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Jumpstart Your Day: 8 Design Ideas for a Farmhouse-Inspired Home

Achieve a country rustic space with these elements


If you enjoy watching home renovating shows like me, then you probably saw some, if not all, of the episodes of HGTV’s popular show Fixer Upper. One of the reasons why I love it is the amazing teamwork of Chip and Joanna Gaines and how they transform old (and sometimes falling apart) spaces into cozy and beautiful rustic-inspired havens. Whether you love the show or you simply adore the warmth of farmhouse style spaces, here are eight design ideas to keep in mind:

Main photos from: How to Decorate and Marie Claire Maison.

Shiplap Walls and Hardwood Floors

It’s no secret that Chip and Joanna like wood elements, so it’s really exciting whenever they unearth original shiplap and hardwood  walls and floors. When designing your own home, consider working with white shiplap walls and medium to dark-stained hardwood floors as these can give your home a light, airy feel right off the bat!

Photo from How to Decorate.

Natural Light

When building your dream home, consider having big, well-placed windows in strategic areas like the living and sleeping spaces. If this is not an option, you can paint their frames a nice neutral color, and hang thin, light-colored drapes to achieve a well-lit space.

Photo from Entirely Eventful Day.

Farmhouse Sinks

A lot of homes in Fixer Upper feature farmhouse sinks in the kitchen. These sinks are big and deep with long necked faucets with finished fronts. Unlike normal sinks, the finished fronts are exposed, and juts out from the kitchen counters. You can totally have fun with these sinks by painting your kitchen counters a different color than your sink to make it stand out more, or going for a seamless look by going for matching shades.

Photo from Nicety Journal.

Kitchen Island

If you have enough space, consider having a kitchen island. It can serve not just as an additional counter space, but also as a small pantry, a breakfast area, or for open layout homes—a special nook that separates your kitchen from the rest of the house.

Photo from Homedit.

Hanging Light Fixtures

Chandeliers and pendant lights are great choices to achieve this style. Create a statement by hanging up several unique pendant light fixtures over the dining table, kitchen island, and living area.

Photo from Marie Claire Maison.


Repurposed Furniture and DIY touches

If you're renovating an old home, chances are, you get to have tons of vintage furniture that you can repurpose and restore. However, if you're not yet ready for projects like turning an old church table into a kitchen island, you can consider a few small projects such as creating a hanging side table made out of an old swing.

Photo from A Clothes Horse.

Industrial Accents

Keep things interesting in a rustic-inspired home by adding industrial touches that can serve as accents. Metal legs on a wooden panel dining table, kitchens with shiplap walls and subway tile backsplashes, and cool industrial light fixtures hanging from wooden beams are just some of the things that you can consider for your space. Don't be afraid to mix-and-match styles. 

Photo from Froken Overspringshandling.

Inspiring Wall Decor

For your home, pick out something that really uplifts you. You can display it on a table or hang it on a wall where everyone can see it—including guests. This helps lighten up the vibe at home and spread the good vibes to visitors and loved ones.

Photo from House by Hoff.

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