The allure of the modern farmhouse style is that it combines old and new, textured with smooth, and dark with light. When done right, it blends well-loved items with clean modern finds to create a simple and stunning look. Follow our tips for creating the perfect blend of “down on the farm” and “downtown.”

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In the Dining Room

Rustic Farm Table + Modern Dining Chairs + Bold Chandelier

From left: French Provincial Style Farm Coffee Table, Modern Forms Kryptonite Sixteen-light Chandelier, La Murrina Swirl Vase, and Kasper Salto for Fritz Hansen NAP Sled Chair. Interior by: Janie Molster.

An antique farmhouse table that shows its age (worn wood and all) adds character, while modern chairs with clean lines bring a pretty simplicity. Add a modern, metallic chandelier with a sleek silhouette to complete the look.
Designer Tip: Mix vintage and antique pieces with modern furniture, but keep everything in a neutral color palette. This look thrives on a palette of black, white, and warm wood tones. Keep your walls white and your pops of color to a minimum.

In the Living Room

Slipcovered Sofa + Industrial-Style Coffee Table + Geometric Rug

From left: JD Staron Think Kilim Flatweave RugSchumacher Citrus Garden PillowsVerellen Lawrence Slipcovered Sofa, and Kravet Norbro Burl Coffee TableInterior by: Janie Molster.

Another element of the modern farmhouse look is traditional silhouettes of relaxed upholstered furniture that begs you to take a seat. When comfort is combined with modern touches, like the raw steel legs of a contemporary coffee table and a patterned geometric rug, the simple clean style really starts to take shape.
Designer Tip: Mix natural linens, white upholstery, warm woods, and geometric patterns to create a soft textured look.

In the Bedroom

Iron Bed Frame + White Vintage Dresser + Black Accessories

From left: JANUS et Cie Smudge BowlTraditional Style Five-Drawer ChestArt Nouveau Style King-Size Four Poster BedPaul Ferrante Queen Anne Nine-Light Chandelier, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Parson Side TableInterior by: Ohara Davies-Gaetano.

Start with a simple wrought iron bed with crisp white bedding. Add Parson tables to go on either side of the bed and a vintage dresser with loads of paint-chipped character. Lastly, hunt down modern accessories in gray and black hues (mirrors, pottery, sculptures) for an instant modern farmhouse master suite.
Designer Tip: Pull from different eras and styles, but look for pieces with simple clean lines that tie everything together.

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