There’s more to the classic American farmhouse than shiplap and shutters. Creating the perfect farmhouse is about a balance of details that give the exterior a fresh and welcoming look.
1. Use an edited color palette.
It doesn’t get any more timeless than white shiplap for a farm-cottage vibe, but don’t be afraid to experiment with more vibrant colors. Denim blue or firehouse red punctuate the architecture, while leaving the look perfectly simple.
2. Draw your eye to all the right places.
A pair of trellis flower boxes leads your guests from the porch steps right to the welcoming and colorful front door. Windows and glass doors are also a more modern touch that keeps the façade looking light and airy.
3. Preen your porch.
American flag pillows deck out the porch with seasonal fun. Yet the furnishings and accent pieces outfit the porch with year-round coziness and warmth. A good farmhouse porch is always comfy, inviting and full of seating.
4. Add handcrafted elements.
From a picket flag to woven lanterns and stars that add a festive touch, the exterior shows that this homeowner appreciates artisan touches. Add a curated and well-edited selection of decorative arts to give your porch that final homey touch.