Affordable farmhouse details
March 1, 2018
The rustic style has become a desirable trend in home décor. The look reflects the simplicity and comforts of country living—casual, infused with the ingenuity of a pioneering spirit. Recycled and repurposed items fit beautifully in this décor, which also happens to blend well with cottage, traditional, and even modern styles. At Ideal Homes, we recognize the popularity of the rustic look and we’ve incorporated affordable farmhouse details into the new homes we build throughout the Oklahoma City metro region. Our designers integrate wood beams to enhance the rustic look of a home. Exposed beams or shiplap are traditional features of farmhouse style. This architectural detail blends well with any of our floor plans, because we create these designs with versatility in mind. In the kitchen, open shelving has become a popular trend overall and for farmhouse style specifically. Replacing some of the upper cabinets with open shelves allows people to display their eye-catching pieces, like pottery, as well as allow more accessibility for useful tools like cookbooks and mixing bowls. The objective of simplicity pairs nicely with down-sizing your abundance of dishes, cookware, utensils, and serving pieces. The remaining cabinets in a farmhouse style are painted, usually white or antique white, but we’re seeing some people opt for soft shades of blue, green, yellow, and other subtle hues that add a splash of color. A farmhouse sink is another desirable feature in today’s kitchen—and a style that can work in anything from rustic to formal, depending on the sink’s material. These oversized sinks were originally a staple in country homes, where the person in charge of the cooking had to prepare large amounts of food and game. Behind these sinks, add a backsplash, like brick or stone to carry on the rugged, natural look that this style presents. Nothing says “farmhouse” like a sliding barn door. Ideal Homes’ customers frequently ask about incorporating these interesting doors into the home. Use them on a closet, as a divider (from the master bedroom to the bath), or anywhere you have space on both sides of a doorway. The sliding barn door can be crafted in a wide range of styles and materials, including reclaimed wood for an authentic look and even with glass or a mirror. The hardware is equally varied, so this detail can work seamlessly even in a contemporary home. Your bathroom can also reflect a farmhouse look. Opt for white cabinets, perhaps with the Z-back look of a barn door. Shiplap accents on the walls or ceiling are affordable ways to complete this cozy look. Like the sliding barn door, a front porch is equally rustic, particularly when you add elements like a rocking chair or porch swing, accented with overflowing pots and galvanized containers of herbs and flowers. Throw in some mason jars, a country-style wreath with a burlap bow, and you’re living the farmhouse style. Since we’ve stepped outside, the exterior of your home can project the farmhouse style, simply by adding details like painted shutters and brick. The exterior paint colors of this style of home can be bright white, an earthy or neutral shade, or a Colonial color, like blue or yellow. Farmhouse style is as much a feeling as a specific set of details. Think rustic and simple. Then go from there. For some help envisioning your farmhouse home, browse our gallery of floor plans in Ideal Homes’ new home communities throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. If you’re anxious to move now, we also have some quick move-in homes available immediately.