Transitioning to Farmhouse Style: Complete Shopping Guide

Today I’m sooooo excited to share with you a complete style guide I’ve put together for those of you that are transitioning to farmhouse decor. A few weeks back I wrote a post about how I personally transitioned to farmhouse style. I showed you photos of our old home, how I decorated, and what I’d do differently now. Today’s post takes it one step further by sharing my best recommendations for key items that truly have the biggest impact in your home: paint colors, area rugs, lamps, curtains, end tables, and of course I had to include a bit of decor. Changing out just a few key pieces can make a huge difference in your home’s overall feel and vibe, so I hope this post is helpful if you’re hoping to make a change in your style. I also did my best to keep everything very budget friendly and affordable. I’ve put hours and hours into this post, so I hope you find it helpful!

Transitioning to Farmhouse Style: A Complete Shopping Guide
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If you’re transitioning to farmhouse style, the easiest thing you can do to change the feel of any room is to simply change the paint color. Here are a few of the colors in our home as well as a few other recommendations that are great options.

The Perfect Farmhouse Paint Color

I get a ton of questions about this paint color on Instagram. Most of our home is done with Autumn Blonde by Sherwin Williams. I love, love, love this color. It compliments everything, but especially neutral colors–which are a big part of farmhouse decor. Get all the details, including the exact paint color numbers, on this page.

Farmhouse Style Paint Color

Our bathroom color is another one I get a lot of questions about. Smokestack by Behr is a great tan/greyish shade. See more photos of it on this post.

Merino Wool Sherwin Williams Paint Color

The paint color is our basement is another one by Sherwin Williams. I believe Merino Wool is an older color, but most SW stores should be able to mix it up for you.


The Best Neutral Paint Colors

Now that you have some paint colors in mind, let’s move on to those key pieces that will set the tone for your space. First up is rugs!

Affordable Farmhouse Style Area Rugs

Area rugs play a huuuuuuge role in setting the tone for your decor. I really can’t stress that enough. And if you read my post about how I transitioned to farmhouse decor, you’d probably agree. Remember the orange rug in our old living room? Yep, it was orange. And it wasn’t pretty. Choosing a more neutral toned rug is generally a better idea if you’re going for a farmhouse look. But keep in mind, rugs are more of an investment, although the 5 I’ve gathered here are well priced. As for size, I usually got for either a 5×7 or 8×10 for my area rugs.

1. Amherst Light Gray & Beige Rug

2. Reynolds Ivory & Silver Rug

3. Safavieh Beige & Ivory

4. Handmade Jute Rug

5. Antiqued Vintage Stone Rug

Budget Friendly Farmhouse Style Curtains

It’s amazing how the right curtains can transform a room and bring so much warmth and texture. All of these curtains here would blend really well with farmhouse style. Plus they’re all very affordable, so that’s a win!

1. Grey & White Striped

2. Trellis Pattern in Linen

3. White & Lace Ruffle

4. Nate Burkus Burlap

5. Oversized White Ruffle

6. Yellow Diamond

And of course you cannot go wrong with good ol’ drop cloth curtains. I have a several of these in our home and I love them. They’re cheap, easy, and gorgeous. Check out this post to see more.

Drop Cloth Curtain Farmhouse Style Guide

Farmhouse Style Sofas and Loveseats

I am seriously drooling over those sofas and loveseats. I can’t decide which one is my favorite, but I want them all. Don’t they all look like they belong in an episode of Fixer Upper? And the best part is they’re all very affordable–all of them except for one are under $1,000.

1. Baxton Studio Constanza French Sofa

2. Adele Sette Jute

3. Lily Loveseat

4. House of Hampton Sadbury Sofa

5. Lark Manor Versailles Tufted Sofa

6. Felicity Sleeper Sofa

Affordable Farmhouse Style Lamps

Since you can find a lamp in almost every room, I wanted to include them in this style guide. Choosing the right one can sometimes be tricky. Plus they can be really pricey, which doesn’t work if you’re on a budget like me. But fear not! I have collected 6 affordable lamps that will surely brighten any space. (Ha, see what I did there?)

1. Oversized Wooden Table Lamp

2. Burlap & Honeycomb Lamp

3. Toasted Almond Kenroy Lamp

4. Chicken Wire Lamp

5. Wooden Floor Lamp

6. Fillable Glass Lamp

Affordable Farmhouse Style End Tables

I have a secret obsession with end tables. They’re just so cute and miniature versions of dining tables. Whether it’s in your bedroom, living room, or office, any of these adorable end tables will set the vibe you’re looking for and blend perfectly with farmhouse decor.

1. Light Green Benson End Table

2. Round Distressed White Table with Drawer

3. Gettysburg End Table in White

4. Rustic Wood & Metal End Table

5. Farmhouse Style End Table


Few things say farmhouse style more than galvanized decor. Here are a few of my favorite finds:

1. Metal Clock

2. Galvanized Rope Tray

3. Galvanized Wall Pockets

4. Individual Metal Marquee Letters

5. Galvanized Olive Bucket

6. Galvanized Birch Lane Pitcher

Affordable Finds for the Modern Farmhouse

These awesome accent pieces are all very versatile and perfect for the modern farmhouse.

1. Distressed Wooden Bookends

2. Old Window Frame

3. Cotton Wreath

4. Vintage Inspired Scale

5. Bakery Sign

6. Rustic Birdcage Set

7. Be Healthy Drink Milk Cow

So there you have it! I hope this guide has inspired you and helped you realize that farmhouse style is actually very easy. Like I said earlier, it only takes a few key items to really start changing the style of your home. Maybe it’s swapping out red curtains for burlap, repainting a room, or trading a glass top end table for something more rustic, it only takes a few changes to make a big difference. But please keep in mind–I’m not an expert! These are just simply my recommendations and how I decorate our home today. Farmhouse style is known for it’s neutral colors, wood accents, and vintage appeal. The items I’ve shared today embody that vibe, but there are many variations out there, so always do what YOU love in your home. After all, that’s what really matters–loving the home you have and making it your happy place.

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  1. 8.19.16
    Lezlie said:

    This is awesome! I love all the great examples that you provided. I especially love that they don’t break the bank!

    • 8.19.16
      Sarah said:

      Yay! Thanks Lezlie, so happy you like my suggestions! I spent a long time looking for more affordable options.

  2. 8.19.16
    Ann said:

    Thank you so much for sharing all the farmhouse ideas and where to purchase them. I love everything you post. I’ve been looking for a rug like yours in your living room thanks for sharing where to find one. ????

  3. 8.19.16
    Marilyn Soto said:

    Love the Finds for the Modern farmhouse -thanks for including the links too.

  4. 8.19.16
    cindy capps said:

    Thanks soo much for sharing your ideas! I always look forward to reading your new posts!

  5. 8.20.16
    Erin said:

    This is so great! I was actually working on something similar for a post myself (but because I just started the transition in our home, from more of “wish list” angle!). 🙂
    Looks like I’m on the right track though – I have some of the things you call out above! 😉

    Thanks for putting this together!

    P.S. – I love the idea of curtains above our master bath tub! You’ve definitely inspired me! 🙂

    • 8.23.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Erin, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! xoxo

  6. 8.20.16

    great job! love all the farmhouse inspiration!

    kim xx

    • 8.20.16
      Sarah said:

      Glad you enjoyed it Kim!

  7. 8.22.16
    Doree Sulfaro said:

    Sarah, this was so helpful. Thanks for all the helpful tips. It really helps those of us transitioning to farmhouse style. I ordered the chair you have in your living room from AFW and the loveseat as well. Can’t wIt to put them in my living room. Thanks again, Doreen

    • 8.22.16
      Sarah said:

      That’s awesome, I’m so happy you ordered that chair from AFW! I’m sure you’ll love it. Email me a photo of it when you get it in your living room, I’d love to see it!

  8. 8.26.16
    Tammy said:

    Thank you so much for this! I’m searching for the perfect rug and I love the one you have in your living room. Where did you buy it and what is the name of it? Thanks so much. Tammy

    • 8.28.16
      Sarah said:

      I wish I knew what the name of the rug is Tammy. All I know is that it’s a Threshold brand and the size is 7×10. I have looked and looked on the Target website and it doesn’t look like they have the exact one anymore. I’m sorry!

  9. 8.27.16
    Linda said:

    LOVE the drop cloth curtains.I think I will copy that.