While efficient and perhaps cost-effective, a builder-grade home can seem impersonal or lacking a defined character. But a few changes can overhaul the style of a home, warming it up to reflect charm and character.

The modern farmhouse style is a popular interior design style that shows no signs of slowing down. With the ten features outlined below, you can achieve this popular style in your own home.


Interior Doors and Mouldings Updates
  1. White interior doors – Panel doors, barn doors, lite-panel doors, etc. are all appropriate to achieve a modern farmhouse look. White doors brighten up dark interiors and contrast natural wood details.
  2. Wide baseboards and door frames – Baseboards both functionally protect your walls and stylistically anchor a room. Their size and style can vary but should be kept simple to obtain the modern farmhouse look. Simple, wide boards lend a more rustic style to a design.
  3. Crown moulding – While not an asset for every home, crown moulding is a great way to make a room look complete. In a small or dark room, it may make the room feel oppressive, so scale is an important consideration when contemplating this finish.
  4. Beadboard wainscoting + simple chair rail – Probably one of the most recognizable features of the modern farmhouse look is beadboard. To avoid making this feature look outdated, apply beadboard wainscoting, rather than a floor-to-ceiling application. Topping with a simple chair rail is a great way to complete the look.
  5. Board and batten – Board and batten, with its larger layout, is an even more modern wall paneling. Because of this, board and batten could be applied as wainscoting or as a floor-to-ceiling wall panel.
  6. Shiplap – Perhaps the most popular modern farmhouse feature, shiplap wall (and ceiling) paneling is wildly popular and shows no signs of slowing.

To achieve these looks, visit your local Fairview Millwork and kitchens and ask about the Metrie Pretty Simple and True Craft interior mouldings collections.


Kitchen Updates
  1. Shaker-style white cabinets – In a style that utilizes a lot of natural wood, white cabinets can really brighten up your kitchen. The shaker style continues the simplicity of the interior mouldings discussed above.
  2. Farmhouse sink – Of course, no farmhouse style is complete without a farmhouse or white apron sink. These are both stylish and functional with a wide and deep basin.
  3. Butcher block countertops – To balance all of the white of the kitchen cabinets and sink, a butcher block countertop is a perfect choice for its deep, natural brown tones.
  4. Dark or brushed nickel hardware – Another step to break up a block of white in the kitchen from cabinets to the sink, is to replace the kitchen and door hardware with either brushed nickel or oiled bronze hardware.
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