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Styling a Modern Farmhouse Dining Room – Ideas & Tips

Modern farmhouse style is a stunning blend of rustic, natural, earthy elements, and sleek modernity typified by sharp lines and chic accents. If the idea of creating a dining room that’s equal parts bucolic barn and luxury penthouse apartment piques your fancy, then modern farmhouse should be your top aesthetic choice.

From the very basics, to picking a dining table and chairs, all the way through to decor, we’ve made it easy to bring modern farmhouse style to life in your dining room – here are 13 tips to help inspire your next big design project.

Start with a fresh, light canvas

Modern farmhouse design always begins with a neutral, bright and airy palette to bounce those deeper, earthier tones off. This prevents the space from feeling too heavy or one-note with lots of wooden textures and hues. If you can, consider repainting your space a warm, inviting white, and remove any barriers, such as heavy blinds, that are preventing natural light from filtering in. For those in rentals, play up the beauty of the outdoors by keeping shades or shutters open and adding white elements to brighten up the space, such as a light-toned area rug.

Bring the outside in

A real modern farmhouse house will be surrounded by rugged, natural beauty, so even if you’re in an inner-city apartment, it’s important to channel this vibe throughout your dining room and beyond for an authentic look. Take inspiration from nature and reflect it back into the room through your colour scheme, which should consist predominantly of very minimal, neutral tones. Use white as your base, and varying shades of brown for those big, key furniture pieces. Then, accent with black, olive green, cream, and even a bit of gold or brass if you love a glam look.

A mixture of timbers and earthy textures nail the farmhouse look with our Shamal Dining Table and Harvey Set of 2 Dining Chairs
A mixture of timbers and earthy textures nail the farmhouse look with our Shamal Dining Table and Harvey Set of 2 Dining Chairs
A mixture of timbers and earthy textures nail the farmhouse look with our Shamal Dining Table and Harvey Set of 2 Dining Chairs
A mixture of timbers and earthy textures nail the farmhouse look with our Shamal Dining Table and Harvey Set of 2 Dining Chairs

Opt for earthy materials

To create that raw, natural and pared-back look in your modern farmhouse dining room, you’ll want to use a variety of materials derived from nature, including a mixture of timbers. Unfinished materials create texture and give off that rustic look that’s so central to the modern farmhouse aesthetic, so be sure to use these in abundance, especially for big ticket items like your dining table. Then, juxtapose these rougher pieces with sleek, finished wood for smaller accents like the dining room chairs or any side tables.

Mix natural and modern furniture

Infuse the farmhouse style with 21st century modernity by mixing and matching your pieces. While a big, rustic dining table is quite central to a modern farmhouse interior, this can be offset with furniture items that have a sleeker and sharper point of view.Modern contemporary style is all about clean lines, fuss-free silhouettes, luxe materials and an achromatic colour palette, but the way you interpret this alongside farmhouse style is really up to you. We love accenting the dining room with lots of matte black accessories, including dining chairs, decor and lampshades, for a modern twist on this timeless look.

Find a rustic dining table

Your dining room table and chairs are the centrepiece of this essential room, which means they should truly embody your style, bringing it to life in a way that’s uniquely you. A staple of this aesthetic is the modern farmhouse dining table, which generally has a rustic flair, with natural wood and an unfinished or even rough-hewn surface. If this sounds up your alley, the Shamal Dining Table is an ideal pick.

Don’t feel like you have to lean too far into the rustic trend, though – it’s still possible to create an unequivocally farmhouse look with something a little more polished, as long as it has key elements such as the colour and size down-pat. For modern farmhouse with a cleaner edge, try the Aslan Dining Table.

Pair with eye-catching dining chairs

Against a raw, rustic table, your dining chairs are the perfect opportunity to establish a little contrast. To incorporate a modern element, opt for black wooden or metal chairs. If you’re all about what’s trending, a black timber dining chair with a natural rattan back would look stunning in a farmhouse dining room – the Lima Rattan Dining Chairs hit the nail on the head. The London Dining Chairsare also a favourite, and really embody modern farmhouse style, with a traditional spindle back juxtaposed with the sleek black hue.

Upholstered chairs: comfortable and chic
Upholstered chairs: comfortable and chic
Upholstered chairs: comfortable and chic
Upholstered chairs: comfortable and chic

Try an upholstered alternative

Some of us spend lots of time at the dining table, not just eating meals, but doing homework, playing board games, dialling into Zoom calls – the list is never-ending. So, an alternative to ultra-contemporary black wooden chairs is something upholstered, comfortable and chic like the Espen Dining Chairs. The soft cream upholstery and wooden legs give off quite a traditional vibe, but that ties in well with the classic side of farmhouse style – we can easily picture this beautiful chair in a real-life farmhouse home.

Incorporate lots of texture

With your dining table and chairs sorted, you’ve locked in the core elements of the room. Now, it’s time to start decorating and adding other furniture pieces spanning both the practical and the pretty. If you’re looking for dining room ideas that fit with the modern farmhouse aesthetic, our top tip is to add lots of texture to breathe life into the space. The way you achieve this is up to you to decide, but one material that jibes really well with farmhouse style is rattan. Natural and a little rustic, rattan is having a very extended moment, so you’ll find lots of options are at your disposal. Add function and form to your dining room with the Caledonia Rattan Bar Cabinet, or stay on top of the trends (and give your guests something to drool over) with the gorgeous Yves Bench.

Add storage as necessary

If you’re considering the farmhouse look, chances are you have a fair bit of space to work with that’ll accommodate large pieces such as your rustic dining table. But, no matter the size of your dining room, storage is always a must – the perfect place to tuck away cutlery, crockery and linens, or just to stash anything you want to keep out of sight day to day. A sideboard or buffet will never go astray in the dining room, and presents another surface to style up with your fave decor pieces. To keep the rustic, pared-back theme going, the Martin Large Sideboard is a must.

Accent with soft, flowy curtains

By now, you know that modern farmhouse style is all about gentle juxtaposition, pairing raw wooden materials with chic, sleek black accents, and in turn, soft furnishings in whites and creams. Make this final step a breeze (quite literally) with beautiful, flowy curtains in a sheer fabric. They’ll give you some protection from the sun or prying eyes outside without blocking out all of the light, ideal for keeping the space airy.

A natural rug in an eye-catching & textured material is perfect for a farmhouse aesthetic
A natural rug in an eye-catching & textured material is perfect for a farmhouse aesthetic
A natural rug in an eye-catching & textured material is perfect for a farmhouse aesthetic
A natural rug in an eye-catching & textured material is perfect for a farmhouse aesthetic

Include a natural rug

One piece of modern farmhouse decor that can’t be overlooked is a quality rug. This is yet another way to reflect your unique, personal interior style as it relates to the farmhouse look, so don’t purchase the first rug you see – find a piece that speaks to you and suits all of your needs. If you’re stuck for ideas, though, a natural rug in an eye-catching, textured material will always look stunning in a farmhouse dining room, placed under the dining table and chairs. The Staten Natural Jute Wool Rug is a must-have for so many styles, but in particular, is the perfect accent to a modern yet rustic home.

Guarantee good lighting

The right lighting is a non-negotiable element of farmhouse style. While natural light will play a huge role, it’s also crucial to establish a stunning lightscape for night time, and as a backup on those grey, cloudy days. Make a stylistic choice with lighting that reflects the tenets of the modern farmhouse look, such as a matte black floor lamp, or a table lamp with a woven rattan base. The Leo Arc Floor Lamp and Table Lamp are super sleek and would make a fantastic addition to a dining room in this style, in the corner of the room or perched atop a sideboard.

Finish with greenery

The final tip in our playbook is to use plants as a decor choice. Because modern farmhouse style takes so much inspiration from nature, plants are an absolute must, and also work to liven up the space with a pop of bright colour. Place your favourite plants and blooms around the dining room, using free surfaces like the sideboard and the centre of the dining table for smaller pots, and strategically placing a large pot plant or two in the corners of the room. Tall, leafy plants like fiddle leaf figs, monsteras and rubber plants will suit this space perfectly.

Modern farmhouse style is a stunning design choice whether you live on sprawling acreage or in a small house or apartment, so why not give it a shot in your dining room? Prioritise rustic, raw and natural timber, and juxtapose this with flowy white material and sharp black accents for a failsafe modern farmhouse look. Shop modern farmhouse dining room furniture at Brosa now, and check out with 21-day returns and Australia-wide shipping.