Interior Design Styles: Modern Farmhouse

modern farmhouse home design

August 31, 2021

Farmhouse-inspired interior design has been around for a very long time. (Long before certain DIY shows made it famous.) Whitewashed walls, timber beams, and contrasting metals embody this mix of contemporary and country, calm and cozy. And the Modern Farmhouse look is a great opportunity to take the style, and allow it to reflect your Cothran home’s interior. 

What Is a Modern Farmhouse?

Essentially, it is a more sophisticated take on traditional country style. The perfect combination of contemporary minimalism mixed with a warm and comforting, relaxed and rustic vibe. The farmhouse interior design has specific features that help create a relaxed vibe and a cohesive and curated style. The ideal modern farmhouse style should balance practicality and elegance. While nothing should be overly fragile, the space should maintain a certain sophistication . 

Materials & Finishes

Think rustic, distressed or natural. From weathered wood to exposed brickwork, distressed finishes instantly say “rustic farmhouse”. A brick wall. Exposed wood beams. For a kitchen think shaker-style cabinetry paired with cool metallic hardware, and pared-back natural wood furniture.  

Neutral Color Palette

Neutral color palettes are the base for the contemporary component of this style. Shades of whites, creams and grays. For accent colors, you can choose anything, but in muted tones to achieve the nature-inspired feel that embodies modern farmhouse interior design. So light greens to deep blues, burgundy reds, burnt oranges, and mustard yellows!


Feel free to mix metals (gold, black, silver) in the same space. Brushed finishes work well for farmhouse since they match any other distressed surfaces. Gunmetal greys are a go-to in farmhouse interior design, adding a rustic feel as well as some elegance and contrast. Galvanized steel adds an extra rustic touch.


Mixing different textures is one of farmhouse design’s hallmarks. For furniture, choose distressed surfaces, with scratches or knots. Go with materials such as leather, linen and velvet. Then add textiles like natural fiber rugs, knitted blankets and faux-fur pillows for depth and a timeless look. 

Accessories & Decor

Juxtaposing modern with vintage is an easy way to achieve the modern farmhouse look – and add your own personality. Signs and graphics are also popular, as are vintage mirrors, country-inspired landscapes and botanical prints. A few well-placed accessories should add sufficient farmhouse vibes, without adding clutter. Flea markets and antique stores are a great place to find authentic pieces that add just the right touch. 

If you are interested in learning about new homes in South Carolina, and how the talented design team at Cothran Homes can help you achieve the Modern Farmhouse-style home of your dreams, call us at 864-318-9349 or schedule a personal tour today. 

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