Farmhouse Style. It is something we have all grown to love because it’s simple, inexpensive, and attainable. But is it going out of style?
I just read over ten recently published articles that all say that farmhouse, or some farmhouse styles, are definitely on their way out. Today I am sharing a few highlights from these articles and how I feel about the question, “Is farmhouse going out of style?”.
Can It Be True?
You might remember I published a blog post last month titled Are White Traditional Kitchens Out of Style? This topic got a huge response and I did not agree with any of the articles I read about this topic.
But after I read the articles asking Is Farmhouse Going Out of Style? I felt a bit different.
Before you panic and head down to make a comment, please hear me out.
Is Farmhouse Going Out of Style?
The straightforward answer, in my opinion, is no.
However, I agree that there are some “farmhouse” items that were hugely popular and over time have become less popular. Does that mean they are out of style? Not necessary.
So what type of farmhouse style do I think will always be in style?
Anything that is authentic.
I am not saying this because we own two homes that are over one hundred years old, but the original shiplap in an old home looks amazing and I don’t think it goes out of style, ever.
But is shiplap in a modern home something that designers and others are wary of? I have no idea.
Authentic old chippy pieces of furniture are amazing. Personally, I will keep buying them forever. But many of the articles said that faux chippy furniture is now less popular. Perhaps that might be true. Who knows?
What the Articles Said
The first article I read 4 Reasons These Designers Are Totally Over Farmhouse Decor highlighted four farmhouse trends that are past their prime. The four were rustic signs, barn house doors, shiplap, and mixing decor styles with farmhouse (such as mid-century modern, traditional, and farmhouse.)
I think you should read the article to form your own opinions, but I can tell you the one item that I have a lot less of in our home is farmhouse signs. To be honest, I just got tired of them. But did I get rid of all of them? No! The farmhouse sign on our Waco porch is one of my all-time favorites.
Does this mean you need to get rid of the ones in your home? Of course not.
Here are a few more articles worth mentioning (please note some comments I totally disagree with!)
I understand that some barnhouse-style doors aren’t practical, but given the right usage, they can be amazing. Personally, I think the newer glass-style barnhouse doors are pretty cool.
These tall vintage doors (seen above) aren’t technically barnhouse doors but could be called barnhouse-style doors. And they aren’t going anywhere because I love them.
So what about shiplap? Shiplap is something I will always love, especially if it is authentic (as I mentioned above).
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So What’s Next?
Farmhouse vs. Cottagecore
The new hot style that is on the rise is Cottagecore.
According to an article published on realtor.com, “While slightly similar, this trend is replacing the popular modern farmhouse trend, which may be on its way out, according to designers. More than shiplap and wooden dining benches, what people really want right now is this connection to a true family home. The kind of place where your kids’ heights are written in the doorway,” says McClure.
“Cottagecore,” an even cozier interior trend, is also heading straight up in popularity, with no signs of slowing in sight. The trend, which started as a Gen Z/millennial social media trope and exploded into a full-blown movement during the pandemic, is all about embracing simple comforts, often through a nostalgic lens.”
Wait, what? So exactly how is Cottagecore different from farmhouse? (Click the link above for an interesting perspective.) The last time I checked, “a true family home, which is cozy and has vintage items” (aka Cottagecore) is the same as one decorated in farmhouse style.
Do you agree?
Easy Ways to Update Your Farmhouse Style
As I alluded to earlier, there are a few farmhouse items that were very popular and might be tiring in some of our minds. If you are looking for some slight changes to your farmhouse style, these might be ideas to consider.
Farmhouse Signs with Words
I had plenty of signs with words in our home but most have them have been retired. Over time, I have replaced them with artwork and a lot of it has been abstract. Granted, a lot of the art is all art I have painted so the cost is nothing, but there is a lot of great and inexpensive art available for purchase.
Faux Vintage Chippy Items
I am really on the fence about this one because there are a lot of faux-vintage items that I really like. Almost every article I read mentioned that faux-chippy items are a lot less popular than they were a few years ago. But there are some amazingly authentic-looking faux chippy items that are much less expensive than real vintage or antique items. Who can argue with that?
Lean Toward Classic and Neutral Items
As items wear down, it is always a good idea to replace them with classic styles and neutral items. I love neutral linens and furniture. Why? Because you can always add color without havng to change anything first.
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