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Modern Farmhouse Decor: Get The Look For Less

Elevate your home decor with a modern farmhouse style. Get the look for less with these budget-friendly tips and tricks. Get inspired with my latest farmhouse decor ideas for seasonal decorating. Budget-minded ideas that you can easily incorporate into any style of home.

For summer, I felt a need to simplify the decor and remove some of the clutter. These tips and ideas will help you decorate your home with a light summer feel.

Summer Tour

I’m joining 30 of my friends for the Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour hosted by Kelly at the Tattered Pew.

If you are joining me from my friend Paula at Sweet Pea, I’m so excited you stopped by.

If you are new to my blog, welcome. My husband and I built our modern farmhouse almost 5 years ago. It includes several vintage elements as well as a strong industrial vibe. We live at the end of a long dirt road, overlooking 3 ponds and pastures filled with cattle. Thanks for continuing on the tour, and I hope you’ll join me on all our downsizing, thrifting, DIY, decorating & gardening adventures.

Be sure to check out all the amazing tours and tips at the end of this post.

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What Is Modern Farmhouse Decor?

  • Neutral color palettes: White, cream, and light gray are popular choices for modern farmhouse decor. These colors create a clean and airy space that is perfect for showcasing natural light.
  • Natural materials: Shiplap walls, exposed brick, and metals are common materials used in modern farmhouse decor. These materials add warmth and texture to a space and create a modern yet rustic old farmhouse style.
  • Rustic textures: Distressed wood, chippy paint, woven fabrics, and woven baskets add a touch of rustic charm to modern farmhouse decor. These textures help to create a cozy and inviting space.
  • Vintage pieces: Vintage pieces add character and personality to modern farmhouse decor. These pieces can be found at thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, and online.

Pro Tips

  1. Start with neutral paint colors to create a clean, airy backdrop.
  2. Think budget-friendly farmhouse decor. Shop thrift stores and vintage shops for unique farmhouse decor.
  3. Mix and Match – to create a unique decorating style, mix rustic with modern. Create a curated farmhouse decor style with budget finds at thrift and consignment shops.
  4. See more tips on the Top 10 Best Thrift Store Shopping tips.

Modern Farmhouse Decor – Entry

Well, to be honest, we don’t have an entry! You just enter the farmhouse from the front doors, and there you are.

However, this view of the staircase is one of your first impressions. We spent a lot of time planning and executing the construction of this modern focal point.

The budget-friendly gallery wall was born out of a desire to hide an ugly vent.

Old windows and architectural salvage are a great way to build a gallery wall.

Although some salvaged pieces can be pricey, many are inexpensive.

If you have a large area to cover, old windows are much less expensive than large pieces of art.

Vintage Window and architectural salvage for budget minded modern farmhouse decor ideas.

Neutral Paint Colors – Budget Friendly

Did you know that using neutral paint colors is a budget-friendly decor tip?

Neutral paint colors can be used in any room of the house and can be easily coordinated with different furniture and accessories making them very versatile.

You can easily change the look of your home with just a few farmhouse decor accessory changes.

New pillows or a throw blanket can immediately create a new color palette without using a paintbrush.

The sofa pillows change seasonally and go from red to blue to gold without a need to change any other decor.

Modern Farmhouse Decor with budget-friendly tips.

Modern Farmhouse Open Floor Plan

The center of our modern farmhouse is actually all one big room with a loft over the kitchen and dining area. Therefore, a neutral color palette works best.

You begin in the living room as you enter the house, but as you can see, the kitchen and dining area are also immediately visible.

Pops of blue are added throughout the otherwise neutral space for the summer tour.

Rudy is wondering what happened to all his toys which are usually visible here.

Summer Decorating in a modern farmhouse.  Neutral color palette with pops of blues.

The Living Area

Although I love all my vintage and thrifted items, I wanted a less cluttered and open feel for summer. I love the minimalist style farmhouse, but when I try to achieve that look, I find myself constantly adding more! LOL.

Industrial farmhouse staircase decorated for summer in modern farmhouse style.

The neutral rug and sofa fabrics allow for various changes in pillow colors.

For summer, the blue sofa pillows soften the neutral colors and work well for a patriotic theme.

You can make the patriotic pillow using scrap fabrics for an inexpensive DIY project. It works well with the blue sofa pillows, which were a budget HomeGoods find.

The coffee table foundation is a simple tree round riser with a plant-filled urn and concrete rabbit.

In addition, a few magazines are scattered on the repurposed coffee table.

For more coffee table style tips, see The Secret to Creative Coffee Table Styling.

Country chic farmhouse living room with neutral sofa and repurposed coffee table, shiplap walls and vintage ceiling tiles.

Farmhouse-Style Dining Area

In this modern, open-concept living area, it’s hard to decide what to call a space. It’s not a dining room exactly, so I call it an area. I hope that’s correct.??

From this view, you can see one of my favorite combinations, woods and whites!

The dining area is full of thrifted white ironstone, white shiplap walls, a vintage white enamelware light fixture, a white bench, and a chippy old church pew.

This allows the warm honey tones of the antique hutch, old breadboard, and vintage copper pieces to really shine.

Mother’s Love is an original painting and prints are available for purchase in my store.

Fresh hydrangea blooms for modern farmhouse decor in the dining room.

The DIY Plate Rack is a fun place to display collected thrift store finds.

Although I wanted to simplify for the summer tour, I can’t remove the layers of breadboard and ironstone that fill the plate rack.

A collection of vintage copper and a favorite thrifted basket help to add texture to the space.

Antique hutch with vintage copper, breadboards and collections of vintage ironstone on a DIY plate rack

Don’t you just love fresh flowers? The beautiful hydrangeas are growing beside the greenhouse.

They were just planted last year, and I’m thrilled to have lots of blooms to add to my summer home tour.

Although I’m a wannabe gardener, having blooming plants in your garden is another budget farmhouse decor tip.

You can have fresh blooms without the expense of purchasing them.

Industrial enamelware light fixture over dining table for modern farmhouse decor ideas.

You can also see the repurposed vintage industrial piece tucked underneath the staircase.

I realized the card catalog drawers are perfect for holding bottles of wine and therefore decided to use it as a wine bar.

antique card catalog repurposed into a wine bar sits underneath industrial style staircase.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

In order to make the heart of our home cozy, we added a huge 6′ by 7′ DIY Island.

Everyone likes to gather in the kitchen regardless of the size, so we wanted to give everyone plenty of room.

Since it’s usually just the two of us, the industrial-style metal bar stools are a perfect spot for our indoor meals.

We were fortunate to find a pair of vintage gas station enamelware lights to place over the island. The are very similar to the one over the dining table and over the front entry doors.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with DIY Island from repurposed furniture pieces.

I love changing the pantry door, chalkboard sign seasonally. The original chippy paint is a great accent color for the kitchen, and I plan to paint the island a similar color soon.

The festive colors in this rug, really help to brighten up the neutral kitchen.

Repurposed Pantry Door from old screen door with chalk board.

Another DIY project was the concrete countertops. The brick wall is a perfect complement to the natural concrete tops and adds lots of texture to the neutral space.

The open shelving is made from new wood, which we aged to look like old barn wood.

Pro Tip

If you want to create a budget-minded modern farmhouse kitchen, consider alternative ways to achieve the look.

The Loft

The loft area is where we watch TV and hang out after a long day. This area is full of industrial modern farmhouse charm.

A chippy, rusty industrial cart was transformed into a fun place for the TV to rest.

Industrial loft is filled with vintage collections and a leather sectional sofa.

The bar is a DIY project, and the old chicken nesting box holds seldom-used bar items. The nesting box influenced the DIY sign over the bar.

Last spring, the powder room became the perfect spot to display a portion of the old inherited family photos.

You can see The #1 Best Way to Use Old Inherited Family Photos.

Industrial Farmhouse Screened Porch

In addition to the dining and living area, we spend a lot of time on the screened porch. It’s a great extension of the living space, and the industrial vibe continues on the porch.

This is one of my favorite spots to entertain. I have had several girlfriend brunch events on this porch.

You can see more porch entertaining ideas on How To Plan Girlfriend Time.

The vintage metal icebox is one of my favorite purchases from Vintage Cottage.

Screened porch dining area with vintage farmhouse style decor.

The old tractor funnel was repurposed and made a fun light fixture for the porch.

Another addition to the funnel is these thrift store jars that are filled with different items seasonally.

For a patriotic feel, I choose these DIY flags. You can see more Patriotic Idea.

Repurposed tractor gas funnel is now a light fixture with glass jars and small flags.

In addition, the baker’s rack holds many vintage and thrift store finds. It can double as a serving area for my girlfriend’s brunches.

Bakers rack is filled with thrifted vintage decor for a farmhouse style summer porch.

I hope you are enjoying the tour so far. Next up is Cindy at DIY Beautify, and you are going to love her beautiful tour.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I look forward to your comments.

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Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour

This week I’m joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

White Arrows Home / Fiddle Leaf Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Tuesday’s Tours

The Flowering Farmhouse / Sanddollar Lane / Cottage In The Mitten

Up To Date Interiors / Bricks ‘n Blooms / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday’s Tours

Open Doors Open Hearts/ Pasha Is Home / Shiplap and Shells

A Blue Nest / Cloches and Lavender / Simply 2 Moms

Thursday’s Tours

Cassie Bustamante / First Day of Home / Midwest Life and Style

County Road 407 / She Gave It A Go / Robyn’s French Nest

Friday’s Tours

The Ponds Farmhouse / DIY Beautify / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

My Thrift Store Addiction / Tatertots and Jello / Sweet Pea

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Margo A Kobs

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi, We are moving to NC and I was wondering can you share some information on your home. What is the sq footage of it and do you have a floor plan or builder that you can share with me. Thank you.

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Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Margo, Welcome to NC. The sq. ft. is 1,980. I drew my plan and had a draftsman put it together for me. Our builder has retired and I really don't have any good contacts. I wish I could be of more help. What area are you moving to?

Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

Monday 28th of June 2021

I enjoyed your tour so much Rachel! Your post will be featured at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week. Hope you will stop by again to link up!

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Friday 2nd of July 2021

Michelle, Thank you so much. I really appreciate this.

Amber D Ferguson

Monday 21st of June 2021

Why, yes, I DO love fresh flowers! Love how how your hydrangeas pop in your gorgeous neutral farmhouse home. Everything looks beautiful for summer!

So fun hopping with you! Happy Summer!

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Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Amber, Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday 21st of June 2021

Love everything! I always enjoy your pictures they make me feel so cozy and warm. I was wondering about the ceiling. I searched your site but I could not find out how you did it. If you could direct me where I can read about it and get more information, I would appreciate it. Thank you and take care.

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Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Tracy, I really appreciate this. I plan to write a post soon about the ceiling. I don't have one as it was done before I started the blog. Stay tuned.