37 Best Farmhouse Design Ideas for Your Southern Home

Even after all this time—after watching every Fixer Upper episode ever made and perusing Pinterest for all things shiplap—we still can’t get enough of farmhouse-style décor. Something about a farmhouse makes us swoon. Maybe it’s just in a Southerner’s blood, or maybe it’s because a country abode reminds us of simpler times. It might be because those natural wood floors sure do hide a lot, or that the wraparound porch is just perfect for late-afternoon sitting. Whatever the reason, keep it coming. We’re talking board-and-batten walls, sliding barn doors, heirloom antiques, cozy kitchens, and rustic accent pieces. If you’re of like mind, take a stroll through these farmhouse design ideas. You’ll find yourself starting a new project (or two, or three). Get ready to add a hearty dose of Southern charm to your home.


Add a Vignette To Your Entryway

Laurey W. Glenn

A vignette (created with a table, a round mirror, and a lamp) at the rear of a shiplap entryway draws your eye right into this 1,000-square-foot Alabama lake house.

“Dark wood floors work for every lifestyle,” said designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas of the five-inch, 100-year-old reclaimed walnut planks used in this home.



Mix Wood Washes

Photo: Brittany Ambridge; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Don’t be afraid to use different washes of soft color in your wood selections to create an all-over rustic look. From the counter tops, to the wooden beams, to the shelves, all wood finishes could have slightly different washes that create interest in the room. Get into the details and find wooden bowls, utensils, and trays like this kitchen did for an added rustic touch.



Get Sneaky With Your Storage Spaces

Laurey W. Glenn

The shiplap makes a wonderful distraction, eh? The “secret” door to the crawl space beneath the stairs doubles as a movable bookcase in this dream cottage designed by Amanda Braund. “I read a lot, so we put built-in shelving anywhere we could—in just about any niche and corner we could find,” said Braund.



Install Wood-Topped Counters

Hanna Seabrook

“People think wooden counters require a lot of maintenance, but we just oil them twice a month,” said designer Hanna Seabrook. “These are 2 ½ inches thick, which makes them look substantial.” Using wooden countertops and a wooden table with a primarily white-painted kitchen can add significant warmth and a farmhouse feel to your space, as seen in Seabrook’s Louisville, KY home.



Use Storage Spaces In New Ways

Laurey W. Glenn

If you’re short on square footage, use big family pieces in creative new ways, such as by storing dry goods or miscellaneous supplies in a china cabinet.



Create an Antique Dry Bar

Laurey W. Glenn

In lieu of a custom built-in, designer Anna Braund put her great-grandfather’s old chest to work as a butler’s pantry in the hallway of this 2,500-square-foor cottage. If you don’t have an old piece of furniture on hand, or a family heirloom perfect for this project, spend a Saturday strolling through antique stores or scanning the flea markets for the perfect piece.



Blend Rustic and Modern Styles

Kay Volmar

Farmhouse style…but make it feel fresh. Pair clean, straight lines with earthy tones and rustic pieces for a blend that’s all your own. “Farmhouse, minimalism, cottage, and modern. Picture them all together—that’s my look,” said Kay Volmar of her 1912 Florida cottage.



Utilize Natural Wood for Your Bedroom Walls

Alison Gootee

It just feels right to leave the natural wood as-is in a farmhouse bedroom. For avid hunters or collectors, it makes an ideal spot to display hunting mounts. Add a pop of color to the side tables, like these glass green lamps.



Make Country Magic in Your Laundry Room

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lizzie Cox

This enclosed porch-turned-laundry room practically drips charm, from the faint blue ceiling to the original terracotta floor. Add little curtains to the windows with your favorite vintage-inspired fabric to add a little extra appeal. A few frames on the walls, and a couple wicker baskets should finish off the cute-as-can-be laundry room.



Refined Country Details

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Gena Sigala

Get creative in your entryway. An antique etched-glass pendant adds elegance to this side entry, while animal skulls stand in for hooks—to catch hats, leashes, and other gear—and add a touch of country charm.



Infuse Old And New Décor

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Adam Fortner

Build your home around antique pieces, adding in more modern accents to tie the space together. An antique table for the entry, a set of cool wicker bull heads for the stairway wall. Balance!



Design an A-Frame Bedroom Design

Alison Gootee

Something about an A-frame bedroom gives us major farmhouse vibes. Ashley Gilbreath, designer of this Dothan, AL farmhouse, suggests trying a large light fixture in spaces with high or unconventional ceilings to add a warm, full feeling. “It helps draw your eye upward and balances the empty space up top,” she said.



Employ Natural Textures

Laurey W. Glenn

Classic buffalo check bedding looks right at home with textured wallpaper and a custom faux-bamboo bedframe. Add wreathes and flowers for more earthy texture. Paintings can really add an antique finish to the room.



Construct a Family-Oriented Living and Dining Space

Laurey W. Glenn

Any farmhouse-style home should be full of warmth and life. Multi-functional spaces ensure everyone is spending quality time together. (Tip: Cluster furniture to create defined spaces.)



Layer Neutrals

Kay Volmar

You know what never goes out of style? Neutrals. For a simple farmhouse layout, painting everything white makes the best backdrop for layering neutrals.



Integrate Multi-Purpose Accent Pieces

Laurey W. Glenn

There’s no reason to leave any room without an old piece of furniture. For example, this antique trestle table easily serves as an island, a prep station, and a dining table as needed. Add a deep farmhouse sink, and you’re set.



Hang Your Hats On the Wall

Kay Volmar

Lucky for us Southerners, wall decor can come right from the closet. Kay Volmar—who renovated her 1912 Florida cottage on a dime—gave us the best tip for filling a blank wall without a high price-tag: “Hang all your hats together in one grouping!”



Go Back in Time with Sliding Barn Doors

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Sliding barn doors in the kitchen? Don’t mind if we do. Even better if they’re taken from an early-1900s Tennessee barn, like seen in our 2013 Idea House in Nashville, TN.



Get Cozy at the Kitchen Table

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Go for timeless and surprisingly budget-friendly selections like beadboard walls (which run vertically for height), mahogany countertops, and hardwood floors painted a deep green-gray (Benjamin Moore’s Randolph Gray in an exterior Arborcoat finish for durability). Designer Olivia Brock topped off this room with a Country French drop-leaf table, found at a local antiques store.



Go Rustic With Your Kitchen Design

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Pick a statement-making range hood to round out a rustic space. The wooden finish on this range hood adds warmth to the space, while complementing the other wooden finishes throughout the kitchen. Pair it with some pops of color and you’ve got yourself a beautiful kitchen.



Paint Your Shiplap Mudroom

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Go crazy, and coat your shiplap walls in a bold color, like this dark blue. It makes any room instantly more interesting. And if you are worried about the dark color making the room a little too moody, pairing the dark-painted walls with bright white flooring tiles and ceilings help brighten it up.



Climb Into a Cozy Breakfast Nook

Hector Manuel Sanchez

This idea is perfect for busy families. “It’s a hard working space for everything from snacks to homework to breakfast. All five of us just climb in,” said decorator Fran Keenan of her breakfast nook in her Birmingham cottage. (Fun fact: The table is from her childhood breakfast room!)



Add Warmth With Reclaimed Wooden Beams

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Gena Sigala

Turn a newly built room into a lived-in farmhouse haven, starting with reclaimed wood beams. Wood beams instantly add warmth, and will make any room feel cozy. Add more wood accent pieces throughout the room to add to its effect.



Open Up Your Country Kitchen

Southern Living

Open shelving makes a case for displaying your china pattern all year long—and an airy, light-filled kitchen will let the morning be known before the rooster’s crow. This is a great option for minimalists, but may not be a great option for those who don’t love everything on display. Feel free to mix cabinets with some open shelves if you are looking for the best of both worlds.



Create a Conversation Room

Laurey W. Glenn

One of the best ways to make your home inviting to create a conversation room. A designated place for you and your guests to talk and catch up over a glass of iced tea. This living room is full of Southern charm, from the board-and-batten doors to the reclaimed-brick fireplace.



Add in Earthy Accents

Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Suzonne Stirling

Let nature and design unite in down-to-earth decor, even at Christmastime. Naturally shed elk antlers on the back of the mantelpiece and simple Fraser fir garland will certainly do the trick. The display centers around a portrait of the homeowner’s father (which his great-grandmother painted) in this Kentucky cottage.



Cozy Up Your Space With Natural Colors

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This spice-colored bedroom—painted with Sherwin-Williams’ Cavern Clay SW 7701—looks cozy enough to stay for awhile, don’t y’all think? Elongate your room by adding the curtain rod higher than the window, typically nearest to the ceiling. Add in an accent chair in the corner or the room for relaxing during the day.



Blend Country And Modern Styles

Alison Gootee

Don’t be afraid to add some color to a neutral-heavy home, such as with a fun backsplash choice. It makes any kitchen feel special. Mix the modern appliances, backsplash, and cabinets, with more rustic, country touches like the wooden frame, and animal skulls to add interest to your space.



Add Rustic Mudroom Cabinetry

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Design and Styling: Fran Keenan

Need a multi-purpose area that’s part laundry room, part mudroom, and part bar? Designer Fran Keenan knows how to make it farmhouse-chic. She added a wall of cabinetry that hides a washer and dryer behind skirts made from Ikea fabric, set up a bar in the cabinets above them, and placed a prep sink to the side. Genius.



Try Out Wood-Paneled Walls

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Rustic, salvaged wood-paneled walls will definitely have guests stopping in admiration after coming through the front door. Incorporate other wood accents to finish off the rustic space, but make sure to let the light in. Add antique furnishings to make this space the best it can be.



Use Both Modern and Vintage Styles

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Pair an antique table with modern Ikea chairs topped with faux sheepskins. It adds texture, and creates an interesting space. The beaded chandelier adds additional texture and goes perfectly with the colors used throughout. Additonal accents like the vintage painting and antique furniture, along with the floor-to-ceiling curtains really tie the space together.



Infuse Eclectic Pieces

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

To find coffee tables of the right size and scale, don’t be afraid to use an old decorator’s secret: Start with antique dining tables and cut the legs down to make them the ideal height. Add in a few thift and antique store finds to make the space all your own. Nothing tacks on more appeal quite like adding objects in your home with a story.



Repurpose Antiques

Laurey W. Glenn

Find creative ways to use objects that you already have. A gorgeous set of antique champagne buckets? Affix them to the wall and use them for flatware storage, as planters for flowers, or as graphic art. When in doubt, go vertical and take advantage of wall space in small rooms.



Search Flea Markets for Furniture

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lizzie Cox

Embrace the roughed-up look that antique treasures—found at estate sales, flea markets, and the like—bring to your home. No farmhouse should look “too fine and fancy,” anyway. You can always paint the furniture and make it your own.



Let in The Natural Light

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Make any dining space feel casual and homey by letting in all of the natural light possible. Sheer café curtains, hung just above the bottom sash, give softness and privacy—all while still allowing a view of the outside and inviting lots of sunlight to stream in through the upper panes.



Use Wood To Create Your Dream Country-Inspired Closet

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Refined limed-wood door fronts and similar cabinet hardware make for a closet that fits right in with your farmhouse decor throughout the home. And an enviable one at that!



Make a Statement With Your Entryway

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Go for a commanding, yet warm and inviting entrance with dark wood on your front door in a chevron design. This will surely grab your guests attention before they even walk through the door, and set the scene for what’s to come. Add some plants and even a wreath for an earthy welcome.


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