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How To Turn Your Home into a Modern Farmhouse

October 29, 2018.Nicole LeLeux.1 Like.0 Comments

The popularity of the modern farmhouse is on the rise. More and more people are finding themselves longing for the simplicity, yet elegance of the modern farmhouse as opposed to any other style of home Рmyself included. However, not everyone is looking to purchase or build something entirely new. Which is okay! Fortunately for us, there are a few different ways that we can transform our current homes into the modern farmhouse of our dreams.

The modern farmhouse has three main identifying factors- the white exterior, the style of openings, and the various accents.

First and foremost, this style of home is most notorious for it’s completely white exterior. In most cases, the exterior¬† is made up of board and batten or shake siding. If your existing home is made up of lap siding, and you are not looking to replace the siding with board and batten or shake siding, it would be acceptable to paint the existing siding white. Also, if your home currently has brick or stone, it is recommended that you paint that white as well to give the exterior the modern farmhouse style that you are looking for.

After you achieve the all-over white exterior on your home, it’s time to focus on the openings. The white exterior is most commonly paired with darker windows. In most cases, the window frames are black and have simple grills. Along with the windows, the front door to this style of home is usually black or dark in color with a large glass window. Although, in some instances, this is not the case. If you are feeling bold, you can try to give your home a solid colored door like red or blue. Whichever you may choose, just keep in mind that it is the large window on the front door that fits that modern farmhouse vibe. The last of the openings that needs to be discussed is the garage doors. Modern farmhouses are notorious for their carriage style garage door. The good thing about carriage style garage doors is that there are so many options of doors that you could use. Most people tend to be drawn to the white carriage garage doors with windows with grills along the top of the doors, but it will be good to choose a garage door that most suits you and your home.

Once the siding has been converted to white and the new openings have been put into place, the next step would be to focus on the modern farmhouse accents. The modern farmhouse is notable for several different accents, including: wood columns, metal accent roofs, and style of lighting. When converting your home into a modern farmhouse, keep a front porch in mind. If you are considering adding a front porch to your home, cover it with a metal accent roof supported by wood columns. The wood columns used on a modern farmhouse are never really overbearing – simple 6x6s or 8x8s will do the trick just fine. Along with the front porch, you will also want to use a metal accent shed roof over the garage. On modern farmhouses, these accent roofs often present open rafter rails beneath them. If you are reluctant to give the rafter tails a try, you could opt out for using wood kickers and supporting beams instead. In most cases, over top of the garage accent roof, you will want to add a modern farmhouse style of lighting. Most commonly, a modern farmhouse will debut a goose-neck style of lighting. However, the goose-neck lighting isn’t the only option. Below are different styles of lighting that you could use to add modern farmhouse accents to your home.

By following the steps listed above, you will be a few steps closer to giving your home the modern farmhouse style that you have been longing for. Giving your home the all-over white exterior will be the start to giving your home the look that you are going for. Over time, as your budget allows, you will get closer and closer to achieve that overall look by replacing existing openings and adding the popular accents. When all is said and done, it will be as if you are welcomed by a completely new home – the home of your dreams!

Feel free to share in the comments below any pictures of your modern farmhouse remodel.

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