Style Spotlight: How to Get the Farmhouse Feel

Farmhouse style homes are having a moment. A 2020 survey from asked more than 5,000 adults across the United States about their favorite house style from a list that included bohemian craftsman, mid-century modern ranch, French chateau, and Tudor, among others. Modern farmhouse was the runaway winner, as participants in 42 of the 50 states indicated this simple, cozy style was their favorite.

Renovation projects can help you put your own unique stamp on your home, and such projects can be both aesthetic and functional in nature. The following are some farmhouse design elements that you may want to consider as you look to transform your home’s interior with this popular, comfortable style in mind.

Exposed Beams

Exposed beams instantly evoke images of a farmhouse. This rustic renovation project can utilize real wood or faux beams that look like the real thing. Decorative beams that have nothing to do with a home’s structural integrity can be easily installed, complete with authentic brackets and hardware. If reals your deal, keep in mind that authentic beams are very so it’s recommended to have an engineer assess the existing structure prior to installation.

Classic farmhouse sink. Remodel by At Home Custom Interiors. Sink by DXV, available at Richmond Tile & Bath. Brick backsplash by Glen-Gery.

Kitchen Sink

Many components combine to create a truly classic farmhouse kitchen. But perhaps no component is more essential than the classic farmhouse sink. The renovation experts at HGTV note that a classic farmhouse sink features a deep, wide basin. Farmhouse sinks are large enough to handle all the dishes that come after a big family meal. An old-fashioned porcelain sink is worth consideration if you want your kitchen sink to evoke a traditional farmhouse feel.


HGTV recommends butcher block countertops for homeowners who favor European farmhouse style. If your kitchen remodel goal is to create an authentic feel, then consider installing a large island with a walnut butcher block countertop for a true farmhouse vibe.

Distressed Wood Finishes

Distressing is designed to make something look less than perfect. Distressed wood finishes can be found throughout many farmhouse style homes. Furniture and picture frames can provide the distressed look farmhouse fans are looking for. This is a relatively inexpensive project that you can tackle on your own after watching some online tutorials that recommend the right tools and techniques to get the job done.

Remodel by At Home Custom Interiors. Brick backsplash by Glen-Gery.

Move That Microwave

Consider it a pet peeve but designer, Teresa Tumminia of NJ based, At Home Custom Interiors recommends relocating the microwave if it’s over your cooktop. “The area over the cooktop is the perfect spot to create a farmhouse focal point, as well as improve the functionality of your exhaust system.” Take your backsplash all the way up to the ceiling to accentuate the hood.