A Farmhouse Dining Room for Color Lovers

Have your farmhouse style and color, too.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Balance Your Design Styles

Do you have trouble balancing your love of soft, neutral, Chip and Jo farmhouse style with your love of bold color? Well, relax! Here's how to create a chic farmhouse look and satisfy your color cravings all at the same time.

High-Contrast Color

Adding a vivid color, like this saturated blue, to the walls gives the room a sophisticated vibe. Thanks to the white wainscoting on the lower part of the walls, the color isn't overpowering.

Classic Wainscoting

You don't have to necessarily go floor-to-ceiling shiplap to get a farmhouse vibe. This high wainscoting gives the room that "they don't build them like this anymore" charm that works with just about any decor. And if you're on a budget you can always create faux wainscoting with white paint and minimal trim.

Tricky Hang-Ups

Don't let that high wainscoting throw you off your A-game when it comes to wall decor. Hang pieces at eye level, which not only makes it easier to appreciate the art but also softens all the horizontal lines in the room.

Statement Rug

A patterned, multicolor rug is almost like having another piece of art. It not only matches the abstract themes in the framed art, it builds on the "modern" vibe. And anyone with a family knows that patterned rugs are more practical, especially in a dining room.

Beauty of Pine

Whether you're a DIYer or not, I think we can all agree this pine furniture is gorgeous in its rustic simplicity. If you're handy, consider building your own pieces like a bench, console or buffet. Add a warm stain, a coat of polyurethane and you have an instant family heirloom.

Unexpected Lighting

This chandelier makes a bold statement with its oversized droplets hung from a traditional iron frame. It looks perfect hung above a rustic dining room table. Adding a bit of sparkle and shine through light fixtures is an easy way to keep the room from getting a little too "country." And if your budget is tight, opt for table lamps or vases in a glossy or metallic finish.

Maximize Seating

Farmhouse tables are perfect for big family gatherings. Maximize seating without the busy look of 10 chairs. It's also considerably cheaper to buy two pine benches instead of eight fancy chairs. There's one more reason to love modern farmhouse style.

Versatile Styling

The beauty of this modern farmhouse design lies in its versatility. Any tabletop styling looks great, whether you're hosting a sophisticated dinner party for eight or simply throwing together a casual grab-and-go breakfast for the kids.

Totally Kid-Friendly

From the rustic finishes to the patterned rug, this dining room is more kid-friendly than most. When you skip the expensive upholstered chairs and light-colored rugs, kids can get a lot more use out of the dining table. And you can breathe a bit easier on spaghetti nights.