Farmhouse design elements, clean sight lines, and open concept living is trending in the home renovations on old housing and custom new homes. The farmhouse chic design is a regular feature in homes that Chip and Joanna Gaines have designed on the popular television show, “Fixer Upper”, and with their show ending now is the time to do your own DIY farmhouse makeover in your home.
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Here are some of the popular design elements that you can find in Chip and Joanna Gaines Farmhouse Chic designs.
Most people who are trying to achieve the farmhouse design go for the farmhouse sink. Farmhouse sinks were designed when there wasn’t running water in homes. They tend to be deeper than most modern sinks. If you are a baker, you will love this sink because you can stack pots n pans and other items needed for cooking for your family.
Unlike your modern sinks, a farmhouse sink doesn’t have a hole for the faucet and sprayer. So when it is installed, it has to be installed in the counter top or on the wall.
Many homeowners are worried about farmhouse sinks will go out of style but it is highly unlikely since they have been around since the 1800s. They are a part of history. However, I think it is important to look at the overall design that you are going from and then choose your sink. Even if you don’t go for the farmhouse sink, go for a single deep sink. A single deep sink will make cleaning your pots and pans, crock pots, roasting pans, cookie sheets, etc., so much easier.
Reclaimed Barn Wood
Whether you are tearing a home down to the studs or just looking to add your own touches to your home, adding a reclaimed wood accent wall can add character. Don’t worry the wood doesn’t have to come from your own home. Try and think of places that you can purchase reclaimed wood. Here are a few ways to find reclaimed barn wood:
- Reclaimed Wood Dealers who specialize in purchasing wood from historic homes, fences, and old barns.
- Search online for “reclaimed wood”, “reclaimed timber”, or “reclaimed lumber”. Before making the purchase ask plenty of questions about the quality of the wood. You want to know if the wood is rotting, warped, or infested with bugs such as termites.
- Architectural Salvage yards who specialize in salvaging architectural wood and other elements from old houses.
- Demolition sites are a great way to find reclaimed wood. Find homes or historical buildings that are on the list to be demolished. Contact the owner and ask for permission to search for reclaimed wood prior to demolition.
- A field near your home might have an old home on the property that is sitting vacant or on the verge of falling over. Ask the owner for permission to gather reclaimed barn wood. The county’s appraisal district has public records of property owners to help identify the property owner.
- Home Depot sells disassembled pallets and crates that can be used for your project.
You can experiment with open shelving in other areas in your home. Shelves are an easy way to add design elements to a room. Joanna would approve of these open shelves in the kitchen or bathroom.
Pick Multipurpose Storage and Furniture Pieces
Joanna Gaines always adds versatile pieces of furniture, such as this white farmhouse cabinet with sliding doors, or organizational tools to help control the clutter. Find farmhouse chic wooden crates, storage cubbies, old trunks, baskets, or piece of furniture to help keep the clutter at bay in the living room.
If barn doors don’t work, pocket doors are another option. They slide into an open space between the walls.
Pick Farmhouse Chic Art Work
Choose Popular Farmhouse Paint Colors
Use Farmhouse Chic Accessories
Add your favorite farmhouse chic accessories to complete the design you want to achieve. Your accessories should compliment things that you like or pieces that tell a story. Accessories are a great way to add pops of color.
Before shopping take measurements of the space so that you can ensure your favorite farmhouse chic accessory will fit where you envision that it will go.
Don’t be afraid to search for farmhouse chic accessories at thrift stores, discount stores, or garage sales. It is even possible that you will find accessories that you can use that are already in your house. You never know what hidden treasures that you will find. Never buy something just to fill the space, wait until you find pieces that resonate with your style and that you are completely obsessed with. Remember Joanna, uses books, baskets, vases, and picture frames filled with family photos.