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What Is Modern Farmhouse Style?

What Is Modern Farmhouse Style?

Modern farmhouse kitchen with wood and steel barstools
Written by Rabekah Henderson

This is part of our Design Glossary series! Catch the whole series to find out more about the different types of farmhouse style!

Modern farmhouse style is clean, simple and welcoming. It takes classic rustic farmhouse elements and combines them with the sleek and simple twist of modern decor. Like Scandinavian farmhouse style, less is more in this calming and classic twist on the American homestead.

modern farmhouse style living room with navy couch and white brick fireplace
Wood and leather accents, sleek modern lines and subtle color creates this modern farmhouse living room. Image via One Kindesign.

Like most farmhouse styles, modern farmhouse style uses lots of wood—the more rustic-looking, the better! But the wood stain is often the same in each room, as it creates a cohesive, uncluttered look. There’s also plenty of white in this style. It creates a bright and airy feel that keeps the space from feeling too cramped. And a few strategically placed plants can go a long way in modern farmhouse style—eucalyptus or a fiddle-leaf fig work especially well.

Modern farmhouse style gives you the down-to-earth feel of a farmhouse, but without the clutter or unnecessary decor that can sometimes accompany it. It’s the 21st century take on a centuries-old tradition.

Room by Room

white kitchen with dark wood accents and barstools in modern farmhouse style
The dark wood and metal accents in this kitchen against the white walls and counters give it that modern farmhouse style. Courtesy of Sita Montgomery Interiors.


Modern farmhouse kitchens are both effortlessly sleek and incredibly practical. They use trendy elements like marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and dark wood accents. These are combined with classic farmhouse motifs like open shelves, apron front sinks and rustic lighting. And it’s important that modern farmhouse kitchens are also open and light, in order to create an airy and inviting feeling.

dining room with modern chandelier bright windows covered chairs and rustic table in modern farmhouse style
The bright windows in this modern farmhouse dining room make it perfect for a sunny breakfast. The industrial lighting and neutral color palette add to the simplicity of the look. Courtesy of Jen Woodhouse.

Dining Room

It’s no surprise that the classic farmhouse dining table makes an appearance in almost any modern farmhouse dining room, given the rustic and down-to-earth feel it brings to the room. In addition to the table, these dining rooms often use simple yet dramatic light fixtures, eclectic or classic farmhouse chairs, wood paneling and a touch of something green to pull the room together.

modern farmhouse living room
This modern farmhouse living room by Studio McGee has clean lines, neutral colors and a simplicity in the lines of the furniture that adds to the simple style.

Living Room

Modern farmhouse living rooms use comfortable couches, practical seating and storage alongside contemporary touches like Mid Century Modern chairs, plants and oversized frames. The decor in these living rooms takes a minimalist approach, as visual interest is drawn to a few select pieces rather than a multitude of them. By doing this, these gathering spaces feel clean, cozy and open.

modern farmhouse style bedroom with iron bedframe window perisan rug and footstool
The iron bed frame against the washed-out rug makes the bedroom feel lived in and cozy. Courtesy of McCabe House.


Just as metal is central to modern farmhouse style, an iron bed frame is key to the perfect modern farmhouse bedroom. Light colored bed lines, in white or beige, also help these rooms get that comfy modern look. Classic farmhouse accents, like linen pillows or traditional footstools, make sure these bedrooms stay connected to their roots. And consider using wood accents to make a statement, like a striking side table or dresser.

modern farmhouse style bathroom with wooden vanity and two mirrors marble countertops
The accessories in this room are carefully curated, like the dipped vase, copper hardware, and mini sconces. Courtesy of Jen Woodhouse.


Modern farmhouse bathrooms take traditional farmhouse elements like rustic vanities or exposed wood and tone them down by giving them a 21st century twist. Cabinetry in the bathroom is simple and practical—its beauty is in the details, like copper hardware or a beautiful wood stain. Marble tiles or counters make the room feel modern and airy. These bathrooms also often contain a luxurious bathtub or a spacious shower.

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modern farmhouse style exterior with black windows and aluminum roof
The lush lawn and simple landscaping makes this modern farmhouse feel like home. Courtesy of BCD Homes.


The exterior of modern farmhouse often looks like the updated version of the ones that existed 100 years ago. White paneling along with metal roofing gives it a pleasing contrast. And these homes sometimes feature ‘green’ elements, like energy efficient windows or solar panels to give it an updated and conscientious look.

Get The Look

Ready to give your own home a modern farmhouse twist? Here’s a few of our favorite products that will do the job nicely.

Here at American Farmhouse Style, we absolutely love to share our finds from around the web with you! That being said, you may notice that some of the links in this article are affiliate links. This means that if you click through and make a purchase, AFS receives a small commission at no extra cost to you! Truly a win-win! 

Steel ladder resting against wall
Steel and wood leaning ladder. Perfect to hang towels in the bathroom or lean as a decor item in your entryway.
Wood platform bed with modern farmhouse style
Zinus Tricia platform bed. Perfect for adding sleek modern lines to the rustic look of farmhouse wood.
modern farmhouse style striped linen pillowcase
Natural Striped Linen Pillowcase. Classic and comfortable, these will look great just about anywhere.
Cream modern farmhouse style sofa
Klein sofa. Straight lines and hairpin legs make this sofa a great fit for modern farmhouse style.
wood floating shelves modern farmhouse style
Easy Mount Wood Floating Shelves. These will look great in your kitchen or bathroom.
modern farmhouse style gray area rug
Kreutzer Distressed Area Rug. The washed out color of this rug will bring a light and airy feel to any room.
rustic modern farmhouse style lighting
Farmhouse Beam Light With Cages and Bulbs. The perfect rustic accent!
iron chandelier
6 Light Geometric Chandelier. Simple and streamlined for your dining room, kitchen or another space.
modern farmhouse style eucalyptus leaves
Eucalyptus Leaves. Put these in a simple bud vase for a beautiful effect.

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