There is an inescapable charm in an original, classic, country farmhouse. It has a patina, a weathered look and a sense that it was created from and for the land. It was an expression of using what nature provided out of necessity. And from those roots the charm and honest, simple beauty of the farmhouse emerged. But along with that came aspects that didn’t reflect the conveniences and styles that people, who have separated themselves from tending animals and farming the earth, required. To survive in a modern world, the farmhouse had to grow up.
We might say the farmhouse has become sophisticated; cultured, worldly. And that’s not a bad thing. We might love the timber beam or the barn wood that inhabit the old country farmhouse, but it is possible to refine that into a cleaner (figuratively and literally), structurally sounder, lighter and fresher look. By doing so, the farmhouse has evolved, maintaining some portion of that inescapable charm.
For the most part, the modern farmhouse is filled and built with light woods, modernizing the darker, weathered look of the classic progenitor. The modern farmhouse maintains the simplicity of old but uses cleaner lines, less clutter and more neutral colors, becoming a modern interpretation. While a classic farmhouse was filled with copper pots and pans and forged metal L brackets, the modern farmhouse might have a modern brass end table that replicates the hue of the old while maintaining a sleek sophistication of the new.
While the modern farmhouse basically remains color-neutral, that doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of all color. A few strokes of grey, green or deep blue can maintain the modern aesthetic while holding its link to the past. The richness of the past is replaced by the coolness of the present. Thin replaces thick. Light replaces dark. High ceilings replace low ones. The beams and the shiplap remain but they become lighter. Nature and simplicity remain but it all seems to have grown lighter, grown sleeker, more sophisticated. It has grown up.
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