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The Key Differences Between Classic and Modern Farmhouse Design

Today we’re taking a closer look at the Farmhouse interior design style, both classic and modern. Farmhouse designs are pridefully sturdy and practical with a warm and cozy finish, standing the test of time with a truly timeless design. While Classic Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse design styles are similar, they are also made up of different defining characteristics and design elements.

Is your taste more classic farmhouse or modern farmhouse? Read on as we break down the two warm-hearted and inviting design styles!

Classic Farmhouse

Classic Farmhouse style is a comfortable classic style that is welcoming, charming, and fresh! The farmhouse style has a historic feel drawing inspiration from early farm homes. This style prioritizes rustic charm, simplicity, and practicality to create a cozy yet functional home.

Some defining characteristics of Classic Farmhouse include:

  • Natural wood accents
  • Exposed wood beams
  • Butcherblock countertops
  • Wide plank wood floors
  • Shiplap walls
  • Earth tones
  • Weathered finishes
  • Apron sinks
  • Traditional fabrics
  • Vintage furniture

Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse plays off of Classic Farmhouse by incorporating many similar elements with the addition of modern touches such as glossy accents, minimalism, and smooth lines. Think of Modern Farmhouse as a more sophisticated and less rustic design version of Classic Farmhouse. By combining the natural elements of a Classic Farmhouse and adding cleaner lines and more contemporary furnishings and finishes, you can achieve a Modern Farmhouse design.

Some defining characteristics of Modern Farmhouse include:

  • Granite countertops
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Neutral tones
  • Sleek lighting
  • Less clutter
  • Industrial touches
  • Mix and match vintage and new furniture
  • Metal accents

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