Basic textures and colors like neutral white cotton has always been a traditional farmhouse, provincial choice. Today, we’re seeing this primitive design choice used in high end design. For example, HGTV’s Joanna Gaines has made this warm and relaxing trend both beautiful and functional, perfect for the modern American family.
America has been ready for comfort for decades. Interior design and decorating made a move toward minimalism in the 90s. Intricate details and patterns, as well as synthetic textiles indicative of high style began moving out and very natural, plant based textiles started moving in. Traditional farmhouse architectural details keep this style classic and familiar.
Specific architectural details of modern farmhouse style include all natural materials, sometimes vintage in quality. For example, shiplap is a natural material, a basic material, and characteristic of historic homes. Whitewashed wood, something that started as completely utilitarian, to protect the material, is now a favorite look of modern farmhouse decor and architecture.
Quality is not sacrificed for the modern farmhouse. Craftsmanship should come through in the structure, crown molding, cabinetry, lighting, and details such as hardware and exterior trim. For Couto Homes this is showcased in the modern quartz countertops, barn doors, a custom shiplap vent hood, river rock in the master bath, as well as a free-standing tub in the master bath.
With the Couto Homes Modern Farmhouse, exterior qualities have also been updated. Batten board has been replaced for stone, brick is modernized with a coat of paint, and all the windows are kept square in the true craftsman or farmhouse style. Exterior architecture is simple and makes a bold statement, and it easily blends with natural surroundings. A warm mix of form and function, the modern farmhouse design offers a beautiful solution that will last generations.