Living in Upstate NY there are many historic farm homes that were built with excellent architecture. Large wooden beams and coffered ceilings make farmhouse design alluring today. With a revival of Rustic design and rich heritage of older homes and estates in upstate New York,  this style is a marriage made in heaven! I’ve put together some steps to follow to create beautiful, functional upscale farm house designs. To start the Journey…

Stay Neutral

Use a neutral pallet of light and airy colors to create a calming and casual atmosphere. When you do add color, make it a soothing green or sea-mist blue that adds a touch without too much pop. Soft shades of brown, black, grey, tan, beige and white are used quite often to ground the whole design concept.

 

Blending History and Current design

Mix together old furnishings, new fabrics and colors to keep your look fresh, but inviting. Even if you don’t currently own true antiques you can fake it. Use Distressed furnishings and sanded off painted surfaces to give the look of worn out furniture that has a story to tell.  Pull vintage farm equipment into the décor and give each piece a new purpose. Think outside of the box when decorating your home using old plates, glass jars, used books, dressers as vanities, trunks as coffee tables and more.

Using Fresh Flowers and Greenery

Pulling in greenery from your yard adds character and beautiful texture to warm up a room. Options includes indoor plants, twigs, branches, succulents, herbs, flowers and pine cones. Use them in pots, clear vases, and more. Whether real or fake, this is a staple farmhouse décor.

Adding Texture

Shiplap wood ceilings, stone accents, barn wood floors, milk glass, linen pillows, antiqued tables, textured mirrors and much more. There should always be abundance of texture in farm inspired homes.  Even if you don’t own a home with brick walls or wood floors you can add in texture through your furnishings. When it comes to farmhouse style, there are guidelines but no hard and fast rules. You may enjoy anything from metal barn lights and industrial chandeliers, to classic mason jar pendants. The common thread that all farmhouse style shares is the antique, casual and streamlined design.

Finding Time … Clocks

Amazingly unique wall clocks have wowed you, designers strategically place them everywhere in farmhouse design. Incorporating gorgeous antique (or antique looking) clocks to remind us of times past. Here aged leather chairs and the right accessories, invite you to sit and pass the time away..

What is a perfect farmhouse home? In my opinion its architecture and construction that fits naturally into the topography while offering beautiful inspired interiors that transform outdated spaces into Old World themed treasures. Treatments such as coffered ceilings, crown molding and transom glass windows enhance the warm farmhouse inspired designs….

Do you need ideas for creating a farmhouse design in your home? Attend the Times Union Home Expo 2017. Vendors like  Brookridge Custom Homes have plans for everything from a small rustic retreat to a high end custom Farmhouse inspired home, their booth location is 337. You may need to replace the windows in your farmhouse renovation. Talk with the specialists at Window World, for products that will enhance the history of your home while making it energy efficient. Located in booths 137-139. We have everything you need to add character with crown molding or coffered ceilings to your home, Curtis Lumber is ready with materials you need to start your transformation, their displays are in two locations for you convenience, booth’s 126-127 and 321-322. And don’t forget to stop and see me,  for help with all your design needs from home furnishings, window treatments and flooring to interior design ideas. Designs by Michele, at booth 328.  I’ll see you there!

 

Stay Tuned for more adventures…At the Times Union Home Expo 2017!

 

XOXO

Michele Conti

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