May 21, 2020 | Carpet One Floor & Home
The modern farmhouse trend has taken its place among the most highly sought-after styles in home interiors the world over. This look is warm and welcoming; though well-worn, it is certainly well-loved. This particular design style hinges on heritage, each furnishing and every detail has a story to tell, or at least that sentiment is implied through the imperfections that are honored by this look. In a nutshell, "modern farmhouse" is "home."
In the modern day, the traditional farmhouse has undergone a transformation. Despite the implicit meaning of this trend's title, the modern farmhouse aesthetic is not limited to your typical stereotypes of chippy furnishings and country charms. Quite the contrary, this traditional-cum-modern aesthetic is defined by quality and luxury, and it effortlessly makes its way into rural and urban dwellings alike.
With that being said, those rough-hewn pieces and artisan touches still play a pivotal role in this casual look. Picture it: a heavy, grainy harvest table for 12, set atop a grainy wood floor, artfully illuminated by an angular chrome chandelier overhead, and against a saturated backdrop in the form of a feature wall in a vibrant hue. Modern farmhouse decor is all about finding the right balance between these deeply conflicting, yet oddly complementary styles. Somehow, it all just works together and the result is pure harmony.
As they say, opposites attract and, in this case, it is true. However, achieving the right ratio of "modern" and "farmhouse" really depends on your individual style preferences. Those who lean more toward "glam" versus "grit" can easily up the glamour by incorporating refined, modern materials, such as polished chrome and gold; glass and mirror; geometric shapes and bright pops of color. When rustic is the preference, elements like natural wood and organic shapes take center stage, complemented by a few carefully curated, contemporary statement pieces. Think polished metals, crystal and glass, mirrors and anything else that can deliver shine on a dime.
The transitional modern farmhouse trend continues to evolve as new design ideals and progressive products come on stream. When designing a space from a blank slate, flooring should be the starting point, as a key element in the overall tone of the space. As with furnishings, flooring in the modern farmhouse decor style will be rustic, yet refined.
While tile has enjoyed a long and strong reign as king of kitchen and bathroom floors, wood has made a spirited comeback, much loved for its inherent warmth, simplicity and durability. And what is more farmhouse-chic than wood kitchen and bathroom floors? While wood has a look and feel that's ideally suited to modern farmhouse style, it leaves something to be desired in the durability department, particularly when it comes to high-traffic and water-prone areas. Available on the market today are wood-look ceramic tiles, as well as vinyl and laminate plank that echoes the look of wood while delivering added durability and clean-ability that simply can't be matched by its authentic counterpart. Vinyl plank products also make a great addition to heavy traffic area such as a mudroom or foyer, or at a cottage.
Bellevue Avenue in “Sunken Treasure” by Invincible™ H2O™ Luxury Vinyl
This warm, textural tone is warm, yet light enough to create a beautiful modern farmhouse look. It would pair beautifully with black hardware, white or tonal painted cabinetry.
Matte finishes, as opposed to glossy ones, contribute to a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere that is the essence of "farmhouse chic." This softer look is soft and understated, and has been spotted adorning everything from cosmetics and cars, to home hardware and yes, even flooring. With casual atmospheres trending in interior decor, matte finishes in hardwood, porcelain and vinyl flooring products are making an appearance as well.
Haut Monde - Unpolished in “Elite Grey” by Bel Terra™ Tile
This is a perfect choice for a modern farmhouse space. The matte finish is ideal for this look, it hides mess and offers a relaxed feel. Install in a staggered brick pattern for a cobblestone look. Consider contrasting the grout to a darker charcoal which will make the tiles pop and it also will keep your floors looking clean longer as lighter grout will stain over time.
If there's a surefire way to deliver the warmth that characterizes the modern farmhouse aesthetic, it is through textiles. Upholstery, window dressings, accessories like pillows and blankets, and carpeting make all the difference. When selecting your flooring, you don't have to reach for the thick, heavy-pile carpet samples to achieve warmth. Remember, "modern farmhouse" is about simplicity, and this should always be the underlying principle in your design and decor choices. Opt for natural materials and colors that are subtle, understated and comfortable. The right carpet will warm up the look and feel of your home, without weighing down a light and airy aesthetic.
Copper River in “Moonlight” by Tigressá® Cherish Carpet
This carpet has all the elements of modern farmhouse. The looped design and color fills the space with warmth while being practical for everyday use.
The "modern farmhouse style" has a very distinct personality that draws people in and instantly makes them feel right at home, while still feeling fresh and forward-thinking. Today's take on this typically traditional trend celebrates the untroubled, the earthy and easygoing. The modern elements that bring this time-honored trend into the modern era leave you with a sense of refinement and thoughtfulness.