30 Farmhouse Exterior Ideas That Are Sure to Inspire

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If you dream of spending your weekends sipping coffee from your rocking chair on the front porch, and looking out at the natural landscape, you're not alone. One look at your social media feed or major home decor brands, and it's clear that farmhouse style continues to be a fan favorite for its classic and stylish design details.

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Farmhouses, as you might've guessed, were originally created for farmers around the 16th century. They were made from easily accessible materials, thus the prevalence of wood and stone. By the time the late 20th century rolled around, modern farmhouses started getting increasingly popular and began to include things like metal roofing and more minimalist architectural elements. But what differentiates a farmhouse from other homes? Let's start with the basics: the exterior. The aesthetic can range from more traditional exteriors to rustic barn-inspired looks. Ready for some inspiration?

Here are 30 farmhouse exterior ideas that will give your home some major curb appeal.

1. Match dark accents with warm wood.

Even though farmhouses often keep the color palette to a minimum (think white shiplap and warm wood accents), there's definitely room to play with darker hues. For example, this porch by Joanna Gaines flaunts neutral, sage green siding, a wood door, and weathered wood decking. The charcoal window shutters, black planters, rocking chair, and lantern-style light fixtures add a measured dose of contrast to keep this exterior interesting.

2. Add a pop of color to your front door.

Don't be afraid to go bold if you're yearning for something a little less traditional than your classic farmhouse decor. This bright exterior by Chango & Co. shows us how it's done with vibrant red double front doors, matching side tables, and red and black pillows on all four rocking chairs. It's fun and unexpected without totally deviating from the standard farmhouse vibe.

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3. Use nature to frame an idyllic scene.

Farmhouse exterior designs work best when the landscaping is less manicured and feels more overgrown. Consider how you might use natural elements to frame your home. Or, see if you can mimic the colors of nature in your decor.

4. Choose a door frame with a decorative glass accent.

You'll see a few variations of the traditional farmhouse door — like this gem with a decorative stained glass accent at the top. It's sophisticated but doesn't take away from the pared-down farmhouse vibe. Complete the look with a wicker porch chair, potted plants, and old-school sconces.

5. Add a touch of shiplap.

Naturally, shiplap makes its way into many a farmhouse home. But why not bring this look to the exterior as well? This space pairs shiplap siding with a modern barn light from Rejuvenation — complete with a brass interior finish — for a stylish look. We love the double French door entry with a black frame.

6. Play with unexpected exterior paint colors.

As previously mentioned, just because you don't typically see a ton of bright palettes in farmhouse exteriors, that doesn't mean you can't break the rules. This house shakes things up with a bright yellow front door and green patio chairs. The color combo is used minimally, so the exterior design will make an impact without feeling busy.

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7. Try a classic black and white scheme.

Nothing beats the timeless look of a black and white color scheme, and this exterior by Noting Grace is no exception. The black window shutters, front door trim, patio furniture, and planters give this traditional porch a modern edge that definitely won't go unnoticed.

8. Explore creative ways to display your house number.

Don't forget to think about even the smallest of details, like your house number, when it comes to your farmhouse exterior. There are so many stylish options on the market these days, ranging from numbers to text in different font styles and sizes. These house numbers from Etsy add a contemporary edge to a textbook farmhouse look.

9. Embrace asymmetrical features.

It's no secret that not all home designs look the same, and this white modern farmhouse exterior by Plank and Pillow is picture-perfect proof. It incorporates some classic elements with a twist of asymmetry. The dark roof and black window trim add visual interest while the landscaping plays into the asymmetry of the overall design.

10. Make porch railings the star of the show.

If your white farmhouse exterior happens to come with prominent, traditional features, like this roomy front porch, play into them by keeping the rest of the decor minimal. This outdoor design puts the focus on the railings that run up the stairs and all around the porch. The rest of the scene is simplified, showcasing shutters in a neutral color and a dark red front door.

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11. Or, focus all of your attention on the doorway.

If you want to keep your front porch largely clear of furniture and decor, consider creating a vignette near the front door, like this one spotted on Rejuvenation. Keep a rocking chair with a blanket nearby and a plant (or two) for a cozy look that comes together with little effort. Let a black door anchor the picturesque entryway.

12. Don't be afraid to mix and match materials.

Farmhouse style is all about natural materials, but you can still have fun with your home's exterior. This design by Building Colwyn Bay combines brick and wood in a visually interesting way. The warm brick welcomes you to step inside while the dark window trim highlights the home's classic architectural features.

13. Complement the nearby trees and foliage with dark green trim.

While we often see window and door trim in black or white, we're loving the dark green shade used on this home and captured by photographer R. Brad Knipstein. The verdant hue is a welcome departure from the usual suspects and a subtle nod to the natural surroundings. Also, those larger trees planted out front provide just the right amount of privacy.

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14. Mix modern and traditional design elements.

As traditional farmhouse design starts to evolve, more modern architectural elements are making their way into the interiors and exteriors. Take, for example, this setup spotted on Home Bunch, which features large two-story windows with black trim. Meanwhile, the gable-style roof — which is often associated with farmhouse style — remains intact.

15. Be bold with black paint everywhere.

Instead of going with a white exterior, we love the idea of using black as the predominant color à la Scandinavian architecture. This remodel by House Seven Design beautifully demonstrates the bold and unexpected look on a rustic farmhouse. It's a whole mood, not to mention an amazing twist on tradition, and we're forever here for it.

16. Stick with shingle siding.

Shingle siding can add a nice textural element to a farmhouse exterior. Just look at the natural wood stain on this home from Studio McGee — it transcends traditional style with clean white trim and simple landscaping. We have a feeling this straightforward design idea will remain a classic.

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17. Brighten things up with white accents.

We just love this pretty doorway featuring a gorgeous porch to sit back and watch the world go by. Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage used a crisp shade of white to highlight and brighten up the otherwise dark exterior design. The high-contrast color combination keeps things feeling fresh and modern, yet still showcases the nonstop charm of this farmhouse abode.

18. Roll out the black carpet.

If you have steps leading up to your farmhouse, follow the lead of Nesting with Grace and turn on the charm with an outdoor stair runner in black and white. The all-white home exterior, with an unexpected pale pink door, receives the royal treatment with this smart touch. And bonus: It will keep those bright white stairs looking fresh and clean longer.

19. Bring on the brick.

Exposed brick is always a classic choice. If you're lucky enough to already have some leading to your front porch, or just want to do something different than a traditional wood or stone entry, take a look at this gorgeous exterior from Addison's Wonderland. Brick is a relatively low-cost and easy-to-maintain material, so you can rest assured that it will last for years to come.

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20. Match everything, even your planters.

Who doesn't love a matchy-matchy design moment? Farmhouse front porches can be a thing of envy, like this look from Julia Berolzheimer. Matching the rocking chairs, the siding, the decking, and those glorious planters creates an easy-breezy coastal vibe that makes you want to sit down with a glass of lemonade. We love the pale blue front door and window trim for a quiet pop of color.

21. Play with shades of gray.

White's alright, but using shades of gray on your farmhouse exterior is soothing and stylish, as seen in this design from Studio McGee. The subtle paint color allows the exterior to blend in with its surroundings. And that stunning porch with comfy seating and a front door framed by large potted plants just says, ​Welcome. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy​.

22. Add stonework to your home's exterior.

Adding stonework to your farmhouse exterior ups the ante. Just look at this smart design from Amber Interiors that proves our point. The rest of the home, which is painted black, fades into the background, leaving the foreground to welcome visitors with the help of simple pavers set in a sea of gravel and a modern stone-clad portico framing the front door.

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23. Go modern and minimal.

Farmhouse homes can be simple and also somewhat minimalist as the style changes and evolves — this modern barn by Amber Interiors is a perfect example. Black trim and light wood-stained siding, with a matching front door, breaks with tradition and proves that natural materials and a gable roof can still fit into a farmhouse design

24. White on white always works.

Keep things ultra simple and chic and paint the entire exterior of your home white — white siding, door, trim, and columns. It's an old-school approach to farmhouse design, but it will make your exterior look surprisingly modern. This home by Chango & Co. gets the all-white treatment, but those gorgeous stone steps and simple rockers add just the right amount of country flair.

25. Lean into the roofline.

While gable roofs are a classic detail of farmhouse style, we like how this simple cottage copied the roof for the portico over the front door. Sometimes great design can be more about the little things. The wood door, the neutral shingle siding, and roofline all come together to create this idyllic lakeside escape by Chango & Co.

26. Make it stand out with a metal roof.

This rustic farmhouse has everything — a black exterior, stone detailing, and natural landscaping. But the metal roof really takes this design to the next level. It turns a chic and cozy cabin into a modern showcase. And metal roofs are considered a sustainable choice that reduces cooling costs during hotter months and retains heat when it gets chilly.

27. Keep your front door seasonal.

Switch things up from time to time by keeping your farmhouse entryway seasonal. You can go rustic with your holiday decor and bring in different elements for winter, spring, summer, and fall. And since farmhouse style is all about natural materials, there are plenty of ways to keep your exterior ever-changing and always welcoming. And just something to keep in mind: Black doors work well with just about any wreath.

28. Roll in the greens.

There's nothing like the look of a grand white farmhouse surrounded by lush green landscaping to make a home feel timeless, as proven by this Katie Hackworth design. With a rolling green lawn, some boxwood along the pathway, and a couple of trees for shade, this exterior checks all of the boxes. Of course, the climate will play a big part in whether or not this look is realistic for your home, but whatever plant life you decide to go with, it should be simple so your farmhouse will always be the star of the show.

29. Try low-key lighting.

While outdoor lighting can be sophisticated and ornate, farmhouse style keeps most design elements chic and low-key. Take the barn lamp installed over this farmhouse front door — the simple silhouette is right on cue, while the black finish makes it stand out just enough. The placement is also super practical, keeping the entryway illuminated in the dark.

30. Adding a Dutch door will add loads of charm.

We love the look of a Dutch door on almost any home, regardless of its style. But there's something about the look in black, as seen on this farmhouse facade, that turns a simple exterior into something really special. Plus, you can let the cool breeze in while keeping pets and kids safe. The only downside? Pesky little bugs might think the design feature is an open invitation.

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As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.