Anytime you put the words "modern" and "farmhouse" together, it can sound a bit like an oxymoron. But for awhile now, homeowners have been pushing the boundaries of farmhouse style away from shabby chic in a more modern direction, by integrating sleek and timeless pieces. (Yes, you can have an Amazon Alexa and love farmhouse decor, too). This contemporary approach applies to fireplaces as well. From concrete surrounds to wood burning stoves, here are 15 ways to give your farmhouse fireplace a modern update while still remaining true to its rustic roots.
1. Make your firewood stash a part of the decor.
This oh-so-cozy living room belonging to Melissa Coleman of The Faux Martha has built-in cubbies for firewood, so you can build a warm crackling flame whenever you like without having to run out into the freezing cold to chop more timber. And the stacked wood also adds texture and warmth to an otherwise all white farmhouse.
2. Go for a cabin vibe.
If you want your home to feel like a mountain retreat (even though it's actually a home in the suburbs), take a cue from this living room designed by Shea of Studio McGee. The furniture and decor are decidedly modern with neutral hues and graphic patterns, but the metal-clad fireplace surround, wall-mounted antlers, hides, and natural stone lend a cabin-like feel.
3. Incorporate a darker hue.
There's no rule that says a farmhouse living room has to be all white. Go against the grain and pick an unexpected wall color that will punctuate your fireplace. The team at MAWR Architecture and Design did just that using dark-blue shiplap to highlight the beige fireplace topped with a wood mantel.
4. Surround an old fireplace with current touches.
5. Freshen things up with an all-white facelift.
6. Direct the eye upward.
7. Add a unique piece of art.
8. Lean toward Scandi minimalism.
9. Consider concrete.
10. Or, opt for stone.
11. Age adds character.
12. Weave in bohemian accents.
This Hudson, New York farmhouse designed by Jennifer Bunsa has a unique worldly vibe. Rustic wood columns, exposed ceiling beams, and a grand brick fireplace are paired with eclectic decor and artifacts from the homeowner's travels, resulting in a warm, boho-chic space with an interesting story to tell.
13. Anchor the design with good ol’ shiplap.
Designed by Brooke Wagner, this living room with tried-and-true white shiplap walls and a marble fireplace surround is farmhouse perfection.
14. Display meaningful items.
15. Layer textures for visual interest.
Kate from White Lane Decor added interest to her white farmhouse fireplace by adding some captivating textures and layers throughout the room. There's the wood floor topped by a sisal area rug topped by a cowhide rug, for one. And then there's the pair of bookcases displaying various tchotchkes and the fireplace surround covered in white mosaic penny tile.