no-fuss farmhouse style
Create a country look that’s clean, not kitsch, using these easy steps.
PUT IT IN NEUTRAL. A muted color palette instantly reads as more sophisticated than bright tones.
DON’T OVERCROWD. Giving items—artwork, shelving, furniture—room to breathe will keep a room from looking too precious.
ACCENTUATE UTILITARIAN MATERIALS. Showing off hardworking elements such as metal, concrete, and steel lends modern grit to a space.
GO WIDE AND LIGHT. These white oak planks measure 11 inches wide and feature a light stain—a forgiving color choice for dust and grime tracked in from the fields.
REFLECT LOCAL LIFE WITH ART. A black-and-white steer portrait, painted on a piece of sheet metal, pays tribute to the livestock raised on the property.
clockwise from top left: Marigolds displayed in a colander-cum-planter give new meaning to the term “farm to table.” Simplicity reigns in the kitchen, where unhoned stone countertops and alder wood beams accentuate the space’s clean lines. Fabricated from cedar, the kitchen’s open shelving lends an aromatic element to the room. What’s a Texas farmhouse without a few rocking chairs? The single-story home was modeled after traditional farmhouses both in look (white board-and-batten siding, metal roof, ledgestone chimney) and in layout (a central kitchen/living area flanked by bedrooms on either side).