Modern farmhouse wall decor – little touches for rustic charm

When it comes to choosing modern farmhouse wall decor, there’s a fine line between idiosyncratic and out of place. That said, playing it safe can lead to a somewhat lackluster space. If you choose art that is too bold or contemporary, your pieces could undermine the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. too obvious or traditional, and your interior could end up feeling cliche.

As with any design or art purchase, we always advocate opting for pieces that really speak to you if you are trying to create a unique and personal interior. The mix in terms of style, period and provenance applies as much to art and wall decoration as it does to furniture, lighting and textiles.

New York interior designer James Huniford — whose own weekend home is a carefully restored farmhouse in the Hamptons — agrees. “It’s important that my home be comfortable for me, my family and my friends… but it’s also a laboratory, a place to experiment with the way in which fabrics and objects with an artisanal character rub shoulders with other more refined ones. It’s about taking elements from different time periods and not letting their history affect how you use them, but rather finding a common harmony.

But if you’re specifically looking for something that will fit seamlessly into an existing scheme, it might be worth having a little advice. The modern farmhouse style is usually achieved with an understated juxtaposition of old and new. So where do you start when choosing a wall decoration?

Perhaps the easiest way to go is to add landscape art or photography, which provides a direct connection to the great outdoors. Another option is to opt for contemporary art in colors drawn from nature’s palette. Or, follow James Huniford’s lead and embrace all manner of vintage pieces, including agricultural and industrial, to add interest to your walls – from antique maps to weathered oars and old wooden grain sieves.



grain sieve on the wall

(Image credit: Robyn Lea)

When designing the guest bedroom of this airy Hamptons home, James Huniford hung an assortment of 19th-century wooden grain sieves on the wall, creating a striking feature from these humble, locally sourced vintage finds . This approach also works well, of course, for modern farmhouse living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms…any space you want to tackle.

“I love this minimalist installation, which uses objects as art. Because the house is located near a large farm, I wanted to bring in agricultural elements,” says James. The sieve layout is completed with an old American drop-leaf table and other industrial parts, including a metal grain scoop and a gear chain.


Glenn Ban's living room

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When interior designer Glenn Ban redesigned this cozy porch space in his Hamptons cottage, he chose a simple seascape as a nod to the home’s coastal location. Running out of wall space, he hung the picture through two windows, above the Donald Judd-inspired daybed that fills one side of the white-painted porch.

“The room has windows on three walls, which allows for lovely ocean breezes,” says Glenn. “The art above the daybed is beautiful and also reminds me that all spaces can feel layered, even if they are quite utilitarian in their purpose.”


pale pink bedroom

(Image credit: Turner Pocock)

If you’re short on space and love color, a cocooning paint scheme could be a perfect way to add interest to your walls, rather than risk cluttering a room with too much decor.

This Berkshire estate cottage has been refurbished by London interior design firm Turner Pocock, who painted the walls and ceiling of one of the modern bedrooms in a soft, soothing pink.

“We wanted everything about this cottage to be comfortable and easy,” explain designers Bunny and Emma. “The pink paint we used in the bedroom is a Farrow & Ball archive color called Potted Shrimp. We especially love how the chalky finish adds to the calm feel.


bedroom wallpaper

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“We wanted the interior to be unique and designed, but not complicated or cliche in any way…. location and scenery are the stars here,” says Steven Johanknecht of Los Angeles studio Commune Design, who renovated this century-old California cabin in the Santa Anita Hills.

Designers looked to a variety of different influences for the redesign, including historic American cabins, European cottages, and Shaker-style interiors. “The dorm walls feature a hand-drawn design by decorative artist Nic Valle, who was inspired by the Navajo rug pattern,” Steven says of the mural, which complements the painted wooden bed frame. with its olive green hue.


white painted bedroom

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“This cabin looks older now than when I first got it,” interior designer Leanne Ford says of the 1900s log home she restored in Los Angeles. “The area where this bedroom is was once outdoors, but we’ve extended these small rooms to make them part of the interior,” adds the designer, who has retained an indoor-outdoor vibe with stone flooring. and a rustic aesthetic.

“I found these beautiful old glass doors and hung them on a slide behind the bed, then painted them to help them blend in,” she continues. “I love white paint in all shades, but a bright white would have been too modern here, so I used a very warm shade of antique white to match the cabin.”


plaid wallpaper

(Image credit: Colossus Mfg.)

“When we first laid eyes on this tiny guest bedroom, the existing bed really overwhelmed the space,” says Christina Valencia and Kele Dobrinski of Studio Colossus Mfg., who renovated this Lake Tahoe home. .

“We knew we wanted to add something during the renovation that could draw your gaze upwards and fill the space with visual interest. This historic plaid wallpaper had the balance of camping and modernity we were looking for.

The designer duo loved the palette so much that they also layered the bed with blue-toned bedding. “To create a subtle contrast, we added two caramel-colored reading lamps above the bed.”


home office storage

(Image credit: Béatrice Pediconi)

In her backyard office, located on the site of a former horse stable, Hudson Valley architect Annie Mennes designed a clean-lined storage wall that’s as stylish as it is functional.

Annie, the founder of Garrison Foundry Architecture, referenced East Coast farmhouses and Scandinavian interiors with the design. “The desk is simple and utilitarian, with a modern, rustic vibe,” says the architect, who sourced the custom floating shelves from a mail-order company and painted them Benjamin Moore’s “Cloud White.” to match the walls.

“The idea was to hide everything in the white storage wall,” says Annie. Color-coordinated file cabinets and a painted pegboard complete the project.


kitchen wall art

(Image credit: deVOL kitchens)

The owners of this redeveloped barn in Wighton, Norfolk, turned to UK bespoke kitchen firm deVol to help them redevelop their once dilapidated barn. “Anyone who has been to North Norfolk knows what a special place it is: wild and beautiful, with amazing beaches,” says deVOL Creative Director Helen Parker.

“Our Shaker kitchen is on a grand scale here, but it still feels cozy and warm,” she adds — the perfect vibe for a modern farmhouse kitchen. “And we love the original artwork that’s been installed in the room; these huge landscapes really add to the feeling of being in nature near the sea.’

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