Joanna and Chip Gaines of Fixer Upper fame have inspired homeowners around the world to embrace the Industrial Farmhouse style. A home’s open, lofty architecture and industrial flare can be warmed up with the soft vibe of farmhouse styling. Likewise, a rustic space can really stand out by incorporating a few modern elements.
Because Opposites Attract
“It’s a perfect marriage,” says Lauren Fleming of American Freight Furniture. “They’re two design aesthetics that, on the surface, don’t seem like they would blend: rustic farmhouse is a comfortable, lived-in design and industrial is cold, modern, and made with hard materials.”
But Fleming explains that the recent trend of blending these two styles most definitely works. “We love the look of wood floors, a chic faded woven area rug, and a coffee table with an oak top and black metal legs.” A detail as small as the table legs is enough to add industrial flare to an otherwise farmhouse-inspired room.
Start with quality, wholesale-priced flooring from ProSource to create a base of cozy farmhouse hardwood or edgy industrial tile and build from there. A contemporary carpet from Summerset House will accentuate the design, and important details – like unique cabinet hardware – will add an element of surprise.
Both farmhouse and industrial styles incorporate the use of reclaimed woods, distressed by weather or time, and timeworn metals with a history. “And both styles,” says luxury design expert Charmaine Wynter of Wynter Interiors, Inc., “rely on a simplicity of composition so that a few well-chosen pieces – the gathering table, exposed ceiling beams, over-scaled lighting – do the design storytelling within the space.”
Gone are the days when woods had to match and only one design theme had to be adhered too, according to Jeffrey Weldler, interior design expert at Vant Wall Panels, a user-friendly wall décor system. “Today’s design freedom allows all of us the opportunity to merge and incorporate styles we love together in our homes without worry – and this can be best represented with the combination of farmhouse and industrial design.”
In The Kitchen
Pair farmhouse kitchen details — rustic sink, butcher block table, antiqued bronze chandeliers —with modern industrial elements such as concrete countertops, subway tiles, sleek windows, and metal chairs. “The look is flawlessly cohesive and gives you the perfect farmhouse industrial kitchen,” says Weldler.
The “weathered” cabinets and hardwood floor in this kitchen add farmhouse warmth to an otherwise industrial space. “The result,” says interior design pro Kari Caldwell of Kari Caldwell Studios, “is a beautiful, eclectic mix with a homey feel. If an entire house is designed with an industrial feel, it can be cold and uninviting.”
In The Living Room
“One of the easiest ways to add an industrial atmosphere to a major communal room in your home is by letting some roughness and metal elements show through on walls, floors, and surfaces,” says Weldler. “Think exposed brick, recycled steel, concrete floors, and patina finishes.” If you don’t have these elements built in, create it. Try a premium tile that looks like concrete or metal. Dal-Tile Slimlite in Rock, Dal-Tile Metal Fusion in Stainless Steel or Dal-Tile Concrete Connection in Downtown Black are great options in the larger sizes ProSource offers.
Then, soften the modern flare with overstuffed furniture, rustic modern chandeliers, throw pillows, and a textured area rug from ProSource to keep things fresh and balanced.
In The Bedroom
The bed is the focal point: an iron or metal frame for a farmhouse-inspired bedroom, a metallic panel headboard for a modern look. “Layered bedding in white paired with pale gray walls works for both styles,” says Weldler. “Reclaimed bleached wood beams give the room a farmhouse look, yet also speak to industrial styling.”
Simple window coverings and artwork maintain the modern farmhouse charm, while natural wool carpets add warmth, personality, and texture.
Farmhouse elements include inexpensive shiplap for an accent wall, framed mirrors, mosaic farmhouse floor tiles, and wire storage baskets. The industrial feel can be established with classic black and white, vintage antique industrial or metal cage lighting, large glass shower doors, exposed piping, a shaped bathtub, and brushed stainless steel fixtures and hardware.
This Raleigh, North Carolina space by Form and Function plays the two styles against each other. “We paired industrial art and chairs with a traditional wood table,” says Carole Marcotte, the creative force behind the design. “I love the tension that comes from blending industrial pieces with warmer, more rustic farmhouse elements.”
“The most important thing to make this style work is to not go overboard in either direction,” says Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802. “Sometimes, one well-curated industrial piece is enough to tell the design story and set the aesthetic.”
The Beekman 1802 furniture line demonstrates this attraction of opposites. “If your predominant style happens to be farmhouse, then choose one focal point in each room that is industrial. And vice versa,” says Ridge.
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