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COAST MEETS COUNTRY The modern farmhouse trend combines old-school charm with contemporary elements for cozy yet chic designs .
BY TANYA A . YACINA / COURTESY OF NEWPORT BEACH MAGAZINE
One of the biggest home design trends in the country as of late is the modern farmhouse style , and it ’ s picking up traction in Southern California as well . Modern farmhouse homes are heavily influenced by both rustic , country charm and minimalist , Scandinavian composition . This , combined with Southern California ’ s iconic coastal elements , makes for interior designs that are simultaneously on-trend and timeless .
The modern farmhouse aesthetic often utilizes well-balanced , “ highand-low ” elements , such as high-end furniture paired with second-hand decor pieces . Other essential details include the use of natural lighting , materials like wood or natural fibers , industrial fixtures , durable finishes , mixed textures and neutral colors .
When creating a modern farmhouse environment in a new home that ’ s being built from the ground up , Anne Michaelsen Yahn , principal
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The modern farmhouse home design trend — which features lots of wood elements and natural lighting — brings country vibes to the coast .
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“ It ’ s very important that we create authentic and appraopriate architectural styles , instead of just sticking farmhouse elements onto a house that doesn ’ t make sense ,” Michaelsen Yahn says .
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To achieve a modern farmhouse ambiance , she suggests utilizing midtone neutrals with black and white accents . Shiplap , natural wood paneling and reclaimed beams can be used as mantles and shelving , while clean millwork can be used for molding , door trimming and paneling . Additionally , she points to long , wide plank wood flooring with some distressing , as well as neutral-colored walls in cream or taupe contrasted with black hardware .
“ For a clean , fresh take on modern farmhouse , keep furniture comfortable with clean lines , simple silhouettes and textured fabric ,” Michaelsen Yahn says . “ For case goods [ such as cabinetry , tables , desks , etc .], stick to medium to light woods and throw in some metal and matte lacquered accents .”
And though they do add to the visual experience , Michaelsen Yahn suggests not overdoing farmhouse accents ( unless you actually live on a farm ) and to avoid overly cliche elements like farmhouse signs — it doesn ’ t need to literally say “ farmhouse ” in order to fit the aesthetic .
“ Pick and choose elements that are appropriate for the overall architectural style of the home ,” she explains . “ For example , don ’ t shiplap every wall in your house or overdo reclaimed plank walls . Don ’ t install reclaimed wood siding everywhere — this will look dated very quickly .”
One of the most important pieces of advice that she shares is to stay true to your environment and the architecture of your home . So , if you live in Newport Beach and like this style , a modern farmhouse vibe with a coastal twist is the best way to go . “ Modern farmhouse elements blend beautifully with traditional … nautical architecture and decor , if done correctly ,” Michaelsen Yahn says .