9 Ways to Give Your Farmhouse Design a Modern Twist

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Farmhouse design can sometimes feel a bit "been there, done that" since it has been around for a while. But the truth is, farmhouse style has grown up a lot.

Now, modern farmhouse is the new offshoot, which includes unique updates to the more traditional farmhouse style. While the overall look is still rustic and cozy, there are some new design tweaks that you can make to allow your home to feel more up to date. Think: unexpected hues, accent walls and gray wood.

Try these nine spins on farmhouse style for a fresher look:

1: Add Modern Light Fixtures

Farmhouse Sink with Large Black and Metal Pendants Above

White Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

This white farmhouse kitchen sink gets a modern makeover with chrome fixtures and a large, matching black and metal pendant lights above.

Photo by: Lindsay Salazar Photography

Lindsay Salazar Photography

This traditional farmhouse-style kitchen feels completely different with the addition of two modern pendants. Mixed metals, like the chrome cabinet pulls and brass light fixtures, also bring a fresh take on the space.

2: Create an Accent Wall

Transitional Bedroom With Pink, Green & Gray Floral Wallpaper

Feminine Bedroom Boasts Fun, Floral Wallpaper

Gray wallpaper with a fun floral print in pink and green sets the tone for this chic, feminine bedroom. Black, white and gray furnishings add lovely contrast and keep the space from appearing too busy.

Photo by: Susan Gilmore Photography

Susan Gilmore Photography

Try using a bright wallpaper to create an accent wall in your home. Bedrooms are perfect for this, as you can quickly upgrade your space by dressing up the wall behind your bed.

3: Paint Interior Doors

Transitional Home Office With White Bookcases & Black French Doors

Home Office With Updated Farmhouse Style

This bright, transitional home office in a modern farmhouse features beautiful white built-in bookshelves, black French doors for lovely contrast and a dark-stained farmhouse style desk. A burnt orange rolling desk chair and gold accessories add to the stylish space.

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

You can instantly add some modern style to your space by painting your interior doors a dark color. Black is always a great pick; however, other colors, such as a charcoal gray or an inky blue, would also work well.

4: Add Updated Artwork

White Contemporary Cottage Bedroom Fireplace

Modern Cottage Bedroom With Black Fireplace

Floating white shelves serve as a modern interpretation of traditional built-in bookshelves for an airy feel. The contemporary black fireplace creates a nice juxtaposition with the white walls.

Photo by: Blackband Design

Blackband Design

Modern farmhouse style often includes updated artwork. Gone are the whimsical painted signs, which are slowly but surely getting replaced with sleek, black-and-white photography or graphic abstracts. In fact, switching out your artwork is actually one of the easiest ways to kickstart your modern farmhouse upgrade.

5: Go Gray

Dark Gray Rustic Bathroom With White Medicine Cabinet

Black and White Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

The homeowners preferred a more space-efficient bathroom that would flow with their rustic yet modern farmhouse. The white wall-mounted toilet, sink and medicine cabinet pop against the dark tile, and the white subway tile in the shower balances the white fixtures in the room.

Photo by: James Netz

James Netz

Wood has always been a part of farmhouse style, but even traditional wood is getting a makeover. Gray wood is currently trending in all sorts of modern farmhouse spaces. It manages to keep the same rustic quality as more traditional wood hues, but it offers a fresh and unique look. You can try gray wood in a smaller spot in your home first, such as a bathroom, if you want to see how it will fit in with your space.

6: Opt for Unexpected Colors

Turquoise Door on Remodeled California Farmhouse

Turquoise Door on Remodeled California Farmhouse

Beth Dana Design took on an extensive remodel with this early 1900s Santa Barbara farmhouse. The turquoise front door provides a jolt of color on the porch, which has barn-style lighting, a metal bin overflowing with firewood and a galvanized planter. Architectural elements include board and batten siding and a bead board ceiling.

Photo by: Beth Dana Design

Beth Dana Design

You can really modernize a space by using an unexpected color. This turquoise front door adds a completely different spin to the front porch of this more traditional home. Your front door is a great spot to set the tone for your home, and using a bright hue outside can really set the stage for your unique space inside.

7: Use Open Shelves

Custom Shelves

Living Room, Detail

Custom shelves in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Open shelving is a great option for modernizing your space. Using rustic wood for your shelves keeps you squarely in the farmhouse style, but the openness of the shelves makes for a fresh take.

8: Paint a Pretty Pattern

Transitional Porch With Lime Green Seating and Painted Ceiling

Vibrant Green Porch

A surprising lime green painted ceiling makes this porch feel funky and bright. Bold lines on the floor and in the outdoor furniture give the space structure and balance.

Painted floors are another common choice for farmhouse-style homes. A fun way to update this farmhouse go-to is to paint a pattern on your floor, like this back porch. The black-and-white pattern helps the porch feel completely unique.

9: Add Industrial Touches

If you're unsure what other styles you can mix in your farmhouse home, industrial is a great place to start. Industrial pieces tend to have a vintage look, but they also tend to be less trendy. These industrial stools, for example, pair perfectly with the more traditional farmhouse-style space. Industrial chairs at a traditional farmhouse dining table is an easy place to start.

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