Harkening back to an era when life was less complicated, modern farmhouse style is, at its core, pure and simple. It uses natural elements in its design, common areas in its architecture, and above all, blends the outside with the inside thanks to its generous use of windows. Vertical elements like standing seam roofs and cedar siding evoke vintage barn structures while the use of contemporary materials elevates the overall look.
Modern farmhouses can have white, natural wood or chalky stone exteriors. They can be one structure, or several small and detached ones linked by breezeways or long sun-filled hallways. A key tenet is to present the architecture as asymmetrical, making the home appear to be comprised of various pieces. The center of the home is often a great open room, anchored by an unadorned hearth that acts to connect the kitchen to the living space.
This popular style can utilize steel, metal materials, and live edge woods as in its new iteration known as the industrial farmhouse. Or it can be a purely white modern farmhouse with neutral colors and rustic woods. Trim is typically minimal or non-existent, and windows are typically unadorned in both styles. It is through these clean sight lines and uncomplicated shapes that today’s farmhouses are defined.
According to Marco Vincent, Lead Architecture Consultant in the Marvin Design Lab, black interior double hung windows without simulated divided lites, or grids, are the most complementary selections for the farmhouse design. “Double hung windows can absolutely feel modern – counter to common opinions,” he said. Additionally, windows can be white or a light natural wood clad style to allow the warmth of a wood interior with a low maintenance exterior.
Casement style windows are also common and offer a pleasing view to the outside with the benefits of a larger opening that provides cross ventilation. But whatever style or color is chosen, it is important to adhere to symmetry. If grids are selected, beveled or ogee edges are discouraged. “Grids should be in a square profile with a clean cut,” Vincent said.