Over the years, faux taxidermy has become a popular trend in interior design. Folks love the idea of displaying beautiful creatures from nature, but don't always love, well, the "real thing"!
Enter Faux Taxidermy!
Beautiful sculptures made from materials like resin, metal, and even cardboard have taken the place of your grandfather's prized buck, antelope, or even bear. This decor is just as majestic as the real thing, but more modern and completely chic and animal-friendly.
Of course as with everything, some say Yay and others Nay (to Taxidermy)! Some folks might say it's cruel and outdated to display dead animals on the walls of your home and that faux taxidermy items like heads and skulls shows an appreciation for the beauty of nature. They add that rustic farmhouse or "nature" vibe that so many love. And the fact that it is they are Animal Friendly is a HUGE bonus! Others will proudly display their "trophy" of a past hunting experience that they want to treasure.
Whichever side you are on... after you see the beautiful detail in these pieces, you will understand why Faux Taxidermy decor is making their way into homes across the country!
Take this Longhorn Cow Skull for instance...
It adds the perfect amount of POP to your gallery wall.
The detail is incredible and will make a definite statement! It turns an otherwise flat wall into an eye catching 3D focal point!
Any Faux Taxidermy piece will create that same affect.. so if Longhorn skulls aren't your thing.... pick one! If the animal exists in nature, there is likely a Faux version for you to enjoy!
✔ Whether you group several together as a dramatic gallery or hang just one as a focal point, faux taxidermy will surely turn heads!
✔ Try creating a collage with large and mini sizes in different colors to compliment the rest of your home decor!
Another fun piece is the Deer Head. It features the dignified gaze of the elegant white-tailed deer. The natural detail in this piece is stunning and is a great way to bring nature into your home in a chic and animal-friendly way! Great for kids rooms and nurseries, as well as a living or dining room accent piece.
Decor Tip: Pair some rustic elegance with your Faux Taxidermy elements! Cast Iron Arrows make a great addition! Just the right amount of rustic to go with your Animal pal!
✔ We have also seen a HUGE growth trend with Faux Taxidermy decor being added to baby nurseries or kids rooms! Face it... you all know people that have decorated their little ones nursery with baby animals! Mini faux taxidermy pieces are the perfect addition to that decor! Some folks opt for ceramic/resin material over stuffed animal wall mounts due to allergens and cleanliness. But that's completely up to you!
From mini elephants, bears, deer...or even giraffes... the possibilities are endless!! Add a piece of nature to your baby's room for a fun and playful statement! And as baby grows, you're little kids will love it for years to come!
Need more design tips? Check out some Great Medieval Home Decor Tips!
Who doesn't love castles? There’s something majestic about them that lures out both the suppressed romantic and the inner warrior. Given that most of us can’t afford a castle (that would be amazing!!!)... how can we capture even a hint of the alluring qualities of a castle?
Medieval, Gothic home decor items are trending and are a great way to add a touch of rustic elegance to your home.
This unique style is ultimately about making a rich statement. Whether bold, or subtle...
Gothic or Medieval interior decor is all about elegance and drama.
✔ Choose Rich, Deep Colors
When you are choosing a palatial theme like Medieval, then you can pick rich colors like red, green, brown and gold in deeper tones. The most common are burgundy, dark green, and gold. Mix it up a bit too... try adding a burgundy accent wall with gold on the other walls. If you don’t want such bold colors on your walls, use them in your furniture, rugs, or accents instead. Add a softer, more neutral tone to your walls.
✔ Switch to Fancy Flooring
Instead of keeping it simple and regular, look for designer tiles or fancy stones. And... keep them bare. When you picture a castle, you don’t see wall-to-wall carpeting. Castles had bare floors, usually made of stone. Also, hardwood is also an affordable option.
✔ Design Options for Walls
Medieval theme has all the elements that can impress your guests the moment they enter your facility. Not only the flooring and ceilings, but the walls of your house should also be addressed while redecorating. Instead of keeping them plain and sober, you should choose interesting design options for walls. Some ideas to consider are dragons, gargoyles, and human skulls.
✔ Fireplace as Focus Point
When it comes to medieval interior designing theme, a fireplace is always the best choice for focal point. Opting for a vintage style fireplace makes a great statement!
✔ Invest in Wooden Furnishings
For affordable, yet stylish furnishing options, invest in wooden furniture in dark finishes. Instead of spending money in glass tables, you can buy a wooden table made of oak or lumber with a touch of medieval period.
✔ Natural Lighting and Wall Sconces
Make sure that you let the natural light enter the house. In addition, you must have wall sconces. Wall sconces give you the mystery and charm of a true castle. As a more subtle approach, you can use stylish lamps and small ceiling lights to create the drama of the medieval period in your house.
Check out this great Wrought Iron candle holder wall accent! It's perfect! The scroll pattern...the color... Everything about it screams medieval elegance!
Available on Wayfair
✔ Choose Vintage Style Curtains & Accessories
In order to give a medieval look to your home, choose the right accessories... and long, flowing, drapey curtains. Properly castled window treatments coverings will puddle on the floor.
An easy Castle themed element for the kitchen.... Copper pots!! Nothing says "medieval castle" like copper pots hung in your kitchen! If you aren't into the full hanging pot look, just add a few copper touches in your kitchen.
Some great accent ideas!
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Hand finished CAST IRON
Available in Rustic Bronze & Gold.
I mentioned adding a Dragon Head as a decorative accent... Check this one out!
An ode to the Game of Thrones and Dungeons & Dragons, this Dragon Head symbolizes one of the most popular mythical creatures of our time!
And the detail in this piece is incredible!!!! Check out the piercing red eyes!!!!
Enjoy your "Castle"!
For more design inspiration, check out Affordable Kids Room Decorating Ideas!
Decorating your Kids Room can be challenging. You want it to be a place that your little one loves and wants to spend time in. Add some MAGIC! Whether it's a baby Nursery, big Kid makeover or Playroom overhaul.... adding some creative whimsy is never a bad idea! BUT... you also need to be sure it is a practical space for play, storage, and school work. And, of course, the added stresser of designing it so that it will adapt as your child grows! After all, you don't want a major renovation every few years as your child matures.
Here are some decor ideas for boys and girls alike!
✔ Create a Mini Art Gallery Wall
Display your kids fave art pieces, or select paintings or pics of your kids with their friends or family! Walls adorned with gallery-style wall decor adds an element of "art" and creates a focus in the room. Choose color frames of all sizes and colors that help compliment the color scheme in the room!
A great accent to your Kids Gallery wall is the finishing touch!
The Jurassic faux T. Rex Head (left) allows your childs imagination to run wild as they go back 66-68 million years ago to the Jurassic and Mesozoic eras! Your child will RAWWRRRR over this realistic looking dinosaur!
Or... Do you have a Shark Lover on your hands?
Check out this magnificent Shark wall decor! (right) Notice the wallpaper... easily grows with your child! The accents of black and gold add a level of sophistication to the space!
Photo courtesy of @shabbydesertnest
How about a Magical, Whimsical Unicorn for your little girl!? This Unicorn (right) wall mount is the perfect addition to any Unicorn lovers bedroom or playroom! Your little girl will enjoy the magical, hand crafted detail of this mythical creature for years to come!
Perfect for a nursery too!
All of these tips (above) can easily be phased-up to more mature decor as your child grows! Swap out the pictures on your Gallery wall with updated kids art, photos, etc... and repaint or add new, more mature picture frames. Your child's Wall Charmer can easily be incorporated into a tween/teen bedroom with a few simple changes.Try framing a small space on the wall, and hanging it as a centerpiece above your child's bed! The shelves that were once home to brightly colored toy bins can be replaced with wicker or even metal baskets to bring a mature, more sophisticated vibe to your child's room. And of course, add some other accent pieces like dried flowers, and colorful accent pillows and throws for a space that she, and all her friends, will love to hang out in!
✔ Organization and Functionality is a MUST!
To help your kids stay organized, keep things at their height. Coat racks, closet storage and benches will all be used more often (Maybe. Let's be realistic... they are kids!) if they are within reach. And when adding storage baskets or bins, choose a FUN color so they look more like decor and less like a place to stow away toys and art supplies. Oh, speaking of art... Here's a fun idea....
Paint a section of your child's wall with chalkboard paint for hours and hours of drawing fun! As a kid they will love it... and as a tween/teen... it becomes a space to write inspiration quotes, homework assignments, phone numbers... and more!
✔ Choose Wall Colors Wisely
At age 5, your little girl is all about everything pink and purple and sparkly! But that could, and likely WILL, change in the coming years. So, rather than going all out Princess on her walls... choose a more subtle tone and accentuate with colorful decor accents. Choose white, or a pale lavender for the wall color and add POPS of bright Pink, Purple and Sparkle in your design elements. Add a brightly colored comforter and some wall decals of her favorite princess or a FUN whimsical painting to tie it all in. As she grows, these things are so much easier to remove and swap out for decor that better aligns with her taste. Cast Iron Arrows and Anchors are a great rustic touch for an older kids room.
The same goes for boys... choose a softer blue, green or even gray wall color. These are neutral colors that can be transformed easily into a space fit for a teenage boy! And patterned wallpaper is always a good choice to add some depth to the space.
✔ Some other Decor Accents that are a BIG hit!
Add a touch of Gothic/Medieval to our older child's room. You don't want to go too dark/Goth... just a touch adds some sophistication and class to the space!
Or how about a Dragon?
An ode to the Game of Thrones and Dungeons & Dragons, this Dragon Head is a sculpture that symbolizes one of the most popular mythical creatures of our time!
And the detail in this piece is incredible!!!! Check out the piercing red eyes!!!!
The Perfect addition to your Dragon lovers room!!
Redecorating your Kids room into a fun and functional space that transitions into a space fit for a tween or teen can be easy and affordable! Just swap out the "baby" stuff with add some "grown up" accessories and...viola!!
Check out this Nods to Nature and ‘Star Wars’ in 2 Boys’ Bedrooms and Bath decor! (click the link to see more pics) Amazing! The perfect compromise when your 2 boys share a room and have different interests!
For more design inspiration, check out some tips to give your home a much need Spring Makeover!
Spring is almost here! The time for chirping birds... beautiful flowers... warmer weather... and.. of course...
A New Spring Look!!
To celebrate the end of this cold winter.... we are welcoming Spring with some fresh decorating ideas to help brighten up your home! From pastel color palettes and floral accents to fresh patterns and a few new farmhouse decor accent pieces you can easily add that fresh Spring feel to your home!
You can go all out...or just change out a few decor items for a more subtle change.
Sometimes all you need is a touch of the outdoors and a Pop of color to make all the difference. The simplest farmhouse vase is an old mason jar! Paint it a pastel color like mint, pink, yellow or blue. or leave it... it's your choice! Then pick a bunch of your favorite flowers and viola!!
Fun Tip: Put a few drops of food coloring in the water, then cut the stems and insert some white carnations or any other white flowers of your choice. The flowers will absorb the colored water and will turn color! Super simple & easy!!!
Allergic to flowers? No worries.... in place of real flowers fill your mason jar with silk flowers, potpourri.... or even jellybeans!...yes.... jellybeans! Super colorful and Easter-ish. But definitely keep that jar up high, away from the little fingers of the kiddos. Nothing spells disaster like a kid on a sugar high!
Another Tip... Mason jars make excellent Candle holders!!
Silk orchids are always a nice touch to brighten up your mantle! And when paired with the perfect metal wall decor it, adds a delicate contrast.
Bring the Outdoors In.
Switching out your table centerpieces is an easy way to make a subtle change for the season. For Spring..try the Organic look. A wooden box is a great for planting some grasses or low growing flowers, or use it in your kitchen to keep your favorite herbs handy for cooking! A galvanized metal bucket for use as a vase or flowerpot adds a definite farmhouse feel!
Fun with Fabrics.
Give a neutral room a fresh update with a mix of floral patterned fabrics. Spring is the perfect time to replace those old curtains and drapes. Try a new pattern, or... if you aren't a fan of patterned fabrics, simply update to a more Spring-y color!
This season, there are some amazing floral prints hitting he shelves that are a must have for the perfect Spring look! Go bold or simple...it's your choice! And don't be afraid to mix and match patterns... as long as use colors within the same palette you'll nail it!
Find this modern, floral pillow (right) at Wayfair.
To go along with your florals.... bring more of the outside in with leaf prints. Create an accent wall with a leaf print wallpaper if you are going all in on this makeover... or add a subtle leaf pattern to your gallery wall with a stencil. To complete the look, your accessories should either be among the same color palette... or find some awesome throw pillows with a leaf print fabric. Fern prints are always a hit!! But be careful not to overdo it... it's easy to go from chic to tacky... with just one printed fabric too many!
Time for a Color-lift?Say goodbye to dark, deep tones... Let the Sunshine in with soft pastel shades.. or even neutral shades of white! Whether it's just one room or many, freshening up your walls is sure to bring some of Springtime indoors!
✔ Mint green is a great choice... it's making a comeback and is a very calm, modern tone. It pairs beautifully with natural wood accents as well as metals!
✔ And don’t overlook lavender. Lavender is a classy, neutral color that works beautifully with a wide array of other colors. Great for bedrooms! Pair it with other pastels or neutrals like gray, ivory, and white for a soft look.
A few GREAT wall accent ideas to go with your Fresh, Spring color palette...
✔ Cast Iron Wall Decor! Helps to break up the "pretty" but adding an element of rustic. It compliments the pastel colors beautifully. Try some Cast Iron Arrows, Single or 3-Set Arrows... or maybe a Rustic Wall Anchor. A great way to fill in blank space on a gallery wall or just to give your wall a bit of dimension.
✔ Another fun find....
Skeleton Keys are a big hit!
A great addition to any farmhouse decor but also lends a hint of old world with a subtle Gothic or Medieval vibe.
A fun decorative accent for any bedroom or office!
Available in Rustic Bronze or Gold, these keys will add a nice touch to your makeover!
✔ Faux Taxidermy... adds an additional element of the outdoors to your home while creating a fun, eye catching focus to your decor!
From the dignified gaze of the elegant white-tailed deer in our Virginia Deer Head Wall Mounts....
... to the rugged, Southwest vibe of our Longhorn Cow Skulls...
Our Faux taxidermy collection is A Fusion of Nature and Decor and hand finished in Sunny Arizona for a piece as unique as you are!
I love this Spring blue wall color paired with the fresh white wicker baskets! (right) The perfect farmhouse touch. And the Faux Taxidermy Virginia Deer Head wall decor adds an element of POP to this bathroom!
✔ Rustic Wall Shelves are a great way to display a vase of beautiful flowers, memorable pieces, or even paintings and family portraits. Find a great ledge shelf that works in your space and hang it on your gallery wall or anywhere you want to add some focus.
✔ Add some Time!! Why not add a new rustic farmhouse clock to the mix? With so many great new styles, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your space.
With all these great Spring Decor ideas...
"It's gonna be a Bright, Bright Sunshiny day!" in your home!
For more design inspiration, be sure to check out Farmhouse Decor Inspiration... Some of our Faves!
Choosing the right decor items isn't always easy. It requires some thought and foreshadowing... does it go with your current decor? Is your color scheme all wrong? Size... is it so big that it's overpowering? Too small and gets lost in the mix?
You want your decor items to stand out! To POP! Incorporating them the right way is a must!
To help you out, we've come up with a few farmhouse decor items that we just LOVE! We hope they speak to you also! Hey, anything we can do to help you out! :-)
Let's start with a few smaller, simple items to fill in some dead wall space. There's nothing worse than spending your time finding the best paintings, or family photos to frame.... oh, and then there's the added task of choosing the right frames... for the perfect Gallery wall and end up having it look like there is something missing! Small, subtle items can really help finish off our look.
Take a look at this Arrow Wall Mount! (right) It's the perfect size to fill in the space between some differently sized picture frames. Our Cast Iron Arrows have dual key holes on the back so you can vertically or horizontally..whichever way best suits you!
Another one of our faves.... this Distressed Bronze Skeleton Key (right). It fills in the blank space perfectly without overcrowding. What's perfect about the Skeleton Key is that it goes perfectly with any Farmhouse motif, but also... with the right complimenting accent pieces, is Medieval, or Gothic, as well! Bonus!
Find this, as well as the Cast Iron Arrow, at WallCharmers.
Nothing says Rustic Farmhouse like our next favorite! This Weathered Rustic Windowpane Wood Wall Plaque is the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom.
Stand it against the wall on a rustic wood console table or dresser or hang it on the wall!
You can even get extra creative and use it to display your favorite vacation photos, or school pics of the kiddos!
Available at Kirklands.
Let's talk about accent lamps! The right lighting is always crucial when decorating your home. With Farmhouse decor, depending on whether you are going for the Classic Farmhouse feel, or a more Modern Farmhouse look you could go in a number of different directions with this one! You could opt for an uber rustic floor lamp like the one featured left. It goes perfectly with a more Rustic, Classic Farmhouse look!
A great compliment would be to add a Longhorn Cow Head Wall Mount! Sure to make your wall POP!
Both of these lamps are available on Wayfair. Texas Longhorn Cow Head available at WallCharmers.
For a more modern lighting take.... try this Arched bell, lantern style floor lamp (right). It's not as rustic, but still adds the element of farmhouse with the hanging lantern light effect! And, if I might add, the wall color is the perfect neutral palette to compliment the lamp and hanging mirror.
Consider switching out the wall decor to something a bit more farmhouse, like Cast Iron Arrows...
Or a great Faux Taxidermy accent.... like our next fave...
Faux taxidermy is a great rustic touch to any decor style!
It's A Fusion of Nature and Modern Home Decor
... and incorporates beautifully with any Classic or Modern Farmhouse style decor!
Check out this black and gold Longhorn Cow Skull! It adds a rustic POP to this gorgeous breakfast nook!
The additional rustic features including the Farmhouse sign plaque and the gingham patterned dishes are a great addition! Oh, and the rustic wood ladder is the perfect finisher to this wall!
Not a longhorn skull fan?
Try a White Faux Deer Head or Skull instead! Or even a majestic Moose Head or a beautiful Bison Head!
You can find all of these great Faux Taxidermy items at WallCharmers.
These are just a few of our faves! Find the Farmhouse decor accents that speak to you and easily incorporate them with the overall flow of your home!
Need some Design Inspiration? Check out Farmhouse Design Inspiration Sources to help get your creative juices flowing!
When it comes to designing our homes, we look to many different sources for vision.
Often times, we've just visited a friends home and we think, "Wow! I love that?!" and wonder how we can implement a similar style into our own home.
Sure, we've all seen something, perhaps a piece of furniture, wall decor, or tabletop centerpiece that we love and want to try to merge it into our current design... or even redecorate entirely!
✔ Will this Rustic Faux Deer Skull or Faux Antler Rack go with my current decor style?
✔ How do I incorporate this Distressed Farmhouse Cast Iron Arrow wall decor?
Farmhouse decor is trending and there are so many different sources of information to help you get it right! Just "winging it" can be tricky and often times ends up looking like a hot mess! A hodge podge of different decor items all slammed together! You need to be aware of what "goes" and what clashes. Incorporating the right accents with your furniture and color scheme is key! Take a look at some of the inspiration resources below. They'll surely get your creative juices flowing!
✔ Design Blogs
There are so many Farmhouse Design blogs on the internet you can surely get a TON of inspiration! A great source on ways to incorporate current trends, modern and classic farmhouse design, or, if Farmhouse isn't your thing, search up Contemporary, Medieval, Colonial, whatever tickles your fancy! Often times bloggers have great design ideas you wouldn't otherwise think of yourself. If you want to know it... there's a blog for it! Guaranteed!!! And once you find a blogger you love, follow them on social media. Chances are their social media accounts are packed with great images and articles links related to their blog.
✔ DIY TV Shows
This is a big one! I, myself, love DIY home decor and renovation TV shows. I fell in LOVE with Farmhouse style when the show Fixer Upper on HGTV launched! LOVE their style! They have such a great eye for incorporating Farmhouse decor but also take into consideration the style of the folks who own the home. There many other shows on HGTV that are great for helping with your Farmhouse decor, and they're super entertaining too! Oh.. for you Farmhouse DIY show lovers, there is a new one coming this year ... The pilot for Farmhouse Fixer is set to premiere on HGTV in 2019. The host will work to renovate a centuries old New England Farmhouse! I can't wait to see how he preserves the historic charm of the house while adding a modern layout!
Check out HGTV's website for more information on this new show!
✔ Social Media
Social Media is a big one! Pinterest, Instagram, even Facebook are great sources! Also look to Tumblr for some great ideas! Millions of people visually share, and discover new interests by posting on these social media sites!
✔ Online Shopping Sites
Shopping for your home isn't always easy, especially online. However, in this digital age of home decor, the interior design world is stepping up its game. There are so many e-commerce outlets where you can find the big, small, unique, and everything in between, tailored to your specific design style. Since we are talking about Farmhouse decor, I've made a list of great online shopping sites to offer some inspiration.
- Wayfair and Houzz are great sources of inspiration. Decor for Every Style & Budget. Even Yours! You can sort by design style if you are looking for a specific style.
- LTD Commodities is another good find! Incredible values in home decor, bed and bath, and more!
- And I LOVE Antique Farmhouse! Everything from shabby chic to farmhouse home decor to enhance your space.
❤ But, of course, Wall Charmers is the BEST! (We may be a bit biased though.) We aren't just Faux Taxidermy! We're always adding to our Farmhouse Collection, including our Cast Iron Arrow wall decor, so check back from time to time for updates! Lots of BIG, exciting things happening in the near future!
A few great magazines to peak your interest!
- Farmhouse Style is our #1 mag pick! Inside every issue you will find Gorgeous home tours to inspire you,Today's BEST rustic decorating tips, Easy DIY farmhouse decor ideas, and more!
- Better Homes and Gardens is a great magazine for detailed tips on subjects ranging from interior decorating to healthy cooking.
- Country Living for sure! It focuses on modern design ideas that retain the natural country feel. Enjoy tips on gardening, recipes and do-it-yourself craft ideas.
- House Beautiful is all about making your house beautiful with interior design and gardening tips. Whether you are downsizing, or upsizing, create the look and style that's right for you.
You're probably not an interior designer.. but with the right tips and tricks, and the right decor items, your home will look like you are!
So, whether you know the "look" you are going for and you need some help putting it all together, or you have no idea what you want to do, you just need a change... All of the sources above are sure to leave you with heaps of design inspiration to complete your Farmhouse makeover!
Check out The History of Farmhouse Decor to see where this trending new design style started!
Where did it originate? And where is it today?
Farmhouse architecture originated in Europe, more specifically, in Germany and Scandinavia. Traditionally, farmhouses were nothing more than homes built on farm lands to house the people who owned or worked the land. The term Farmhouse wasn't as much considered a style, but, rather, a setting for a way of life. From Europe, it made its way to the farm lands of the US in the 1700s and, as time progressed, the 1930s brought about a new era for the American Farmhouse.
★ Back in the day, homes were not only a place to keep warm and dry. Everything in the home served a purpose. Farmhouses were made of wood because it was easy to come by and easy to work with. This saved the owner time and money, which was essential. Farmhouses would usually be found in the countryside with a river or other water source nearby for both convenience and necessity.
❤ Today, when decorating in the classic farmhouse style, keeping true to it's roots, you will see rustic wood elements like an old paned window that's been refinished and distressed as a wall accent. It's a great idea especially if you want to add family photos to add a personal touch. For folks who want more than just a touch of that classic farmhouse style, you will likely see a shiplap wall, hung horizontally or vertically. After all, classic farmhouses did not have drywall. Adding shiplap introduces strong lines and adds a homey feel to your home, while staying true to this classic style. For a more modern, less rustic, farmhouse look, paint it white.
★ Farmhouses of the past had large front porches that stretched the entire length of the house. These porches were not only built as a decorative accent, but they served a valuable purpose. Wood for home heating and cooking was stored there. Porches were also a place to leave muddy boots after a days work on the farm. And, yes, after a hard days work, families would gather on the porch to relax. After all, farming is hard work and a little R & R was well deserved!
❤ Nowadays, it's less about function and more about entertainment and aesthetics. Add a wooden bench to your front porch, or hang a lantern light fixture to enhance the farmhouse feel of your home's exterior. Another great lighting idea....incorporate some barn lighting. They have wonderful style. Gooseneck lamps and other barn-style lights bring the classic farmhouse look to your home, while being simple enough to tie in well with more modern designs.
★ The original farmhouses had large spacious kitchens due to the amount of work and gathering that happened there. Because of this, you would think farmhouse kitchens of the past would have lots of cabinetry covering the walls. You would be wrong! Instead, wood shelving was used as a means to store food and essentials.
❤ In classic farmhouse kitchens of today, keeping true to its roots, you still see this lack of overhead cabinets, with wood shelving in its place. It adds a rustic touch and is a great way to display all your fabulous farmhouse decor! I mean, why would you want to hide it!?
★ In the past, ceilings were low and doorways were narrow, not like the more modern farmhouses we see today.
❤ Today we see huge vaulted ceilings, often times with reclaimed, rustic wood beams which adds an element of age and history. It really makes a statement and adds lots of rustic charm to the home.
Look how far we've come!
We always look to history for inspiration in our everyday lives! Home decorating is no exception. Classic farmhouse has stood the test of time and has transformed into the more modern farmhouse style we see today.
Not sure which one better suits your style? Classic farmhouse mimics the traditional farmhouse style of the past, introducing natural wood accents, vintage furniture and accessories, and more traditional prints such as florals and paisley. The more modern farmhouse style that has become increasingly popular is less rustic and adds contemporary design elements. It takes the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style, and adds modern touches such as neutral color palettes, smooth, clean lines, and metal accent pieces like cast iron arrows and perhaps even a touch of faux taxidermy. A well placed faux deer skull wall mount adds just the right amount of POP to any wall! Mix and match both metal decor and faux taxidermy for the perfect look!
Avoiding common decorating mistakes can make all the difference!
You want your home to make a statement...the RIGHT statement! So consider the tips below when decorating your home.
Think Subtle when theme decorating.
All too often "theme" decorating goes horribly wrong and can come off looking tacky or overdone. Your theme, whether it's beach style, farmhouse or medieval, should be in the background. It should not be the entire focus of your room. Your theme should come through subtly as you look around the room. For instance, you rented a fabulous beach house last summer while on vacation and you are inspired to create a beachy, nautical themed look in your bedroom. Consider choosing a sand colored paint for your walls and use accents of blues and whites for your window treatments. Add pops of coral and turquoise for your pillows. A well placed decor accent, like a cast iron anchor wall mount or refreshing ocean painting, adds a little extra touch of "beach". Not one particular item in the room should scream "beach" but rather, all of the elements combined will create the beach theme you are looking for. If you are going for a touch of medieval, this dragon head wall mount adds a nice touch!
Use whites if you have kids or pets
White upholstery or rugs are a No No if you have kids or pets. Sure, it looks modern and clean, but there is nothing worse than a huge grape juice stain, or muddy paw prints in the middle of your beautiful white rug. UGHH!!! Don't create an environment that you constantly have to deep clean to keep it looking fabulous. You want to enjoy your room, not have to steer clear of it.
Use dramatic colors in a small space
Bold, dramatic colors are best used in small spaces as you pass through. A dramatic color in a room where you will be spending a lot of time might feel too heavy or dark, but if you use it in a room you pass through, like a foyer or hallway, or even a pantry, it makes the whole house feel more colorful. It also creates the illusion of a bigger house because it turns a space you wouldn't typically notice into one that catches your eye. So, go ahead, add that pop of color!
Don't forget about seating
Make sure you have enough seating...especially in your living and dining rooms. There is nothing worse than having a gathering and having folks standing around leaning on the walls because there isn't enough seating. You want your friends to be talking about the great party you had, not how their legs hurt from standing all night. If you don't have a large enough space for extra or large furniture, consider an ottoman instead of a coffee table to add some extra seating to a smaller space. Some colorful floor cushions serve a great purpose too!
Do - Test paint!!! Always!
If you are thinking of repainting a room in your home, make sure you paint a big enough section of the wall so that you can really get the feel for the color. Hanging the paint swatch on the wall is NOT enough! There's nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on a few gallons of paint (or even more hiring a professional), and spending days painting, only to find out that the color is not what you intended and you absolutely hate it!
Hang artwork too high
People have a tendency to hang artwork closer to the ceiling then it should be. Instead, hang your artwork closer to eye level so it can admired as you pass by. The same goes for other wall decor. Chances are, you hung that cast iron skeleton key or faux deer head on your gallery wall because you wanted to admire it. Placing it too high defeats that purpose.
Add an interesting accent piece
The room you will spend most of your time in, and also entertaining in, needs an accent piece that draws attention. Whether it's an accent piece over a fireplace or an addition to a gallery wall to make it POP, do add something to add character to your home. Consider a white faux taxidermy piece like a fake deer head or white bison head. It will surely make a statement!
Don't over do it.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Too much furniture in a room can make you feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed. It's unwelcoming to both you and your guests. Instead, consider the size of your room and choose the best pieces for the amount of space you have. You should have enough room to move freely. Be sure to arrange your furniture to create a natural flow in your home. The same goes for your decor... A few great accent pieces are all you need to complete your design. Consider adding a longhorn skull or other Faux Taxidermy Decor to the mix to add a touch of rustic without being too overwhelming.
Don't be too square
Symmetry creates a sense of calm and order to things..which is what you want for your home...but don't over do it. Too much order makes the room feel fixed, or passive. And you don't want that! Don't be afraid to shake things up! If your furniture is arranged symmetrically, hang wall art in a more free form manner, or vice versa. Being organized is great, but arranging your home in a manner that is too organized gives off the wrong vibe.
For more design tips, check out Introduction to Farmhouse Decor
Do you ever wonder about different design styles? Like, how they came about and what their key features are?
Maybe you haven't thought about it, but want to spruce up your home with a different look and you need some inspiration?
Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines' hit show Fixer Upper, I've been curious. I mean, who hasn't, right? Their design styles were so different and rustic than what I was used to, but also modern and elegant. So, I started researching the Farmhouse style and what it is actually about.
Classic farmhouse is cozy without being cluttered. It's similar to country style, but while country tends to lean a little towards "showy" and sometimes "overdone", farmhouse design is more about simplicity while maintaining a certain level of sophistication. So, for a classic farmhouse look, minimize and don't over do it with your decor accents.
Farmhouse style is often associated with the refreshing simplicity of the Midwest, but your geographic location doesn't have to limit your love for this trending look. It's all about combining different elements together without overdoing it. Wide plank floors, big, comfortable furniture, farmhouse patterns, cozy throws and pillows, wrought iron and cast iron design elements... all key parts of achieving the perfect Farmhouse look in your home.
Farmhouse interior design is the perfect balance of old and new, blending rustic simplicity with modern sophistication for a cozy feel. Check out the sun room in the picture above. Not overly farmhouse, but subtle touches of the design style. Introducing different fabrics and textures, rustic wood elements, even a touch of faux taxidermy, created the perfect farmhouse space.
Not sure how to create it? Take a look at some simple design tips below.
Choose the right colors
That's always the hardest part of designing your home, right? What colors should I choose? For a farmhouse look, your main colors should be lighter shades of neutrals and pastels. Simple. You want to layer that with more earthy colors to capture the traditional farmhouse feel. Then introduce more natural looking color with flowers, throw blankets, pillows, and accents. This keeps the space feeling clean and fresh.
The Key to Farmhouse is Wood
Look for weathered, barn, or reclaimed wood to capture the rustic feel of farmhouse design. Mix and match woods to create a space that feels like it’s been carefully put together over time. Maybe add a rustic wood ladder to hang your favorite throw. And Shiplap! Who doesn't love shiplap! Adding shiplap, even a small amount, to a focal wall can make all the difference when trying to capture the farmhouse feel in your home. I know what you're thinking? How do I balance all that wood with other elements? ...
Tying it all in with the right accents
Distressed metal, concrete, or white subway tile adds a touch of industrial flair, while fabrics like linen, cotton and jute contribute to the simple vibe of farmhouse spaces.
Remember, Farmhouse decorating is all about relaxed and comfortable patterns including stripes and florals, plus touches you’d see down on the farm (yes, I said it..farm!) so think birds, gingham, maybe a faux deer skull or faux cow skull, vintage signs, or rustic metal arrow decor, to add an accent to your wall.
As you can see here, @blessonbluefinch captured the perfect farmhouse look in her kitchen with a rustic wood piece to display her beautiful dishes and books and that fabulous antique clock! She incorporated florals and gingham patterns in a subtle way while keeping her wall color soft and neutral.The wood sign is the perfect touch and the longhorn cow skull adds an extra POP to her wall! And don't you just love the old mailbox she used to hang her coffee mugs?! What a great idea!
Set the tone for your space with eye-catching, modern light fixtures, or exposed bulbs with an industrial feel. Take a trip to your local flea market or visit yard sales to find antique items and modern accents to keep your space feeling homey and comfortable. You might be surprised at what you find!
Small-space decorating can be a challenge, but we can help you make the most of the square footage you have. Learn how to maximize and decorate small spaces with these tips.
Keep the Floor Clear
You need space for the essentials, but even the most perfectly decorated small space doesn’t work if you can’t walk in it. Try floating shelves and nightstands, to keep the floor clear and create space for extra storage beneath if needed. Opt for sconces and wall lights rather than floor lamps.
Go for Folding Pieces
Yeah, sure, you need a desk and a dining table... but do you need them 24/7? You’ll free up floor space and avoid the clutter that gathers on them if you choose a folding desk or table. If you have a one-wall kitchen, folding doors can conceal clutter when not in use.
Focus on Lighting
Small spaces can often end up seeming dark due to lack of windows. Make up for the lack of natural light by adding plenty of light sources in every room, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Combine ceiling fixtures—either a pretty pendant or elegant flush mount, depending on your ceiling height—with sconces or table lamps for a cozy and bright atmosphere.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
If you’re not blessed with an abundance of natural light, mirrors can help reflect the light you do have around the room creating the illusion of a larger space. Try lining a wall with a large mirror or creating a gallery wall of different sizes and shapes.
Choose the Right Rug
A rug is the one item you definitely don’t want to skimp on as far as size goes. A rug that it too small will make the feel equally small. Choose a rug that’s large enough so most of the furniture will sit on it.
Keep It Cohesive
There are only so many things to look at in a small space, so make sure they all fit. Stick to a limited color palette, whether it’s light and airy or dark and dramatic.
Find Functional Pieces
Make the most of your space by choosing furniture that also doubles as storage. Opt for a bed with built-in drawers or benches and ottomans with space to store away extra blankets or sweaters. A daybed can serve as both a sofa and a guest bed.
No need for Miniature Furniture - Size it up!
There’s no need to use pint-size furniture and decor in a small space. You can use regular-size furniture and large-scale art; you’ll just need to use fewer pieces in the room overall. Be sure to choose a few eye catching statement pieces.
Some decor items for your small space design!