Farmhouse style homes are having a moment. A 2020 survey from Homes.com asked more than 5,000 adults across the United States about their favorite home style from a list that included Craftsman Bohemian, Mid-Century Modern Ranch, French Chateau and Tudor, among others. The modern farmhouse was the big winner, as entrants from 42 out of 50 states rated this simple, comfortable style as their favorite.
Home improvement projects can help homeowners add their own unique character to their homes, and these projects can be both aesthetic and functional. Here are some farmhouse design elements that homeowners can consider when looking to transform their home’s interior with this popular style in mind.
• Exposed Beams: Exposed beams instantly conjure up the image of a farmhouse. BobVila.com home improvement experts note that this rustic home improvement project can use real wood or faux beams that look just like the real thing. Decorative beams that have nothing to do with the structural integrity of a home can be installed by skilled do-it-yourselfers. However, even false beams are heavy, and BobVila.com recommends homeowners have their existing structure assessed by an engineer before installation.
• Weathered Wood Finishes: Weathered is designed to make something look less than perfect. Distressed wood finishes can be found in many farmhouse style homes. Furniture and frames can provide the aged look that farmhouse fans crave. This is a relatively inexpensive project that many homeowners can tackle on their own after watching online tutorials that recommend the right tools and techniques to get the job done right.
• Kitchen Sink: Many components combine to create a truly classic farmhouse kitchen. But perhaps no component is more essential than the classic farmhouse sink. HGTV home improvement experts note that a classic farmhouse sink features a deep and wide basin. Farmhouse sinks are big enough to hold all the dishes that come after a big family meal. Old-fashioned porcelain sinks are worth considering by homeowners who want their kitchen sinks to evoke a traditional farmhouse feel.
• Countertops: HGTV recommends butcher block countertops for homeowners who prefer the European farmhouse style. Homeowners remodeling their kitchens to create a farmhouse feel should consider installing a large island with a walnut butcher block countertop for an authentic farmhouse feel.
Farmhouse style homes are very popular. Some simple renovations can help homeowners with a farmhouse flair bring that classic look into their home.