4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}

Four ways to add farmhouse style

4 ways to add farmhouse style

Four ways to add farmhouse style into your home {plus printable}

At this point, the majority of Pinterest land has seen Fixer Upper or at least Joanna’s farmhouse style pins. Her decorating is extremely popular right now as we have entered the Farmhouse decor boom! Maybe you have thought about following the trend with your own home but you’re just not sure where to start.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a checklist to help incorporate the farmhouse style without the guessing game? In this post I’ll be describing the five key components to achieving the farmhouse and including a free printable checklist to help keep you on track.

1. Reclaimed wood

If you had to choose only one tip this one would be the most important. Most reclaimed wood comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns. The reason why reclaimed wood is so important for the farmhouse look is because it adds a rustic, antique feel to a home.

Original farmhouse style characteristics were determined by it’s geography and nearby resources. The homes were built out of necessity by protecting the family who lived there. Early farmhouse homes in the United States often only had access to trees for building materials which then resulted in a lot of wood use.

So, reclaimed wood creates that exposed, rustic look that many previous farmhouse homes had.

You can use reclaimed wood for many different projects in your home.

Wood table

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}-- wooden farmhouse table
via The Wood Grain Cottage

Wood planked wall

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}-- wood plank wall
via Design Dazzle

wood floors

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}
via Period Ideas

wood countertops

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included} -- Wooden countertops
via Remodelaholic

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2. Beadboard and crown molding

Beadboard and crown molding are often used together to create one beautifully finished farmhouse style look. Beadboard is a row of narrow wood planks lined up vertically. The two most popular spots that this technique is used is on the ceiling and the bottom half of a wall.

Crown molding, on the other hand, is a way to gracefully flare out to a finished top edge. This technique is used with the beadboard to help give a gracefully finished look to it’s ends. Crown molding also often used in a ceilings edges.

Here are a couple of examples


If you’re wanting to install crown molding but prefer the easy way, check out this foam crown molding kit! It still looks farmhouse style chic but very easy to apply.

3. Industrial accents

Industrial decorating uses exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, often combined with exposed brick walls. This is why Joanna Gaines designs all tie together despite the vast variety of harsh elements she uses. Industrial decor is popular with farmhouse style decor because it tends to look very rustic and mature. Keep in mind that there are two different ways to style industrial decor, either a lighter, chic look or a darker, antique design.

Here are some industrial examples

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}-- Joanna Gaines farmhouse table with industrial chairs
via HGTV

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4. Signs

Farmhouse signs can be two different styles: chalkboard or wood.

Continuing with the rustic feel, wood signs add that finishing touch of encouragement to your walls. Generally wood signs are either one big slab of wood or pallet style.

There are many ways that you can make a beautiful wood sign. I tend to like the freehand method but that is because freehand tends to be easier to me than using a computer. However, the most popular and quickest way to make a sign is by using a Cricut Explore or the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. These machines do a FABULOUS job and one is currently very high on my Christmas wish list (wink wink to my hubby).

Cricut VS Silhouette Cameo


I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one. All I will say is that I am personally leaning towards the Cricut!

Below is a tutorial on how Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog makes her signs with her cutting machine.

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included} -- farmhouse sign DIY from Just a Girl and Her Blog
via Just a Girl and Her Blog

The other route to making a farmhouse sign is the chalkboard route. This can be a little more tricky because it wouldn’t look too great adding vinyl stencils and for obvious reasons it would be pretty crazy to paint over the already beautiful chalkboard.

Check out my free hand chalkboard lettering tutorial. I explain how to use a grid to ensure symmetrical words and how to prep your board.  This was the first time I made a chalkboard sign, I should probably update it but oh well! 🙂

Here are some chalkboard art examples

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included}-- Chalkboard Art
via Sean Tulgetske on Instagram

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Thank you so much for following along! If you liked this post, check out Five Tiny Bathroom Decorating Ideas {Farmhouse Style}

I have made you a printable Ultimate Farmhouse Decor Checklist where you can check off the items that you already have or simply use as a reference when farmhouse decor shopping.

4 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style {Printable Included} -- Ultimate Farmhouse Decor Check List

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