In 2018, Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines (aka the queen of design and decor) dazzled viewers with open floor plans, shiplap shelving and modern farmhouse wares. Now, as decor trends deviate from labeled cookie jars and livestock art to boucle throws and vintage table lamps, TikTok’s verdict is in: modern farmhouse decor is completely overdone in 2021 (and when Gen-Z speaks, we listen). But you don’t have to wave goodbye to natural textures and simple comfort just yet. Instead, we’d like to introduce coastal farmhouse, an emerging trend that gives a refined and hand-crafted edge to the modern farmhouse aesthetic that we’ve come to know and love.
Is Modern Farmhouse Over? Sorta...Here’s What’s Next
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But wait, why would anyone ever play around with Gaines’ fan-favorite aesthetic? Well, firstly because it’s a sophisticated and highly versatile design style. But it also totally makes sense for the times we’re living in. Barbara Karp, President and CEO of DecoratorsBest, told Forbes: “The Coastal Look is the new farmhouse trend. Natural, organic elements of coastal living like seagrass, soft blues, smooth rocks, and aged wood can easily apply it to any decor and bring a sensory experience to the home. At the end of a day working at home, people want to unwind in a luxury-feeling space. Bringing in a vacation vibe to your home gives it a new dimension from basic living to a get-away look and feel.”
After what feels like an eternity of being house-bound, it only makes sense that we’re looking to change up our decor by bringing the outside in and adding some vacation vibes into our homes. And the good news is that revamping your modern farmhouse really isn’t a huge undertaking. “Farmhouse style is a classic look that serves as a foundation for many other trends,” says Shelby Coleman, creative director and designer of Farmhouse Living. Coleman tells us that “mixing styles adds interest and a more personal touch. The blend of farmhouse with coastal, mid-century modern, cottage or any other style, is easy and fun.”
Interested in giving your modern farmhouse look a makeover but not sure where to start? You’re in luck. Wayfair just announced Sand & Stable, an exclusive brand that features artisan pieces in earthy, coastal hues that were designed to be mixed and matched for a more curated look. Our favorite part is that most decor items are finished in natural wood grains, creamy whites, brushed brass and soft finishes so everything can be seamlessly blended into an existing modern farmhouse aesthetic. The line screams coastal farmhouse, and all we have to say is *chefs kiss*.