Black and White Modern Farmhouse Design: Timeless or Tired Now?

Depending on who you ask, modern farmhouse as a design style is almost entirely out of style for homeowners or firmly rooted. Let’s explore the topic and rustic charm of an eclectic mix of interiors and exteriors I hope you will PIN! What’s your take? Black and White Modern Farmhouse Design: Timeless or Tired Now?

Images (unless noted) courtesy of : Edward Deegan Architects & Interiors (Photography: Stoffer Photography)

Black and White Modern Farmhouse Design: Timeless or Tired Now?

Is Modern Farmhouse Still Trending?

My own opinion is influenced by what I see trending on Pinterest HERE, where searches for country farmhouse interiors and exteriors are only increasing.

There’s plenty of grey area since any style can be executed dreadfully, oui?

White and black modern farmhouse exterior with black front door and black windows - Edward Deegan Architects. #modernfarmhouse #blackandwhite #houseexteriors #housedesign
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Doesn’t the variation of white sidings on this new home create dimension and interest?

What I appreciate about country houses with their informality is the mix of materials (brick, wood sidings, batten siding, shiplap, stone, planks, metal roof) that can combine.

Stunning black and white Danish farmhouse exterior - Kaja Moller (photo: Frederica Furniture). #houseexteriors #Copenhagenhouse #blackandwhite #traditionalstyle #modernfarmhouse
Kaja Moller’s (Frederica Furniture) 1904 home near Copenhagen via EstLiving…in case you admire farmhouse exteriors and exterior design ideas.

Evolving Names for Country Design

And can we talk about how often “farmhouse” is now used as a synonym these days for “casual,” “unfussy,” or even “whimsical?”

Dramatic and whimsical, a black and white modern farmhouse powder bath in a magnificent home by Edward Deegan Architects sings! Notice the charming farm sink! #bathroomdesign #modernfarmhouse #blackandwhite #powderbath
You’ve GOT to love all the smiles tucked into this powder bath…PIN me!

I mean, I wouldn’t look at this gorgeous bathroom designed by Sherry Hart with texture and think “modern farmhouse” as much as “traditional with a funky fresh twist,” and yet it is likely to be pinned to plenty of modern farmhouse Pinterest boards.

Traditional bathroom design with a fresh twist: black and white bold graphic Schumacher 1889 wallpaper, custom console table style double vanity, round mirrors, and green hex floor tiles. Design by Sherry Hart. #blackandwhite #bathroomdesign #classicstyle #traditionalstyle
Interior design: Sherry Hart/Wallpaper: Schumacher 1889/Mirror: Pottery Barn

Let’s face it…country decorating is not going anywhere, yet doesn’t what we used to term “country” easily veer into “modern farmhouse” territory?

Simple spare and natural dining room with farm table and 24" artificial agave potted succulent- Hello Lovely Studio.
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Online Research Only Complicates the Matter!

While a major real estate site says the modern farmhouse trend is over, here in the heartland, businesses selling farmhouse wares are still booming.

Antiqued mirror (original was copper) is used on the back of a bar with shelves in an episode of HOME AGAIN - design by Leanne Ford; photo by Erin Kelly. #leanneford #antiquedmirror
Leanne Ford (from an episode of “Home Again”); photo: Erin Kelly

The NY Times sees modern farmhouse trends diversifying and evolving, and House Beautiful predicts farmhouse style will safely stay put. (Which would not please readers of Apartment Therapy who *no big surprise* want barn doors and shiplap to swiftly disappear.)

Lord knows everything under the sun falls in and out of favor so you may as well decorate to FEEL GOOD and to FEEL AUTHENTICALLY YOU and not the the avatar marketers predict you are. Right now, I personally want to feel ageless, open, optimistic, and resilient.

Luxurious modern rustic French chalet with gorgeous wood ceiling and wall - @whiteblancmange. #modernrustic #chalet #modernfrench #livingrooms #woodceiling
@WhiteBlancMange – isn’t this just the perfect spot for lounging in luxury?

Here’s a glorious project with traditional farmhouse architecture and design elements that have staying power.

Rustic Wood Ceiling in a Classic White Kitchen With Black Accents

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Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse kitchen by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #kitchendesign

Black accents on the counter stools and range hoods create high contrast.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse kitchen by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #kitchendesign

It can be unnerving to make the decision to paint windows black, but the effect can be stunning.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse kitchen by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #kitchendesign

Traditional Farmhouse With Freshened Modernity

When all of the furniture, decorations, and art is old or when everything’s new, the look can feel very off. Striking a balance is much easier if you enlist an interior designer.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse entry by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #entry
Modern style greets you right inside the front door in this entryway, and for a paint color idea to approximate it, try Sherwin Williams Snowbound or Extra White.

And should your designer recommend wallpapering a ceiling, it’s okay to think long and hard about it. But designers bring a boldness born from experience! The important thing is bringing patterns and prints and colors together that you love. I would adore looking up at this ceiling:

Wallpapered ceiling and black and white stripe rug anchor this eclectic dining room in a modern farmhouse by Edward Deegan Architects. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #diningroom #striperug #wallpaperedceiling

Subtle Nods to Farmhouse

Farmhouse style doesn’t have to be smack you in the face with kitschy barn lights and rustic signs, barn doors, open shelves, batten siding, or shiplap. Understated is beautiful in its fluidity. The vintage style tile in this bathroom feels classic and casual in a beautiful modern farmhouse.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse bath by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #bathroomdesign

Modern Lighting & Magnificent Architecture

If red is your favorite color, you may admire this casual bedroom:

Richly dramatic, this modern farmhouse bedroom with black and white has exceptional architectural interest, imagined by Edward Deegan. #modernfarmhouse #blackandwhite #bedroomdesign #interiordesign

Whimsy & Handsome Livability

Black and white tiled floors (especially checkered patterns!) are very popular right now, and it’s easy to imagine why.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse bath by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #bathroomdesign

You can introduce any color into the space with ease.

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse entry by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #entry

If you love a white farmhouse with shutters or painted brick home exteriors, this may appeal:

White and black modern farmhouse exterior with black doors and black windows - Edward Deegan Architects. #modernfarmhouse #blackandwhite #houseexteriors #housedesign

White sidings with black trim create drama and dimension.

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Magnolia’s Way With Black and White Modern Farmhouse

Farmhouse evangelist of shiplap revival, designer Joanna Gaines celebrates black and white boldly at the Silos.

When we visited Waco, the repetition was everywhere from the market to the bakery to Magnolia Table where we sneaked in to dine even before the official opening.

Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.
Isn’t the white painted brick exterior of Magnolia Bakery perfect with the natural wood on breakfast bar and stools?
Scenes around the Silos, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, and Waco Texas in Fixer Upper Land - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Bright White’s Surge in Popularity

While painting exterior trims black is hardly a new idea to emphasize architectural details, the contrast with bright white sort of is. Two hundred years ago, off-white was just beginning to become a color for house exteriors. In fact, the super whites we see today weren’t even options back then.

Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.
Hello Lovely Studio – in case you admire white sidings, shutters, farmhouse exteriors and white painted brick.

History of Painted Exteriors

Before the Industrial Revolution, paint was mixed in small batches from naturally found pigments in the earth such as red oxide or yellow ocher. White paint was reserved for trim.

Sweet mini black and white garden house - Schoolhouse.
Schoolhouse Electric – painted brick on home exteriors can be so charming and add instant age!

Modern Take on Black & White in a Kitchen

While it may be more commonplace to paint walls a crisp white and accent with black objects, here’s a tip from a favorite design professional:

“When the plan calls for an open pantry….don’t panic. Instead paint it black and add pretty things.” (Sherry Hart)

White pantry shelves contrast with black painted wall for a dramatic effect in a kitchen - design by Sherry Hart. #blackandwhite #pantry #blackwalls #interiordesign
Design: Sherry Hart

Black and White Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern farmhouse style and a classic white farmhouse will often rely on the modernity of black and white mixed with nostalgic, traditional, rustic, and natural elements.

The dining area with wood decking, above, is an example of getting the harmony right.

Scenes around the Silos, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, and Waco Texas in Fixer Upper Land - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – isn’t the tile fabulous?

So much country charm!

Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.
In case you love white sidings, greenery in window boxes, and bistro style seating.

Parisian style bistro chairs may suggest something other than farmhouse or modernity, yet they are right at home in modern environments as well as Old World ones.

Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.

The mix of textures within the restrained color palette keep it all very fresh and modern.

Scenes around the Silos, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, and Waco Texas in Fixer Upper Land - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Black & White Decorations & Furniture Inspired by the Silos

Stacking Patio Dining Chair
French Bistro Chair: FIND HERE…find ideas for a white farmhouse with clean lines, a modern look, and striking contrast.

Black & White Stripes

On the open turf area outside of Magnolia market where families kick around soccer balls and weary shoppers take a break, the area is lined with these outdoor black and white stripe beanbag lounge chairs:

Indoor/Outdoor Vertical Stripe Bean Bag Chair Lounger #BeanBagChair #stripes #loungerchair
Stripe Beanbag Lounger Chair FIND HERE

Graphic Word Art

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:11 Art Print. #scripture #psalm16 #bible
Psalm 16:11 Art Print: FIND HERE
Psalm 16:11 Art Print: KEEP ME SAFE, MY GOD, FOR IN YOU i TAKE REFUGE. #scripture #psalm #biblequote #psalm16
Keep Me Safe Art Print: FIND HERE…find ideas for a white farmhouse with clean lines and country charm.

Tiles With Black & White

Black and white tile is so chic, and here are some examples I love.

This encaustic tile is a winner!

Medina 8" x 8" Cement Tile in Black and White
Cement Tile: FIND HERE
Moroccan Pouf, Black and White - Accessories #leatherottoman #leatherpouf
Moroccan Pouf: FIND HERE…in case you love a white farmhouse and touches of black.

Care to add just a touch of black to your white kitchen?

Black With White Stripes Turkish Towel
Black with White Stripes Turkish Towel FIND HERE
"Matthew 7:14" - Art Print by aticnomar in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes.#scripture #quoteprint
Matthew 7:14 Art Print: FIND HERE

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-michele

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15 Comments

  1. February 14, 2020 / 11:16 am

    Great eye candy today Michele! Just the perfect mix of farmhouse, rustic and modern topped off with those awesome oriental rugs. Happy Valentines Day!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 14, 2020 / 3:50 pm

      The rugs truly do make a difference – and I wonder if folks realize how the older ones work so well in a new build. Thank you for reading, Holly – enjoy your LOVE DAY!

  2. Mumbai
    February 15, 2020 / 10:04 am

    as to me it’s far away from a real farmhouse style

    • Judy Solloway
      August 16, 2020 / 10:35 am

      I agree. This is far from farmhouse.

      • Michele
        Author
        August 16, 2020 / 8:49 pm

        Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

  3. Deb Wostmann
    February 19, 2021 / 8:36 am

    I always enjoy the photos you post on your page. I believe, like you, that we should decorate for our own personal style and what makes us feel like our house is our home.

    Farmhouse style has been around for ever so it isn’t going anywhere; although it has been refined over the years and there are so many personal takes on this style. Black and white is always a classic no matter what style decor.
    Just my two cents worth.

    Thank you again for a timely post.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 19, 2021 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you for sharing your perspective and enriching the discussion of what has freshened ‘farmhouse.’ Without those personal strokes, it’s just a showroom, and when we are confident enough to weave in the objects that make our hearts sing, the design truly comes to life. Thanks so much for reading, friend.

  4. Robin Ekblad
    February 19, 2021 / 10:49 am

    I love these images. I think farmhouse is here to stay, but it continues to evolve. I think it’s a much less cluttered look than in the past, with a more modern, streamlined look and ageless design. All the images you shared today are most definitely farmhouse or farmhouse influenced. I guess the bottom line is what speaks to us as individuals and makes us happy? Aren’t we lucky that we can each define farmhouse in any way we want? πŸ˜‰ thank you for your great post today and the beautiful images. Happy Weekend!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 19, 2021 / 2:52 pm

      You’re so right – the fact that the boundaries are blurring is a sign of how we are also evolving and open to the synthesis of a variety of influences. Thank you for your insight and wisdom. Bon weekend, friend. πŸ™‚

  5. Rebekah
    February 19, 2021 / 11:50 am

    Always beautiful…always appreciate your unique perspective on life.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 19, 2021 / 2:49 pm

      I appreciate you taking the time to add to the beauty here – such a pleasure to share imperfectly here. xox

  6. James
    February 11, 2022 / 6:47 pm

    Can anyone tell me where the navy blue/light blue powder room wallpaper is from?

  7. Painting Contractor
    May 26, 2022 / 2:01 am

    Pretty! That sounds like a very interesting idea. So creative, beautiful, and so right for the space. Thanks for sharing your lovely farmhouse.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 26, 2022 / 4:55 pm

      it’s not mine but thanks for reading.

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