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Aug 15, 2022

Behind the Design of the Farmhouse Natural Interior Design Trend


Modern Farmhouse Evolved

An evolution of the Modern Farmhouse trend, made popular by Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame, Farmhouse Natural is an interior design trend that is putting a new spin on “farmhouse” and refreshing it by bringing the outdoors in. The once very white farmhouse aesthetic is now being warmed up by natural woods, earth tones and vibrant houseplants.

By incorporating the tones and textures of nature, the once provincial-heavy design turns a corner toward contemporary and timeless. Farmhouse Natural interiors unite the old and the new to bring a fresh look for the modern home.

Essential Farmhouse Natural Design Elements

Sophistication and character go a long way in interior design, and this revived trend blends the unique rustic charm of the traditional farmhouse look with the refined architecture and black accents of a more modern style.

Farmhouse Natural is classic countryside chic that meets cutting-edge interior design. It’s a nod to the past while looking to the future — a blend made possible by a few essential design elements.

  • Open floorplan
  • Clean lines
  • Dramatic architecture features (carriage-style garage doors, windows, covered porch, vaulted ceilings, etc.)
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Black colored accents
  • Oversized kitchen island
  • Exposed beams
  • Natural colors
  • Fireplace
  • Galvanized metal or lighting
  • Shiplap
  • Open shelving

What Is the Secret to Making a Space Feel Natural?

Farmhouse Natural speaks to our innate desire to slow down or simplify, reminding us of how good it feels to live in the moment and enjoy the company of loved ones. It’s like a picnic in the park on a sunny day — a sense of familiar comfort enhanced by natural beauty.

Farmhouse Natural should feel cozy yet have room to breathe and rejuvenate with plenty of natural light and warmth. When bringing the outside in, here are a few easy elements and materials you could use to add a natural focal point:

  1. Textured linens
  2. Weathered wood
  3. Wire baskets
  4. Leather
  5. Potted plants
  6. Wicker and burlap
  7. Exposed brick or stone
  8. Handmade fabrics
  9. Butcher block countertops

How Important is Flooring in Farmhouse Natural Interior?

Believe it or not, flooring is one of the most important design elements of the Farmhouse Natural trend. The type of floor you choose absolutely matters because it often is one of the primary focal points of color in a room.

For most, the traditional farmhouse flooring is typically hardwood. Chosen for its warmth and texture, hardwood brings a welcome contrast to the neutral color palette of a farmhouse design. One particular design aspect that sets Farmhouse Natural apart from more traditional farmhouse designs is the degree of “rustic” that’s incorporated. Farmhouse Natural should incorporate a more sophisticated, paired down rustic aesthetic for a more modern feel.

At Metroflor, Farmhouse Natural is influencing some of our newest design releases currently in development. These include:

  1. Natural Oak is a rustic design with the rusticity dialed back.
  2. Family Oak is another rustic look but with a more sophisticated sensibility.
  3. Sophisticate Ash is a clean and soft wood grain with calming color tones.

Go Behind the Design of the Farmhouse Interior Design Trend

Metroflor’s Director of Design Natalia Smith guides the design of Metroflor’s vast portfolio of vinyl plank and tile floor including LVT/LVT and waterproof SPC and WPC floors. Natalia began her career in interior design and migrated to surface design. She has spent much of here career with an eye on trends in interior design and how the affect product designs. In the video below, Natalia takes a closer look at the Farmhouse Natural design trend, and discusses how it’s influencing her flooring designs at Metroflor.

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