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3 Key Tips for a Farmhouse Style Living Room

It’s Friddddaaayyyyy! High five my friends, we made it through the week. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long one around here and Can you believe it’s the last weekend of September? How did that even happen, it feels like the month just started. Complete malarky if you ask me, time is going way too fast for my liking–but that’s what I always say. Ok, enough rambling, let’s get on with the post. Today I’m sharing 3 key tips for a farmhouse style living room!

3 Key Tips for a Farmhouse Style Living Room

Now before I get into my tips, let me just say that it doesn’t have to break the bank or cost a fortune to create a space that you love in your living room. But it is about choosing pieces with intention and purpose. I know it isn’t always easy, especially when you’re on a budget and money is tight, but being purposeful and strategic about what you bring into your home will greatly pay off in the long run. You’ll spend less money on things you don’t really love and instead focus your attention on carefully curating a space that is 100% you. Ok, now let’s get onto my 3 key tips for a farmhouse style living room:

3 tips to consider in your living room design:

  1. I always think of the living room as being made up of three main parts: a large sofa and two accent chairs. Obviously this depends on how much space you have to work with, but I think this basic design works really well for most living rooms and it creates a nice balance. In the past I always tried to put a full size sofa and loveseat in our living room, which usually felt like way too much–unless of course you have a really large room to work with. So what I recommend is to start with this basic concept of three and build the rest of the design from there.
  2. Choose curtains and an area rug that are neutral. This will give you flexibility and the freedom to blend in other colors with accessories like throw pillows. Doing this will allow you to play with color as you like, but won’t commit you to it like bright blue curtains will. (Kinda that time I bought an orange area rug and red curtains. Yep, you can see it here in our old living room. I’ll warn you now, it ain’t pretty.)
  3. If you’re going for a soft, farmhouse look I’d recommend keeping your accent pieces within the same color scheme. For the look I created below I went with simple wood accents, like the lamps, to match the wood on the side chairs. And of course a few pops of galvanized metal as well. Also don’t forget to add in greenery to liven the room up a bit, you can’t go wrong with those little faux plants I have on the coffee table–they are my absolute favorite. Doing this will help everything blend together and the colors compliment each other, which creates a welcoming and peaceful vibe in the room.

Now that we’ve got the tips out of the way, let me show you a living room design I’ve created using these simple guidelines:

3 Key Tips for a Farmhouse Style Living Room


Mcconville Sofa Safavieh Area Rug White Ruffle Curtain Lilya Accent Chair Taylor Side Tables Taylor Coffee Table Galvanized Metal Tray Potted Plant Olive Bucket Wooden Lamp

It was so fun to put this together and I hope it gave you some ideas for your own living room. Like I said earlier, I’ve made the transition myself from having a home filled with random, mismatched pieces to now choosing items with purpose–which is especially important for your living room furniture. It’s a bit of a process, but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

Thanks so much for dropping by today! I’d love to chat in the comments below if you have any questions.

Also be sure to stop by my complete farmhouse style shopping guide:

Complete Farmhouse Style Shopping Guide

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  • Marilyn Soto
    September 30, 2016

    I just love your post- I have found myself reading all of my other emails before yours so I can save the “best” for last , that way I can get those out of the way before reading yours and browsing your old post while enjoying my morning coffee without interruption .

    Thanks for sharing your home , your great ideas and your heart with us.

    • Sarah
      > Marilyn Soto
      September 30, 2016

      Marilyn, that means so much to me! I’m so happy you enjoy it and can come here for a bit of relaxation and fun–that’s all I ever want. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • Doreen Sulfaro
    October 1, 2016

    I totally agree with Marilyn. I look forward to reading your blogs and seeing your ideas. Love seeing that 3:42am post time knowing here it is my Daily Read. Your ideas are superb and your taste impeccable. I love following your ideas. Thank you!!!

    • Sarah
      > Doreen Sulfaro
      October 1, 2016

      I can’t tell you how much that means to me Doreen! I am so happy to know you enjoy my blog so much and it motivates me to keep sharing. Thank you for being here, I appreciate it sooooo very much!

  • Diane
    October 5, 2016

    Hi Sarah! I have a lot of shabby Chic white!! But I also love the vintage farm look!! How can I work with it without having to get rid of my shabby deco ?

    • Sarah
      > Diane
      October 6, 2016

      Hi Diane! I think the two can mesh together really well. I’d reach for a lot of galvanized metal and vintage pieces to pair up with your shabby white decor. And maybe some rustic wood features as well. It’s hard to say without seeing your decor, but that’s where I’d start!

  • Brandy
    February 16, 2018

    I have ALWAYS wanted to do farmhouse decor! I find myself scouring blogs and saving tons of ideas on Pinterest. It wasn’t until recently when we started shopping for a home on property that I thought this dream would become reality. Unfortunately the house on the property we are buying is NOT farmhouse style. I’m wondering if there is a way I can incorporate the large round colomns in the entry and the enclosed koi pond in the middle of the main living areas into farmhouse? I would be happy to share photos if there is a way to do so. LOVE your ideas and style!

  • Monica Martinez Petitjean
    March 27, 2021

    Absolutely the style design I am looking for.