It’s no secret that black, white, and neutrals have been the dominant colors in farmhouse decor for some time now. But who doesn’t love a pop of cheerful color? I am going to explain my most successful and easiest tips for adding color to your farmhouse.
You don’t have to drive far to see that black and white exteriors have been very popular over the last decade, especially when it comes to farmhouse color schemes. And when you step inside a modern-day farmhouse the interior colors are no different- muted tones of gray, black, cream, and white. It is beautiful and serene, but a thoughtful inclusion of color can really catch the eye.
When you begin to search for colorful items, keep your surroundings in mind. Do you live in a forested setting (like we do), with lots of shades of green out your windows? Maybe you have dramatic mountains in the backdrop, with hues of grayish blue. Maybe you have a rustic red barn outside, or fields that turn greens and yellows depending on the season. Regardless, looking around outdoors will give you a palette to begin with.
add color to your farmhouse with:
Accessories are such a great way to bring in pops of color because they are usually inexpensive and can easily be swapped out. However, if you only add accessories because you like their color, your shelves and surfaces will soon look cluttered. Instead, find accessories that solve a problem for you and provide the pop of color you are looking for.
Examples include a table runner or tablecloth, salt and pepper shakers, a dish on your nightstand to hold your jewelry or reading glasses, or a stack of vintage books that you will actually read. Even larger, more permanent items such as a table lamp or throw pillow covers can add texture and color.
A side table, bench, wooden chair, or small desk are great examples of accent furniture that can be painted a fun color. These projects require a very small amount of paint; even the sample size at a hardware or paint store should be sufficient.
paint (or wallpaper) in smaller or low-traffic rooms
Okay, deep breath. I’m not suggesting you paint your kitchen green or your living room yellow (although I’ve done both). But, looking at smaller or low-traffic rooms to add bright paint colors is a great way to get out that painting bug with no regrets.
Bathrooms are a great room to try out fun wallpaper. A laundry room or mud room can be substantially brightened up with a lively paint color. And if you end up deciding it’s not quite right for the space, it will only be a small project to redo.
the perfect item for adding color to your farmhouse
The ultimate item to add charm, a vintage farmhouse feel, and color to your home is a quilt. (Or, if you are like me, multiple quilts.) You can find vintage quilts at antique shops or vintage marketplaces. Keep your eye out for them at garage and estate sales as well. Better yet, ask if anyone in your family has one they aren’t using. Oftentimes people will save quilts that have been made by a family member, but store them away if they don’t think the quilt matches their bedspread.
I love to fold and drape them over the back of our couches. We also use quilts over the comforters on our beds. During the summer months, we keep them folded at the bottom of the bed- they are just too lovely to store away!
If you have multiple quilts to display but don’t want them draped over your furniture, try folding them and hanging them on the rungs of an old wooden ladder leaning against the wall. Or tuck one into an old wicker basket when not in use.
What colors have you added to your farmhouse decor? How do you decide which colors to incorporate?