How to Outfit a Classic Farmhouse

Whether you’re painstakingly bringing an old farmhouse back to lifestyle or just enjoy that classic farmhouse appearance, these thoughts and inspirations are here to help. And although you’ll find various great product picks here, from paint colours and lighting to floors and much more, it can help to remember that the farmhouse spirit is all about making the best out of everything you have.

So when your budget is running dry, allow your creativity take over — reglaze these windows rather than getting them replaced, refinish your old cupboards, pull wood from an outbuilding to lay your new floors or repurpose crap into unique decor.

Susan Duane

An almost-black hue on shutters paired with white siding is a traditional farmhouse look. Keep landscaping and porch plantings simple with a lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and hanging baskets of Boston ferns.

Thiel Architecture + Design

Creamy white siding and trim possess a nearly seamless appearance. Timeless barn light sconces are right in the home above the garage, by the back door or on the porch.

Benjamin Moore

Ballet White OC-9 Paint

White with a bit of cream will look instantly classic on farmhouse siding — great on its own or using a contrasting color on shutters.


Little Warehouse/Barn Light – $266

The traditional barn light appears slick and even a little modern in a glossy black finish.

Farrow & Ball

Railings No. 31

Railings paint from Farrow & Ball, a almost black bronze, would look smart on farmhouse shutters.

Arcanum Architecture

Barn door dividers and farmhouse railings are all iconic bits. Try using one or both these features to lend personality to a dull exterior.

Easy afternoons on your farmhouse porch are crucial — pick a traditional porch swing or pair of rockers for optimum comfort.


Quorum One-Light Outdoor Wall Lantern, Oiled Bronze – $196.99

Gooseneck sconces are at once elegant and easygoing, excellent for the farmhouse porch.

Mountain Lumber Company

Weathered Antique Pine

A farmhouse floor should be the real deal — if you’re fortunate enough to own original wood floors, do anything you can to restore and use them. If not, a close second would be tracking down some reclaimed lumber, such as the stunning heart pine flooring displayed here.

Fredendall Building Company

Custom Paneled Door

In case you have good wood doors, then try stripping and refinishing or painting them rather than purchasing new. Once you do a good cleanup and replace hardware necessary, you’ll have like-new doors at a fraction of the price tag.

In case you really do need new doors — to match an addition to the original region of the house, for example — splurging on solid wood in a traditional style is well worthwhile.

Pottery Barn

PB Essentials Drape Rod – $49

Details thing, and this drapery rod from Pottery Barn fits the bill perfectly. A bit rustic yet tidy, this is a classic. Use several throughout the house for continuity.

Shannon Malone

Exposed beams incorporate farmhouse character to any space. If your house doesn’t have beams to expose, you can add them — assess salvage yards for reclaimed wood beams.

Julie Ranee Photography

Farmhouses are meant to be well loved and well used, not pampered. Chippy wood finishes, steel and galvanized metals are all materials that may take a beating and still look good.

Pottery Barn

French Stripe Roman Shade – $209

A tailored Roman colour in a relaxed ticking stripe is a superb option for the kitchen.

Fixture Universe

Rohl Shaws Rutherford Bowl Apron Farmhouse Kitchen Sink – $2,294.25

The iconic double apron-front farmhouse sink by Rohl is a worthy splurge — utterly timeless and built to last for generations.

Signature Hardware

Aberdeen Smooth Double Nicely Farmhouse Copper Sink – $926.95

If you prefer the apron-front style but want something different from conventional ceramic, then consider a copper farmhouse sink rather.


Vintage 1900 tug – $10.39

Simple and stately, these solid brass pulls using a black iron end would do well paired with Shaker cabinets.

Eclectic Pendant Lighting – $142

Barn lights in galvanized metal possess a rustic appeal that would be right at home in the kitchen. If you’re on a tight budget, try checking out a farm store — you may be able to score the actual deal for less.

Barn Light Electric Company

Ivanhoe Sinclair Porcelain Pendant – $175

An enameled porcelain pendant would be enchanting hung over a chunky farmhouse table in the kitchen.

Green Depot

Butcher Block Countertops

Strong butcher block countertops include a warm, homey note to the kitchen.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

A claw-foot tub is the quintessential choice for a farmhouse bathroom. Warm, comfy touches such as beadboard wainscoting and built-in details complete the appearance.


Ceramic Basics Savoy Tile

You can’t go wrong with hex tile white; it’s a timeless option for the bath.

Vintage Tub & Bath

Farmhouse Drainboard Sink With Legs

This enchanting drainboard sink could operate equally well in a tub or even a mudroom.

Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc

If your property is set back from the road, provide a cheerful welcome house each evening by installing arenas on posts. A standing-seam metal roof lends a modern rustic appearance well suited to farmhouse style.

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