. Barn Doors. To make a major farmhouse gesture, swap out an interior door for a sliding barn door. Both doors
and hardware can be ordered from companies on line, with instructions on how to measure and install.

7. Ironstone and Enamel Ware. These were farmhouse kitchen staples. An all-white collection on open shelving works great in a modern setting.

Remember, you don’t need to be rigid. If it makes you happy, that is home.

Niki VanEch is an interior designer who has been helping clients in the metropolitan D.C. area for more than 20 years. Her home furnishings store, VanEch Studio, is located in Occoquan, Va. Her website is Like her at


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