There is a good reason that interior designers went crazy for the farmhouse aesthetic over the past decade — and there are good reasons that many designers are moving away from it, now. If you love the look and feel of farmhouse, you can still create interior spaces that capture all the positives of the aesthetic while avoiding the negatives. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you are inspired by farmhouse design in 2022 and beyond.
Do: Make Your Spaces Feel Homey and Comfortable
The farmhouse aesthetic is inspired by vintage heartland homes, which tend to inspire feelings of coziness and comfort. While it might be tempting to build your farmhouse-inspired interiors based on appearance alone, doing so all but guarantees that your home will look and feel outdated in a matter of months. Instead of allowing visual trends to guide your interior decorating style, you need to choose pieces based on how they make you feel. Farmhouse décor should encourage you relax and feel at home in your space, so you should allow your emotions to guide your decision-making while you are cultivating a farmhouse-inspired space that will remain on trend for years to come.
Do: Invest in Authentic Farmhouse Pieces
When the farmhouse trend was at the height of its popularity, low-budget furniture designers copied the aesthetic with all sorts of low-quality knockoffs. However, as tempting as it might be to save money on inexpensive, new farmhouse furniture and décor, you should patiently search for authentic farmhouse pieces that are more likely to stand the test of time. Real antique farmhouse furniture tends to be made of quality materials, like solid wood, using construction techniques that can withstand hard wear and tear. It will take more time and effort, but you will be happier with the look and function of your farmhouse home if you invest in authenticity over accessibility.
Do: Opt for Functional Design That Fits Your Needs
Your family has unique needs, and you need to be certain that your home’s décor suits those needs. For example, you might need to invest in more storage solutions for your entryway to house kids’ shoes and coats or install a farmhouse ceiling fan in your great room to maintain efficient airflow. Every farmhouse is different because every family has varying requirements for a functional home. Function improves comfort, so you need to consider the design aspects you and your family can benefit from when curating pieces for your farmhouse spaces.
Do: Choose Pieces That Bring You Joy
Interior design is not a competition; you do not win an award for the most immaculately decorated home amongst your friend group. Instead, the goal of interior design is to bring you joy. Thus, if there is a component of farmhouse décor that you do not enjoy, you can and should skip it while you are designing your interior spaces. Then again, if you absolutely love some detail from a different design aesthetic, you should find a way to integrate it into your room. Ultimately, all that matters in interior decorating is that you enjoy spending time in your space.
Don’t: Buy Pieces That Are Overly Trendy
Interior design trends come and go, and thanks to social media, it certainly feels like trends are coming and going faster than ever. While you might be tempted to chase the latest and greatest trends you see in homes across the internet, investing too heavily in trendy décor pieces will probably only be a waste of money. As mentioned above, your farmhouse style should take time to curate, and you should be guided by your own feelings, not the aesthetics of strangers online.
Don’t: Force Farmhouse Where It Doesn’t Belong
Farmhouse works best in homes that already have a farmhouse look and feel, which typically means architecture elements like wainscoting, shiplap, clapboard siding, gable roofs, large fireplaces, etc. If you bought a mid century modern home — think: minimal decoration, flat and angular rooms, huge windows — your farmhouse décor probably won’t look quite right. If you are starting your interior decorating journey from scratch, you should take inspiration from the architecture of your home; then again, if you are moving with farmhouse furniture, you should try to find a property that matches your existing aesthetic.
The farmhouse interior design style is not for everyone, but you are your own person with your own tastes and aesthetics. If you still appreciate the hominess of farmhouse décor, you can use these dos and don’ts to inform your decorating decisions into the future.