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

Depending on who you ask, modern farmhouse as a design style is either on the way out or firmly rooted. 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 Interiors)

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 design 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
Find more white house exterior inspiration HERE
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

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!

I mean, I wouldn’t look at this gorgeous bath designed by Sherry Hart 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 decor 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

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

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

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

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

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

Whimsy & Handsome Classicism

Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse bath by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #bathroomdesign
Timeless, traditional, and classic, this black and white modern farmhouse entry by Edward Deegan feels approachable yet luxurious. #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #blackandwhite #entry
White and black modern farmhouse exterior with black doors and black windows - Edward Deegan Architects. #modernfarmhouse #blackandwhite #houseexteriors #housedesign

Tour a Modern Farmhouse New Build in Oregon

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.
Black and White Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas for Simplicity as well as Inspiration
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.
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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

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)

Black and White Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern farmhouse style often relies 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.
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Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.
Magnolia Silos in Waco - Hello Lovely Studio. Come be inspired by American Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Magnolia Silos.
Scenes around the Silos, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, and Waco Texas in Fixer Upper Land - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Black & White Decor Inspired by the Silos

Stacking Patio Dining Chair
French Bistro Chair: FIND HERE 
French Industrial White Marble Top Round Bistro Table ($960) ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring home, furniture, tables, dining tables, cast iron bistro table, cafe furniture, white marble dining table, white marble table and cafe table
Industrial Bistro Table FIND HERE

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 #patio
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

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

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

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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12 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

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