Farmhouse style has been an extremely popular trend in interior design for quite some time. This popularity is not surprising because it’s casual, warm, family-friendly, and elegant in its simplicity. It generally has a neutral palette that blends well with other styles such as traditional or industrial. And in this high tech, high-intensity world we live in, it harkens back to a less complicated time which allows people to create a feeling of calm and serenity in their homes.
While I appreciate many of the elements of farmhouse style, I tend to prefer more color in my decor. A lot of the farmhouse interiors I have seen online, in magazines, and on design shows like “Fixer Upper” feature mostly monochromatic gray, cream, or beige palettes which offer little contrast or pattern. I am not knocking this aesthetic; it is easy to see the appeal of such a soothing and tranquil design; I just personally enjoy a more colorful environment.
Because of this color bias, I was surprised and delighted by the elegant and colorful farmhouse style I observed on a short getaway I recently took to the Inn At Half Mile Farm in the Western mountains of North Carolina. The way their designer blended fine antiques, more primitive pieces, and most of all, colorful rugs and fabrics to create a warm and lively farmhouse decor impressed me no end. I love the look so much that I might now be a farmhouse style convert.
The Farmhouse Decor
The common sitting room at the inn is a brightly-hued and lovely space to sip hot tea or cider and nibble on the complimentary cookies which are always available to guests. The floral pattern on the wing chairs and throw pillows blends well with the muted coral colored rug, and the kilim covered bench.
The oriental rugs scattered throughout the inn offer more punches of color and pattern to engage your eye.
This pair of over-sized black wrought iron sconces adds contrast and design to the shiplap covered wall at the end of the dining room. Color is also brought onto the wall in the dynamic painting of red chairs.
The Garden Room is pretty neutral, but it is accented with colorful artwork. It’s also packed with visually interest details like the pair of oversized candlesticks on the large farmhouse table that sits in the center of the room. The light-filled room features a vaulted ceiling and set of three amazing wooden chandeliers.
The decor of each of the beautiful guest rooms is unique, but the common denominator in most of them is the color provided by bold print fabrics and rugs. These accents create a perfect foil for the white walls, hardwood floors, and crisp white bedding.
The Cabins’ Decor
In addition to the guest rooms in the farmhouse, the property has three authentic 1800’s guest cabins. While these cabins have their own more rustic style, color and pattern are still essential elements in their design. This commitment to color is evident even from the outside of the buildings as the weathered wood exteriors are brightened up with touches of red trim.
The log and chinking walls in the interior of some of the cabins create a dynamic pattern on the walls.
The artful use of different black and white patterns such as the buffalo check on the pillows, the ticking on the curtains, the cow print and plaid rugs adds so much contrast and interest to the otherwise plain white walls of the cabin’s large master suite.
All of the pops of color, pattern and design detail in the decor of the Inn at Half Mile Farm create an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and a feast for the eye. It is a showcase for a colorful brand of farmhouse style that appeals to me and makes me want to return to the Inn again and again. (Although, I have to confess that the complimentary cookies might have something to do with it too!)
If you are interested in visiting the Inn At Half Mile Farm in Highlands, North Carolina, you may be interested in my post about what to do on a getaway to Highlands:
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