The dining room is often times an extension of the living room or the kitchen. Or, it could be in an open plan combo where all three are located in the same space. This makes the dining room an important ‘public’ part of the house. In all cases, the dining room needs to be welcoming in order to host family, friends, and guests. A known style that is popular in creating welcoming and warm interior spaces is Farmhouse style. Farmhouse-chic is particularly relevant to modern interiors as it is both rustic and refined. Also, the look of farmhouse-chic can easily create relaxed and cozy spaces. But how do you get your existing dining room to look farmhouse-chic?
This post contains a collection of some of the best examples that showcase the farmhouse dining and breakfast space. If you are looking for inspiration to either decorate or re-design a dining room in the farmhouse style, this post is for you. Take some time to peruse through them and come up with your own mood board. Also, be sure to visit the post on ‘How To Get The Farmhouse Style Kitchen Look‘ to take cues from kitchen design elements.
How To Get Your Dining Room To Look Farmhouse-Chic
The farmhouse dining room furniture has a few common design threads such as the ‘farmhouse dining table’ and industrial pendant light. Generally preferred is a long dining table (feasible in a spacious dining room). That is also relevant for those fun and casual dinner parties or family breakfast. A natural-weathered wood table top will instantly add a country charisma to the room. Dining chairs can vary in style and material as seen in the many ideas that follow. Decorations are often reminiscent of the farm or barn house lifestyle. Include green elements such as plants in the room or as part of seasonal tablescape decor.
In the case of a dining room makeover, natural textures such as wood floors and shiplap walls are great choices. Room finishes are better left neutral-toned or white as discussed in this post: ‘Rustic and Chic: How to Create a Farmhouse Living Room‘.
In short, to decorate your dining room to look farmhouse-chic boils down to using rustic and refined elements. Create your own mood board based on what catches your eyes from the many ideas in the following images. From there you will be able to select the type of furniture and fixtures to include in your dining space. Lastly, add your own personal touch to the room for personality.
South View Dining Room
All White Dining Table & Chairs
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A ten-seat dining table is an intangible element that makes this room true to farmhouse style among other elements. Less visual clutter seems to be the approach here. Note the mix of different textures and materials.
The Lake House Dining Room
Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
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Country Charm Dining Room
Farmhouse style calls for a relaxed, comfortable, and rustic look and feel. This can best be achieved with hand-crafted furniture items and other decor elements. Wood is the material of choice (but not the only material) as it evokes the country’s lifestyle. Historically, the traditional farmhouse evolved in a context and time when rustic materials were commonly used and intrinsically became part of the interior decor. Nowadays, we use distressed furniture or natural-weathered wood to achieve that lived-in look. When designing a dining room with farmhouse-chic furniture and finishes, the emphasis is placed on ‘country charm’ as opposed to an ‘old-fashioned’ dining room.
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Credit: Clark & Co Homes
Credit: New Rosslyn Construction
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Credit: Vicky’s Home
As demonstrated in the selected images in this post, a farmhouse-style dining room does not have to look old-fashioned. On the contrary, what is evident is that by mixing vintage and new elements together, a fresh and refined rustic look can emerge. This is what makes farmhouse-chic relevant today and not in the historical farmhouse days. You can refer to: ‘Rustic and Chic: How to Create a Farmhouse Living Room‘ to review some essential farmhouse-style decor elements.
Whether it is a vintage or a modern farmhouse dining room that you are aiming for, add your own personality to your project. Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment. The bottom line is that your space needs to look casual as opposed to formal. Farmhouse style can be used as a process to achieve more than just a comfortable and laid-back interior. It can be used to create spaces that relate to history as well as a reminder of the ‘old world’ or, an opportunity to create rustic living spaces.
Have fun designing and decorating your next farmhouse-style dining room or breakfast corner.
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