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Vintage Farmhouse Style – 5 Ways to Add Rustic Elegance to Your Home

Dan Treul for InteriorCrowd
by Dan Treul for InteriorCrowd
September 24, 2015

Written by Dan Treul for InteriorCrowd

Who said the agrarian lifestyle is on its way out? It’s not, especially when it comes to modern interior design. Rustic farmhouse style — sometimes called American Gothic — is striking in its simplicity, and a wide variety of vintage reproductions and reclaimed pieces are making this style easier and more affordable than ever.

Want to transform your home into a nostalgic country escape? Here are 5 tips for adding rustic elegance to your kitchen, bedrooms and living spaces.

1. Reclaimed Doors

Tuscan Villa Barn Door | Wayfair
Tuscan Villa Barn Door | Wayfair

If there’s one thing more popular than subway tile on HGTV, it’s refinished barn doors. And for good reason. These eclectic pieces aren’t just creative entryways. When properly finished, they add a sophisticated yet rustic touch to any home. For that true farmhouse feel, try a weathered finish in light grey or white.

Vintage barn doors combine modern functionality with rustic elegance. This barn door from Wayfair features an aged oak stain, but you can easily refinish doors to match the style of your home.

2. Crates and Barrels

Wood Panel Crates | Dot and Bo
Wood Panel Crates | Dot and Bo

Crate & Barrel had it right: the vintage storage pieces are the perfect blend of form and function. Bring some rustic elegance into your home by repurposing an old barrel. Adding a tabletop makes this piece the perfect place to set a glass of wine. Or, for a more subtle nod to rustic Americana, stow decorative throws in a collection of wooden crates.

Check out these vintage farmhouse crates from Dot & Bo.

3. Apron Front Sinks

Randolph Morris Farmhouse Sink | VintageTub
Randolph Morris Farmhouse Sink | VintageTub

Step back in time with a cast iron, copper or fireclay apron front kitchen sink. These vintage pieces, designed for both utility and ergonomics, will add a farmhouse flair to any country kitchen. Farmhouse sinks are available in a wide variety of colors to coordinate with your cabinetry and countertops. Find these rustic pieces at specialty retailers like Vintage Tub & Bath or even Home Depot.

This beautiful fireclay apron front sink from Vintage Tub & Bath adds a timeless country warmth to any kitchen. Farmhouse sinks were originally designed to provide more internal basin space, as well as eliminate the need to reach over the counter to wash dishes.

4. Freestanding Kitchen Pieces

Larkspur Kitchen Table | Williams-Sonoma
Larkspur Kitchen Table | Williams-Sonoma

Farmhouse kitchens are all about utility. And there’s no better way to take advantage of extra space with freestanding furniture like a beautiful Farmhouse China Cabinet from Wayfair. Looking for something a bit more sophisticated but still charmingly rustic? Try this gorgeous Larkspur Marble-Top Kitchen Island from Williams-Sonoma. When it comes to farmhouse interior design, remember: you can have your cake and eat it, too (even on marble). Colonial-style legs with elaborate turning give this freestanding island from Williams-Sonoma a rustic but thoroughly elegant charm.

5. Vintage Decor

1860s Map of Kentucky and Tennessee | One King's Lane
1860s Map of Kentucky and Tennessee | One King’s Lane

Add a touch of country nostalgia to your farmhouse-style home with authentic reproductions and fabulously affordable flea market finds. Throwback farming implements like spades, rakes and pitchforks give your walls a farmhouse flair, while smaller knick-knacks, like these Antique Green and Amber Bottles from One Kings Lane, are perfect for end tables and wall-mounted shelving.

Old maps, like this vintage reproduction from One Kings Lane, are natural conversation-starters and bring a nostalgic flair into any farmhouse interior.

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