Written by Michelle Mastro
Peek inside a new white farmhouse in Kansas brimming with clean lines and classic colors.
On the outside, this white farmhouse style home in Olathe, Kansas is awash in a brilliant white hue. “We wanted our home’s exterior to prepare guests for what’s inside,” says homeowner Jennie Hilligus. Together, Jennie and her husband Scott, a realtor, wanted the modern farmhouse style designs of their dreams, but with an infusion of timeless elements.
“My whole goal for this house was to go for a black and white color scheme,” says Jennie. “But I softened the pairing with the natural wood. I wanted classic and basic, from the plain simple lines in the stove hood to the fireplace.” The result is a crisp and classic white farmhouse that the couple adores because “it reminds us of an old farmhouse that would be white and black.”
Fade to Black
The couple selected touches of black wherever possible inside their white farmhouse. “We chose black window frames. They are like picture frames framing the beauty of outside,” Scott says. All the windows are the same vinyl material, while the window in the back offers up the unique view of the cedar wood ceiling on the bottom of the roof at the back of the house.
Pops of wood figure elsewhere in the home, offering a nice juxtaposition with the touches of black. The cedar car siding (formally used inside train cars), is a style on trend and are present in the roof’s peaks. These help augment the interlocking tongue and groove wood in the back deck ceiling.
Meanwhile, the home’s wood flooring is all engineered hardwood. All this pairs nicely with the dramatic moments of black in the house, from the built-in black cabinet to the grouting in the guest bathroom. “The shower is white subway tile with black grout that goes all the way up to the ceiling. We made sure the shower was clear glass to show off our color choices,” Scott says.
Scott and Jennie selected different white hues to underscore the flexibility of the classic color. Just like there are so many different vanilla flavors—from country vanilla to French vanilla—there are perhaps even more shades inside a white farmhouse.
For example, the window and door trim is a very different white from that of the walls. The trim is a Sherwin Williams Highly Reflective White, while the walls are a Sherwin Williams French Vanilla. Pairing the two immediately next to each other this way makes the French Vanilla seem almost like a soft gray.
The home also combines differing farmhouse styles. Many of the light fixtures lean a little industrial farmhouse. Yet the large fan above the main living space is clearly a nod to modern farmhouse. Meanwhile, the shiplap in the fireplace is a subtle allusion to the farmhouse style abodes you might find on Fixer Upper. “We wanted something subtle without overdoing it. We also like barn doors, but we only did one, because we wanted a subtle touch,” says Scott. Subtle, like classic colors and clean lines, offers a big design punch in this white farmhouse style abode.
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Michelle Mastro is a freelance writer and editor. She covers lifestyle, parenting, travel, food, and health/wellness topics for magazines (and their websites). She especially loves writing about homes and has a deep affection for farmhouses of all kinds. She is currently based in the Midwest but loves to travel as much as she can. You can follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.