Defining elements of the modern farmhouse look

Here are some key features defining elements of the modern farmhouse look that show up time and time again in modern farmhouse homes.

The term “modern farmhouse” has become universal in recent times, thanks to the many DIY and home improvement TV shows. This modern farmhouse style we’ve all heard so much about mixes old and new, along with natural textures and elements to create a warm and cozy environment. Here are some key features that show up time and time again in modern farmhouse homes.

Defining elements of the modern farmhouse look


Today’s modern farmhouses embrace simple yet high contrast colours schemes with lots of black, white, cream, grey, and other neutrals. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to forget about colour – the key is to use the simple colour palette as your base and introduce pops of colour via furnishings, artwork, and other decorative items.


If you have a love of cushions and cozy blankets, then modern farmhouse style is right up your alley! Layering these throws and cushions on beds, couches or chairs creates a sense of warmth and depth in the room. The fabrics, textures and colours of these elements should lean toward more natural textiles (think linen and wool) to help balance out the other more industrial or rustic elements of this design style.

Industrial touches

The clean lines of industrial styled elements compliment the more warm and rich elements of the modern farmhouse look. These industrial touches are a nod to the farm machinery of days gone by. Metal barstools and pendant lights are perfect to incorporate these industrial elements.

High, raked ceilings

Modern farmhouses make the most of advancements in building and construction, incorporating high, raked ceilings to capture the essence of the outdoors and bring it in. These higher ceilings add a sense of space to even the smallest homes.


Along with modern farmhouse came the word “shiplap”. A type of wooden board that was once used for its hardiness to build barns and sheds, it’s no wonder it has become a staple of modern farmhouse style! Using pine lining boards can bring the shiplap look into your home, whether it’s as a feature wall in one room or throughout your entire house.

Outdoor living

Regardless of whether your home has just a small backyard, or overlooks the sprawling country hillside, creating a comfortable outdoor space is important to that modern farmhouse style. Inclusion of planters and lots of greenery, along with elements like hanging chairs and comfortable seating will give your outdoor living areas that same modern farmhouse look we’ve come to know.


With the modern farmhouse style’s lean towards natural elements, it only makes sense that you would want to bring some of the outdoors in. Greenery and plantings can really help to pull a room together. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb, artificial plants work just as well as real ones, and save you the headache of trying to keep them alive.


One of the most recognisable elements of the modern farmhouse look is the large farmhouse style apron sink. This farmhouse sink is usually deeper than your regular sink with a large single bowl. Profiled shaker style cabinetry is another staple of the farmhouse kitchen with its simple, clean style, light-coloured finishes, and simple hardware.

Dining spaces

The staple in a modern farmhouse dining room is a big, rustic wooden table for all of your family and guests to gather around. You can add those industrial elements to the space with a pendant light or make it more glamorous with a large statement chandelier.

Mudrooms & storerooms

Many modern farmhouses have a separate mudroom with cabinetry to keep boots, coats, and outdoor items to prevent any outside dirt and mess from entering the home. They also often include a storeroom or larger pantry space particularly if you’re based further from supermarkets and other shops, or enjoy preserving your produce without adding extra clutter to the home.

If you are looking for the modern farmhouse that is just right for you, contact us at Manor Homes and our team can help to give you your dream home!

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