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Airy spaces and subtle splashes of hygge - the farmhouse trend is a perennial style favourite.

But that doesn’t have to mean turning your home into a barn - this comforting style can be customised to your home and tastes. Read on for our modern take on this trend, pairing clean finishes with a good balance of rustic and vintage influences.

Keep things neutral

Collage of wooden dining sets with assorted chairs.
Furniture Choice, Nina Hendrick

The farmhouse look works beautifully in the kitchen and dining room, easily evoking warmth and intimacy.

A key thing to consider here is the colour theme of your space. An overarching palette of cool neutrals and plenty of natural light will create an airy and welcoming look. These colours are far from plain - they serve as an excellent foundation for layering, which brings us to our next point.

Layer with different textures

Images of different dining rooms and tables.
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When in doubt, amp up the textures! We are big fans of this approach, and rightly so as they play a big role in adding softness and comfort to a space.

An easy way to incorporate texture to your dining room is with neutral fabric chairs that effortlessly play up the shabby chic look. You can also add cosiness in other ways, like introducing a soft rug or getting creative with fabrics with cotton or linen table runners and hand towels.

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1. H&M Large Jacquard-weave rug, 2. Truova Lisbon Grey Linen Apron, 3. Anorak Kissing Stags Tea Towel, 4. Furniture Choice Duke Fabric Button Back Chair in Oatmeal (Oak), 5. Furniture Choice Highbury Oak Extending Dining Table

Use natural materials

Collages of home decor and accessories.
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Have fun with this: organic, handmade decor such as ceramics and woven pieces have a wonderfully inviting, touchable quality, and add just a splash of rustic appeal without being too on-the-nose for this farmhouse theme.

Clay tableware, brass elements and even rattan baskets are fun additions to your home, while keeping the look modern and crisp. And as a quick pick-me-up, a couple of indoor plants are a simple and inexpensive way to add colour and charm.

Refresh and repurpose

Collage of practical home accessories.
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The beauty of adapting a rustic, natural style is that some things can be DIY-ed, saving you a trip to the store.

Draw inspiration from Scandi label Muuto’s iconic Dots, and fashion a series of hooks that add a fun pop to your entrance, and are also eminently practical. These circular, unobtrusive hooks will work in any room, but are especially apt by the hallway as a one-stop drop off (and pick up!) for bags and coats.

Or you don’t have to go so far as to DIY - think of this next tip as more of a life hack. An old ladder can be given a new purpose by either serving as a handy towel rack in the kitchen, or doubling as a decorative element with string lights for birthday parties, festive seasons - the list goes on!

If you’re looking to get a little more crafty, you can spruce up your ladder even further by revamping it into a mini wardrobe or a snazzy new shelf for your possessions.

And there you have it - a twist on the classic farmhouse look that we all know and love, with simple yet distinctive touches to make it contemporary and personal. It's a great way to add cosiness to a space, with chic results that'll leave an impression with family as well as your guests.

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1. Anthropologie Monogram Hook, 2. H&M Stoneware Jug, 3. Marks and Spencers Peony and Hydrangea arrangement in Jug, 4. LeJoli Large Natural Basket With Grey Pom Poms, 5. Rose & Grey Antique Galvanised Hook Rail

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