It’s no secret that Modern Farmhouse Style has swept the country. In addition to the actual architecture of the exterior and interior, the decor has become immensely popular. What’s great about modern farmhouse style is that it can be grand or small! Even if you don’t have a modern farmhouse home, you can easily incorporate many elements of this style in your house.

Key Characteristics of Modern Farmhouse Homes

But first, let’s talk about what makes it Farmhouse style. Here are the key characteristics of a Modern Farmhouse:


White Exterior – Most, not all, Modern Farmhouses are all white. Occasionally you will see some rustic touches of natural wood, such as the front door, shutters and the garage doors. But in general, the siding is white and runs vertically in some areas and horizontally in others.

Lot of Windows – A Modern Farmhouse is characterized by a lot of windows to let in as much natural sunlight as possible. Many modern farmhouses have open floor plans which makes light a very important element to make the space feel light and airy.

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| Porch Style Light |

Barn Style Lighting – Exterior lighting choices for the Modern Farmhouse are fairly limited (if you want to stay true to the style). Barn style or Porch Lights are the two most popular.

Large Covered Porch – the porch is one of the most essential characteristics of a modern farmhouse. They can be any size, but typically, they are very large and span a significant area. Many homeowners will add rocking chairs and porch swings with comfy pillows and throws.

A Gable (or A-shaped) Roof – Another hallmark of farmhouses is the distinctive gable roof. Newer Modern Farmhouse roofs are made of black or grey metal.

Carriage-style Garage Doors – this style of garage door is very popular in Modern Farmhouse architecture. A carriage-style door is characterized by the appearance that the doors “swing out” just like they do in traditional farm barns. They typically include curved windows and one diagonal piece or two diagonal pieces of wood to create the “X” shape.

Carriage-style garage doors, known to some as “carriage garage doors” or “barn-style garage doors” date back to the era of the carriage house, which was meant to store horse-drawn carriages. Since the typical family now travels via automobile rather than a horse-carriage, a popular way to capture the historic charm of this bygone era is to choose a carriage house garage door.

Large Front Door + Modern House Numbers – The doors are usually one of four colors: black, grey, white or blue. The homes are marked with large house numbers.


Curb Appeal – Lastly, you will know you are at the threshold of a Modern Farmhouse when you see a natural grass door mat and planters made from galvanized steel.

Want to get the look? Below are the essential items you need to bring the Modern Farmhouse Style curb appeal to your home:

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