We are all enamored with the farmhouse look. Maybe we love it so much because it is easy to pull together and it provides a sense of comfort. sophisticated ways for you to bring farmhouse charm to your outdoor space this season.
This blog was written by Aby Arnold, an Interior Designer for Pillow Perfect. She loves helping clients beautify their homes. Aby reminds you to never underestimate the power of a well-placed throw pillow!
- Farmhouse Furniture
This idea is probably one of the most dynamic features you will invest in for your patio or back deck. It is a lot of fun to browse DIY farmhouse furniture on Pinterest because you just may discover you already own something that can be transformed to fit perfectly into the look you desire. Maybe some old barn wood, wicker benches or an old dresser you removed from grandma’s house are just waiting to be used.
A good can of white spray paint can transform almost any piece into a farmhouse keepsake. Repurposing an old door into a dining table or a coffee table is a fantastic conversation piece. If you’re purchasing a set, instead of using a mismatched style, stick with wood, wicker, or white.
- Accent Pillows
Novelty outdoor pillows with unique designs and bold prints are a perfect way to liven up a neutral farmhouse-themed patio. Pillows with a cheerful floral print offer the perfect bright counterpoint to rustic white-washed or distressed furniture.
- Metal Accents
One of the simplest ways to bring in some rustic charm is the addition of metal accents. Currently, copper is trending for knick knacks, overlays and light fixtures. A couple of copper stools are a unique way to make your space functional and stylish.
Long has the galvanized metal been part of most farmhouse designs. You can’t go wrong with a large galvanized metal plant holder, tub or maybe a little step stool that may be useful for the kids.
- Lavender and Succulents
Adding herbal plants to your space is a gorgeous way to add charm to your back patio. Plus, it smells great! Lavender and thyme are also known for keeping the pesky bugs away on a hot summer night.
Succulents can be planted into a simple wooden box or in several small white jars. They are also
resilient. For those of you who don’t have a green thumb, herbs and succulents are a lot easier to keep alive than some other plants.
- Painter’s Ladder
These are a great feature for your back deck or patio because you can add all kinds of sweet details onto the rungs of the ladder. If you can’t find one, it only takes minutes for a carpenter to throw one of these together. They are also a lot of fun to string lights on in the summer months for holidays or a family cookout. This area is a great place for some of your succulents and herbs to hang out as well.
- Giant Letters
One of the best ways to personalize your outdoor space is to add a giant letter that represents your family’s last name. You may have to keep an eye out for just the right one. Décor stores now carry all kinds of designed letters, but you may want to wait for something that falls into your possession from an old restaurant or business. The great thing about the farmhouse look is that nothing needs to look too uniform.
- Unorthodox Signs
Maybe you don’t live on a farm or even near a farm, but don’t we all like to pretend that we totally could if we wanted to? Adding wooden signs with white painted lettering makes it all too easy to create the farmhouse atmosphere. A simple one-word sign that says “welcome” is great. This idea is just an adorable way to customize your space.
- Artsy Displays
Farmhouse décor allows for some unique displays of art. For a rustic and earthy feel wood, metal and linen can be transformed into a great focal piece on your back porch wall or leaning against a corner. Have some old doors, windows or framed out wood? Don’t be afraid to experiment with these by transforming them into picture frames or wall art.
- Crates and Metal Tubs
Your shabby chic style should also be functional. Old crates or galvanized tubs are a great place to store pillows, throws or accessories you don’t plan on leaving out during the evenings. You’re trying to create a space you love, but you also don’t want to be overrun with clutter. Crates and antique-looking pails are the greatest way to stay organized.
- Leafy Wreaths
For a wreath that will stand the test of time, you may want to invest in one with synthetic leaves. However, magnolia wreaths and eucalyptus leaf wreaths are a great way to add a splash of color and Southern sophistication to your outdoor living space, plus you can use real leaves because of their durability. Options for wreaths are very versatile. You can also use flowers, berries or a plain brown wreath.
- Rocking Chair
You may think this should fall into the furniture category, but rocking chairs are their own thing, guys. These are such a fabulous feature to any outdoor space. Anytime I see a rocking chair on a porch, it just screams Southern comfort and charm.
Consider spray painting a pair of them in a glossy black or white. Add some floral pillow seat cushions and outdoor throw pillows for an inviting look. What a great spot to unwind at the end of a long day!
- An Old Chest
If you don’t already have a patio table in place, an old chest is a simple way to add farmhouse charm without all the fuss. It can be added as the centerpiece of your furniture for décor and a place to prop up your feet. You can also designate it as a side table for your glass of sweet tea to live on during the hot summer evenings. These can be painted or left “as is.”