45 Farmhouse Décor Ideas for Your Southern Home
Even after all this time—after watching every Fixer Upper episode ever made and perusing Pinterest for all things shiplap—we still can’t get enough of farmhouse-style décor. Something about a farmhouse makes us swoon. Maybe it's just in a Southerner’s blood, or maybe it’s because a country abode reminds us of simpler times. It might be because those natural wood floors sure do hide a lot, or that the wraparound porch is just perfect for late-afternoon sitting.
Whatever the reason, keep it coming. We’re talking board-and-batten walls, sliding barn doors, heirloom antiques, cozy kitchens, and rustic accent pieces. If you’re of like mind, take a stroll through these 45 farmhouse décor ideas. You’ll find yourself starting a new project (or two, or three). Get ready to add a hearty dose of Southern charm to your home.
The Southern Gothic House Plan
Every little town in the agrarian South has at least one Gothic farmhouse. This house plan features a trio of steep gables, a wide front porch, clapboard siding, and bold millwork.
A vignette (created with a table, a round mirror, and a lamp) at the rear of a shiplap entryway draws your eye right into the home.
“Dark wood floors work for every lifestyle,” says designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas of the 5-inch, 100-year-old reclaimed walnut planks used.
Mixed Wood Washes
Don't be afraid to use different washes of soft color to create an all-over rustic look.
Antique Dry Bar
In lieu of a custom built-in, designer Anna Braund put her great-grandfather's old chest to work as a butler's pantry in the hallway.
Modern Farmhouse Foyer
Farmhouse style...but make it feel fresh. Pair clean, straight lines with earthy tones and rustic pieces for a blend that's all your own.
“Farmhouse, minimalism, cottage, and modern. Picture them all together—that’s my look," says Kay Volmar of her 1912 Florida cottage.
Hidden Storage Bookshelf
Shiplap makes a wonderful distraction, eh? The "secret" door to the crawl space beneath the stairs doubles as a movable bookcase.
Cozy Breakfast Nook
“It’s a hard working space for everything from snacks to homework to breakfast. All five of us just climb in,” says decorator Fran Keenan of her breakfast nook. (Fun fact: The table is from her childhood breakfast room!)
Rustic Kitchen Design
Pick a statement-making range hood to round out a rustic space.
The Whiteside Farm House Plan
This house plan comes equipped with an almost-wraparound front porch, which offers plenty of space for nostalgic porch-sitting. Prefer a little more privacy? There are also two porches off the back (one is screened). Talk about options. In traditional farmhouse style, a sensible metal hangs over the front porch.
Natural Wood Bedroom Walls
It just feels right to leave the natural wood as-is in a farmhouse bedroom. For avid hunters or collectors, it makes an ideal spot to display hunting mounts.
Refined Country Details
An antique etched-glass pendant adds elegance to this side entry, while animal skulls stand in for hooks—to catch hats, leashes, and other gear—and add a touch of country charm.
Build your home around antique pieces, adding in more modern accents to tie the space together. An antique table for the entry, a set of cool wicker bull heads for the stairway wall. Balance!
A-Frame Bedroom Design
Something about an A-frame bedroom gives us major farmhouse vibes. Designer Ashley Gilbreath suggests trying a large light fixture in spaces with high or unconventional ceilings to add a warm, full feeling. "It helps draw your eye upward and balances the empty space up top," she says.
Classic buffalo check bedding looks right at home with textured wallpaper and a custom faux-bamboo bedframe.
Creative Storage Ideas
If you're short on square footage, use big family pieces in creative new ways, such as by storing dry goods or miscellaneous supplies in a china cabinet.
Family-Oriented Living-and-Dining Room
Any farmhouse-style home should be full of warmth and life. Multi-functional spaces ensure everyone is spending quality time together. (Tip: Cluster furniture to create defined spaces.)
You know what never goes out of style? Neutrals. For a simple farmhouse layout, painting everything white makes the best backdrop for layering neutrals.
There's no reason to leave any room without an old piece of furniture. For example, this antique trestle table easily serves as an island, a prep station, and a dining table as needed. Add a deep farmhouse sink, and you're set.
Minimalist Den Design
Lucky for us Southerners, wall decor can come right from the closet. Kay Volmar—who renovated her 1912 Florida cottage on a dime—gave us the best tip for filling a blank wall without a high price-tag: “Hang all your hats together in one grouping!”
Working Farm Stables
We'd like our farmhouse to come complete with horses and chickens, please and thank you. It doesn't get any more Southern than this.
Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding barn doors in the kitchen? Don't mind if we do. Even better if they're taken from an early-1900s Tennessee barn, like seen here.
Cozy Kitchen Table
Go for timeless and surprisingly budget-friendly selections like beadboard walls (which run vertically for height), mahogany countertops, and hardwood floors painted a deep green gray (Benjamin Moore's Randolph Gray in an exterior Arborcoat finish for durability). Designer Olivia Brock topped off this room with a Country French drop-leaf table, found at a local antiques store.
Show off your collections of cookware and cookbooks on open shelves—you've earned it!
Painted Shiplap Mudroom
Go crazy, and coat your shiplap walls in a bold color, like this dark blue. It makes any room instantly more interesting.
Reclaimed Wooden Beams
Turn a newly built room into a lived-in farmhouse haven, starting with reclaimed wood beams.
Open Country Kitchen
Open shelving makes a case for displaying your china pattern all year long—and an airy, light-filled kitchen will let the morning be known before the rooster's crow.
Living Room Charm
From the board-and-batten doors to the reclaimed-brick fireplace, this living room is full of Southern charm.
The Lowcountry Farmhouse House Plan
This house plan makes the most of two Southern home styles: the farmhouse and the Lowcountry cottage.
Let nature and design unite in down-to-earth decor, even at Christmastime. Naturally shed elk antlers on the back of the mantelpiece and simple Fraser fir garland will certainly do the trick. The display centers around a portrait of the homeowner's father (which his great-grandmother painted).
Warm Natural Colors
This spice-colored bedroom—painted with Sherwin-Williams' Cavern Clay SW 7701—looks cozy enough to stay for awhile, don't y'all think?
Don't be afraid to add some color to a neutral-heavy home, such as with a fun backsplash choice. It makes any kitchen feel special.
No country home is complete without a porch that's ready for sitting and sipping. We'll bring the iced tea.
Rustic Mudroom Cabinetry
Need a multi-purpose area that's part laundry room, part mudroom, and part bar? Designer Fran Keenan knows how to make it farmhouse-chic. She added a wall of cabinetry that hides a washer and dryer behind skirts made from Ikea fabric, set up a bar in the cabinets above them, and placed a prep sink to the side. Genius.
Rustic, salvaged wood-paneled walls will definitely have guests stopping in admiration after coming through the front door.
Pair an antique table with modern Ikea chairs topped with faux sheepskins. Because...why not?
The Hawthorne Cottage House Plan
Meet the farmhouse-cottage hybrid of your dreams. Really.
All-White Country Charm
This enclosed porch-turned-laundry room practically drips charm, from the haint blue ceiling to the original terracotta floor.
To find coffee tables of the right size and scale, don't be afraid to use an old decorator's secret: Start with antique dining tables and cut the legs down to make them the ideal height.
Find creative ways to use objects that you already have. A gorgeous set of antique champagne buckets? Affix them to the wall and use them for flatware storage, as planters for flowers, or as graphic art. When in doubt, go vertical and take advantage of wall space in small rooms.
Worn-In Furniture Pieces
Embrace the roughed-up look that antique treasures—found at estate sales, flea markets, and the like—bring to your home. No farmhouse should look “too fine and fancy," anyway.
Make any dining space feel casual and homey by letting in all of the natural light possible. Sheer café curtains, hung just above the bottom sash, give softness and privacy—all while still allowing a view of the outside and inviting lots of sunlight to stream in through the upper panes.
Refined limed-wood door fronts and similar cabinet hardware make for a closet that fits right in with your farmhouse decor throughout the home. And an enviable one at that!
Board-and-batten wood walls and an antique cabinet pop against modern stainless steel finishes.
Go for a commanding entrance of dark wood in a chevron design.