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Drawing upon the Traditional American Farmhouse for Your Living Room Decor

Choosing the right decorations for your living room can be a challenging task. Basing your decorations around a theme can help to facilitate the decorating process. A worthwhile theme to consider that draws upon images of the American dream and the nation’s rural beginnings is the American farmhouse. While this style may be popular, there are several ways in which you can make it your own.

The Colors of the American Farm

After our ancestors had settled on the American land, they began to build houses with colors that reflected those of the surrounding area. In turn, this design helped to make the house blend in with the surrounding environment, symbolically making the land their own. These pioneers drew upon several colors that you can use in your living room:

  • Soft yellow
  • Straw
  • Rust
  • Buttermilk
  • Gray
  • Dark green
  • Bam-red

When in doubt, you can always draw upon the traditional patriotic colors of red, white, and blue to show your pride for American farm life.


Furniture and Flooring Options

The first American farmers drew upon the materials they had around them when developing the furniture for their houses: natural wood. To create an authentic American farmhouse living room, remember to find seating, end table, and coffee table options that are made from authentic wood, preferably American-made!

Likewise, it could also be beneficial to install hardwood floors in your living room. The country look can be achieved by using either dark or light wood. For a truly authentic look, be sure to look for reclaimed and distressed wood materials.

When in doubt, a brick floor design will also serve your purposes well when looking to achieve the desired rustic look. Be sure to avoid shiny colors because life on the frontier was hard on our progenitors.

Similarly, using stone can also help to create an American farmhouse feel in your living room. These earthy materials serve as great building blocks for when designing your living room as the earthy material will compliment your other rural-inspired materials.

No matter what, make sure you’re not installing wall-to-wall carpeting. This is a modern style of protecting the floor that simply was not available to the first American farmers on the frontier. While choosing braided or jute rugs could add a nice touch to your rural living room, be sure to be as minimalistic as possible with your rug choices.

Showing Your American Pride: Patriotic Symbols

If you’re trying to determine the right decorations for your farmhouse-style living room, be sure to draw upon the signs and symbols of life on the American frontier. You may have to visit an antiques store to find many of these items.

A nice farm tool, such as a shovel or pitchfork, calls back to a time when American farmers used their hands to make all that they owned. Hanging these items close to your fireplace, a space within your house that partially requires you to use your hands to generate heat.


American farmers on the frontier spent most of their days outside working in the fields. Placing a piece of artwork of such a location can serve as a reference to the early, hard days of American life. Pictures or Portraits: Hang pictures of your family and friends all around your house. American farmhouses commonly featured family portraits and hanging images of you with your loved ones can help to create a more authentic farmhouse feel. If possible, use an image editing system to give your portraits a daguerreotype-like feel.

Classic clocks

While we may enjoy the benefits of digital clocks today, the early American used dials and moving hands to tell time.

Walls and Ceilings

When choosing the right materials for painting your walls and ceiling, be sure to avoid employing any flashy, shiny colors. Remember that the early American farmers did not live a flashy, exotic life. Instead, they worked in the fields and reaped what they sowed on a day-to-day basis.

To capture that look on your ceilings, consider these options:

  • Flat painting
  • Plank beams
  • Timber wood beams

For your walls, consider these options:

  • Flat paint walls
  • Soft white painting
  • Ceramic tiles

While creating an authentic American farmhouse look can be a very difficult process, you’ll be rewarded by the comments of adoration you’ll receive from your family and friends. All this style may be “old”, it remains a timeless option for your living room.

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