Paint Your Way to Modern (But Still Rustic) Farmhouse Style
Painting your farmhouse a modern style can pull in the celebrated rustic charm with sleek elements of mid-century modern aesthetic to create a warm and contemporary design.
While upcycled decor and sturdy furnishings are a huge part of farmhouse style, cultivating the perfect neutral color palette is just as important to achieving warm modernism.
Modern farmhouse design is best built around a color scheme of cool or warm neutrals that play well with natural elements and textures. When booking your painting project be prepared to select a lot of white paint!
There’s something endearing and romantic about living in a rustic farmhouse set on a rural plot of land. The classic farmhouse style is one that evokes warmth through natural wood accents, practical and sturdy furnishings, and a collection of decor that mixes heirloom pieces with upcycled antiques.
In a world of social media and high-tech homes, the modern farmhouse look has grown in popularity––perhaps because people are longing for simpler times when screen-time didn’t dominate the day. They dream up an aspirational lifestyle on their Instagram and Pinterest accounts that gives them time and a space for curling up in front of their fireplace with a cup of tea or pulling up a chair to their rustic farmhouse table for breakfast. The farmhouse lifestyle may be a dream for many, but the farmhouse design is completely achievable with a professional interior painting project.
The classic farmhouse style has been a timelessly fresh interior design aesthetic, and one that’s been sweeping across the event hosting scene, as well. If you’ve been to a wedding in the past few years, those barn venues, chalkboard signs, mason-jar centerpieces and reclaimed windowpane seating charts are all nods to the same rustic farmhouse charm that’s loved in interior design.
The look has evolved over the years to stay on-trend. Rustic, classic, shabby chic, traditional, or vintage have all been used to describe the look that pulls from days past. The mid-century modern look is the current golden child of the interior design world.
Mid-century modern is a clean, cozy and modern look that can mix and match with nearly any other interior design style there is, even farmhouse style. The marriage of the two looks has created a fresh take on modern farmhouse style.
It’s a ‘rustic meets refined’ style that combines the clean lines of contemporary design and industrial textures with the warm touches of country living. It translates in any room of your home. It’s a look that became even more popular thanks in part to the those popular home remodeling shows. House remodel after house remodel was done in the modern farmhouse style and viewers tuning in fell in love.
To pull off the modern farmhouse style, your painting color palette is going to be one full of cool or warm neutral paint colors like beige, silver, cream and gray that play well off of a variety of textures. A lot of farmhouse design is all about embracing DIY upcycling projects, but take the work of an interior painting project off your workload so you can focus on the finishing touches.
The team at CertaPro Painters® of Louisville Metro can provide a color consultation to help you select the right farmhouse interior colors and then give you the results you need for a seamless transformation to a simpler time and place.
Here are some ways to bring modern farmhouse design into every room of your home with a professional interior painting project:
Cozy, Modern Farmhouse Painted Master Bedroom
The modern farmhouse style is a wonderful aesthetic to channel for a rustic bedroom transformation because of its warm, relaxed and cozy vibes. It can offer you an inviting space to retire to at the end of a long day.
An upholstered headboard, sliding barn doors, crisp white linen bedspread and dramatic chandelier lighting––even the installation of a toasty, show-stopping fireplace if you’re really going all out––are hallmarks of a rustic and modern farmhouse bedroom.
Add some industrial pieces for visual interest like an iron canopy bed frame and chic bedside sconces. Modern farmhouse style is all about mixing and matching those sleek modern textures with natural, reclaimed ones.
With the perfect furnishings, you’ll need the perfect painting professionals to complete your project. Modern farmhouse style embraces neutrals. “The colors selected for this kind of design style should give a sense of history and a kind of lived-in aesthetic,” says Kathy, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Louisville Metro “Picking from colors with a gray tone are good options for a modern take on traditional farmhouse style.”
Here are some Benjamin Moore paint colors we love for a modern farmhouse bedroom color scheme:
- Pale Oak (OC-20) is reminiscent of the majestic white oak. It’s both a graceful and elegant color for your quiet retreat.
- Collingwood (OC-28) offers subtle nuances of whites that suit a tranquil, serene modern farmhouse bedroom.
- Balboa Mist (OC-27) is part of the Off-White Color collection that complements Mars Red (2172-20), a beautiful barn red rustic paint color to incorporate as an accent color.
- Revere Pewter (HC-172) is a light gray with warm undertones that creates a unifying look that calms and restores. It’s great for an open floor plan because it transitions so well between rooms.
A Down-Home Country Painted Kitchen
Modern farmhouse design is incredibly suitable for a kitchen space that will be the heart of your home. It’s a natural fit for blending together the modern aesthetic of your appliances with beautiful natural and reclaimed materials.
A large wooden distressed table (go for mismatched chair styles), kitchen island or exposed ceiling beams can create a focal point in the room. A farmhouse kitchen is the perfect space to showcase that heirloom hutch with plenty of antique accessories that infuse some rustic personality into the space.
Farmhouse kitchens allow you to get away with all kinds of cabinetry. Glass fronts and open shelving concepts are popular in this design because they allow you to show off your most beautiful items that play into the country theme.
Your cookbooks, sugar and flour canisters, baskets, pottery, tea towels, pitchers and tea kettle on display will enhance the look. Farmhouse design is all about using the things you love as part of your decor.
Gray is a popular color choice for rustic kitchen cabinets because you can easily add in shades of blue or green to create a warm feel without taking away from the rustic features of the space. Sherwin-Williams’ Granite Peak (SW 6250) or Grays Harbor (SW 6236) are great cabinet paint colors.
Modern farmhouse kitchens are great for light and bright white neutrals. Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (OC-17) is a classic light and luminous farmhouse favorite, as is the pure Mountain Peak White (2148-70).
Playful chalkboard walls fit right in a modern farmhouse kitchen. With Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint, you can turn a pantry door or entire wall into a functional chalkboard to plan your meals for the week or track your shopping list. The paint is available in thousands of colors so you can add a modern twist on the popular farmhouse look.
Modern Farmhouse & Functional Gathering Space
Farmhouse flair in your home’s living room is all about lots of open storage and welcoming textiles like plump couch pillows, slipcovered sofas and comforting quilts draped over your seating.
“You want the space to be cozy, but not cluttered,” says Lee, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Louisville Metro. “A whole lot of white paint is typically pulled into modern farmhouse rooms, but grays are also used as both primary or secondary color selections to complete the neutral color palette.”
Sea Salt (SW 6204) and Gratifying Green (SW 6435) by Sherwin Williams are greens rooted in grey to give your living room a bit of color while staying true to the farmhouse feel. If you want to use a clean white in the living room, look to Sherwin Williams’ Cloud White (OC-130). It’s a lightweight and sophisticated shade of soft white that is reminiscent of vapor clouds on a clear day. Complete the modern farmhouse look with a pitcher of fresh flowers as a natural way to bring some color and the outdoors inside.
Get in contact with the team at CertaPro Painters® of Louisville Metro to get a free estimate for a custom interior painting project on your walls or cabinets that can make your farmhouse dreams come true.