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What is Rustic Farmhouse Style?

There’s one style that is on everyone’s lips: rustic farmhouse. Thanks to shows of HGTV-fame – Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, and Curb Appeal, just to name a few – have pushed the aesthetic to the top of Google and Pinterest search results.

Though you might recognize the style by sight, you might not know what differentiates it from, say, cottage or shabby chic looks. Knowing the hallmarks of the style can help you recreate the look in your own home.

Rustic Farmhouse

This “look” has practical origins. It evolved from the style found in actual rural farmhouses, particularly those in the American south in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These were homes that were built by farmers using natural and salvaged materials. Inside, the furnishings were often simple and functional, a reflection of the farmer’s lifestyle.

Today’s take on the style isn’t quite as utilitarian, but it shares many of the same trappings.


-neutral, natural colors

– lots of textures

-mixed metals

-comfortable furniture


-wood, and lots of it

Get the Look

Overall, rustic farmhouse is a comfortable style, with touches of refinement. The look should be cozy, with natural warmth radiating from the décor.

Start with your palette.  White, cream, beige, sage or even grey provides a great backdrop for the mixture of objects and textures that will permeate the rest of the design. Natural colors, such as earthy greens or browns or light blues, can be incorporated, but they need to be used sparingly, lest they detract from the other elements in the scheme.

This isn’t just on your walls; pick furniture that is in the same palette, saving bright colors for accessories like throw pillows, blankets, or rugs.

You also want to bring in lots of textures.  Incorporate a mixture of fabrics, such as cotton, canvas, and chenille, to add vibrancy to your muted palette. Light fixtures and architectural details in different finishes can also be sources of texture. Try adding metals with different finishes as well, to simulate the weathered look of rusted farm-side fixtures.

The most crucial ingredient to getting the rustic farmhouse style is wood. This was the most readily available building material in the early days of the American south, and it was not used sparingly. Wood beam and post systems are a great way to incorporate the material and provide a centerpiece for a living room, dining room, or kitchen. Adding a wood mantel over a fireplace, or wooden floating shelves in the living room, will also bring in the warmth and natural beauty of the wood.

The Olde Mill is a manufacturer of engineered, reclaimed wood beams, mantels, and custom wood pieces. We have the perfect wood piece that will give your space that rustic farmhouse charm. Call us at (225)291-8588 or email us at for a free sample of our reclaimed wood beams and pieces, and let us show you the difference 100 years can make.