How To Transition Your Home To Farmhouse Style

Changing up your decor style in your home may sound really expensive, but it doesn't have to be. It's easier than you think, and you don't need a home decorator to help. You can make a few subtle changes to give your home the beautiful farmhouse style you are trying to achieve without breaking the bank. See below for tips on how to transition your existing home decor to a modern farmhouse style.


Using the right paint colors is one of the easiest things you can do to transition your home's decor. Neutral paint colors are the type of colors you want to use, such as grey, tan/beige and white. Think soft and warm colors, nothing too dark or vibrant.  These colors should make your room feel warm and inviting. Some color options include: Smokestack by Behr, or Revere Pewter and Pale Oak, both by Benjamin Moore. When choosing the right paint color, be sure to bring the color swatches home with you to see how they look in your home. The lights inside a paint store are much different than your lighting at home. See if you can purchase a small sample of the colors and try them out on your wall. You can paint a small section of your wall, or paint a piece of paper with the color and tape it up on your wall. 

Small Decorative Elements

When transitioning to farmhouse style, you may need to get rid of a few items. Before running out to the store to look for new decor, look around your home for items you can repurpose or use. If you have old books, stack two or three, wrap them with burlap or twine, and place them on a side table or coffee table for instant decor. Take that melamine tray and paint it with chalk paint to set on a table. If you have some mason jars laying around, use them as they are as vases, or you can paint them with chalk paint for a little more added decor. Other items you can repurpose include pieces of wood -- use them to make one-of-a-kind signs, and an old desk fan can be painted to give it a rustic look. Frames or old pictures you no longer want can be repurposed as well. Paint them with chalk paint and frame a family photo or hang up the empty frame and add a beautiful boxwood wreath.

Larger Elements

If you want to take your farmhouse style a step further and have a little extra money in your budget, you may want to think about changing your furniture as well. That cold black leather couch can take a white slipcover to help give it more farmhouse style, or you can invest in a new couch. Again, think neutral colors with soft fabrics. Add decorative pillows and textured throw blankets for a more inviting appeal. Take an old dresser and turn it into a beautiful console table for your television to sit on or as a buffet for your dining room. 

When transitioning to farmhouse style, start out small with paint first, then add smaller decorative elements to help stay within your budget. Also remember that you don't have to change your entire home all at once. Start in the living room (or in rooms you use most), then branch out from there. 

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