Wednesday November 28, 2018

How to Achieve the Modern Farmhouse Look

by Joann Whetstine

A very popular trend in home design styles is the modern farmhouse. It embodies a rustic, warm and comfortable design aesthetic that is very inviting. Milgard windows and patio doors were used in this beautiful, 4,000 square foot, new construction home that featured the modern farmhouse style.

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Modern Farmhouse Colors and Trends

As you explore each room, you’ll notice how all the little details worked together to achieve the modern farmhouse look. The colors in gray, brown and white with black accents are carried through the entire space making it feel calm and peaceful, as well as cohesive. Natural wood furnishings and decorative accent pieces warm up the space and are not too delicate for daily use, which was part of the original design.

Modern Farmhouse Colors and Trends

Modern Farmhouse Design Elements

This home exudes downhome comfort, with modern sophistication. Farmhouse elements that were used include reclaimed wood, metal and wrought iron accents, organic accent pieces (such as wicker or rattan), natural wood flooring, and a neutral color palette with a mix of fabrics and textures. It was important that the space was comfortable as well as livable.

Modern Farmhouse Design Elements

Black Interior and Exterior Windows

The use of black interior and exterior windows is another popular design trend and it works very well in this modern farmhouse style. Milgard® UltraTM Series fiberglass windows and swinging patio doors in the color Black Bean look very crisp and clean against the white walls, making it bold, yet at the same time understated.

Black Interior and Exterior Windows

Creating a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

The kitchen is a mix of metals and natural elements. Reclaimed wood floors and shelving feel homey, rustic lighting adds charm and the white subway tiles, cabinets and countertops keep everything crisp and clean looking.

Creating a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

This farmhouse sink and high neck faucet help make the kitchen easy to use and reinforces the idea that this space was designed for entertaining.

Farmhouse kitchen sink ideas

Natural and Livable

White bead board in the mudroom feels cozy and looks clean against the black accents of the drawer pulls and coat hooks. The lighting fixtures with bubble glass give an antique feel, but the wrought iron housing that surrounds it pulls in the cottage farmhouse look. Wicker baskets were added for storage and to continue the addition of natural accents throughout the house.

Modern mudroom ideas

Indoor Outdoor Living

Because this home was designed for entertaining, the Aluminum, three panel, glass stacking wall was the perfect solution. The homeowners can easily move from indoor to outdoor living and have room for friends and family to join them.

Indoor Outdoor Living

Project Information

Milgard Series Used: Moving Glass Wall System (stacking glass wall), UltraTM Series fiberglass windows and swing doors in the color Black Bean

Builder: Zetterberg Custom Homes

Project: Northwest Idea House 2018 - #NWIdeaHouse

Location: Tacoma, Washington

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Modern, but not farmhouse

I grew up on a farm in the midwest, I have been in many older farmhouses, this is not a farmhouse look. Farmhouses are not done in all white, the trim is wide, utilizes lower sills as shelves for plants or niceties, and is usually done in real wood finish, not paint. While the above is definitely attractive, its a bit of a reach to call it farmhouse.


Thanks for your input. That's where the "modern" part comes in. Designers today are taking bits from the past and putting a new spin on them to create a new look. We think this project turned out great.

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