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Living - Feb 2023 designed by ali mcsweeney
Living - Feb 2023Designed by ali mcsweeney
Living Room (Cooler Storm) designed by ali mcsweeney
Living Room (Cooler Storm)Designed by ali mcsweeney
Rustic designed by Stephanie Sutton
RusticDesigned by Stephanie Sutton
Homebody Challenge designed by Hayley Gale
Homebody ChallengeDesigned by Hayley Gale
Summer Cabin - July A/C designed by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Summer Cabin - July A/CDesigned by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Farmhouse Design designed by Lindsey LaPrime
Farmhouse DesignDesigned by Lindsey LaPrime
Untitled designed by Elicia Hammer
UntitledDesigned by Elicia Hammer
Modern Rustic Living Room designed by Melanie Fenning
Modern Rustic Living RoomDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Great Room designed by Hilah Stahl
Great RoomDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Living room Aug 2023 - black oak table designed by ali mcsweeney
Living room Aug 2023 - black oak tableDesigned by ali mcsweeney
Living Room designed by Jackie Slemmer
Living RoomDesigned by Jackie Slemmer
Combo designed by Showplace Design
ComboDesigned by Showplace Design
Mood Board + Palette designed by Hannah Bloom
Mood Board + PaletteDesigned by Hannah Bloom
Living Room designed by Marisa Bettencourt
Living RoomDesigned by Marisa Bettencourt
Homebody Challenge designed by Molly McKay
Homebody ChallengeDesigned by Molly McKay
Inspiration designed by Jessica Vegliacich
InspirationDesigned by Jessica Vegliacich
VIBE BOARD designed by ALICE CASTOR
VIBE BOARDDesigned by ALICE CASTOR
Dream House designed by Kara Rudy
Dream HouseDesigned by Kara Rudy
Living + Dining Room designed by Taylor Coleman
Living + Dining RoomDesigned by Taylor Coleman
Living Room designed by Daria Schieck
Living RoomDesigned by Daria Schieck
Living room designed by Jackie Slemmer
Living roomDesigned by Jackie Slemmer
Living Room designed by Chloe Crist
Living RoomDesigned by Chloe Crist
Living Room designed by KATHERINE ECK
Living RoomDesigned by KATHERINE ECK
flooring designed by Mary Alice Gajo
flooringDesigned by Mary Alice Gajo

Design tips for decorating a farmhouse style living room

Here’s how to achieve the farmhouse aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a farmhouse living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the farmhouse style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Farmhouse Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your farmhouse style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your farmhouse living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a farmhouse living room design?

These days, it feels like farmhouse interior design is everywhere—from our Instagram feeds to our TV screens (thanks, Joanna Gaines). Farmhouse design blends rustic charm with modern comfort and conjures a warm, welcoming feel, reminiscent of a country home (even if you don’t live in the country). To achieve a farmhouse aesthetic in your living room, focus on creating a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.

Farmhouse design typically features exposed wooden beams, wide-plank floors, and a palette of warm neutrals complemented by soft, pastel accents. While farmhouse style tends to embrace a more neutral color scheme, the addition of prints and patterns can infuse warmth, texture, and personality into the space. Commonly, plaid, gingham, stripes, and even floral wallpapers find their way into farmhouse interiors, offering a charming contrast to the subdued tones.

Common decor elements include barn doors, shiplap paneling, apron-front sinks, and vintage accessories (think: mason jars, woven baskets, wood cutting boards, or ceramic mixing bowls). Comfortable, overstuffed furniture with durable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, invites relaxation, while galvanized metal and distressed or reclaimed wood adds to the rustic farmhouse aesthetic.

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