“I have a hard time figuring out what kind of couch fits into the “farmhouse” style… I can’t wait to see what you find!”
Good question! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to answer it perfectly, but I’ll throw out my thoughts and you can, in turn, throw out yours and we’ll see where we end up.
First of all, “Farmhouse” is definitely the trendy buzzword when it comes to home decor and I’m sure that comes as no surprise. When a style becomes trendy, like country, primitive, shabby chic, French provincial and now farmhouse, the waters get really muddy. Suddenly, everything is “farmhouse”, even stuff that really isn’t.
To make the waters even muddier, there are many styles under the large umbrella of “farmhouse”. There’s European farmhouse, prairie-style, shaker, New England, etc. and it can even get more specific by region or state. For example PA farmhouses have a a style that is distinct from those just an hour or two south in Virginia.
And then you add into the mix the opinions of people who actually LIVE in a working farmhouse and they scratch their head at everything being declared farmhouse style when their real farmhouse doesn’t look at all like that.
So, we have a lot of mud to wade through.
I wouldn’t call my style strictly farmhouse. For the past few years, I’ve described it “French blue, farmhouse white.” It’s a blend of European influences and classic American farmhouse a few other things mixed in that I like.
I like to mix primitives, like a step-back hutch, with French-style chairs.
A table made out of an old barn door and potting bench base mixed with a crystal chandelier, a French-style buffet and a bucolic cow in a gilded frame. The chairs are definitely a little flouncy for traditional farmhouse style.
That’s my interpretation of farmhouse style.
So, if you love farmhouse style and you’re shopping for a sofa, what should you be looking for?
I can’t think of a sofa style that is specific to farmhouse style, but rather styles that will feel at home in a farmhouse space.
In my house, I have a leather sofa in our family room. It has fairly simple lines, turned legs on casters and nailhead trim. I feel like it reads fairly neutral in the room.
Our other sofa is a Gustavian-style sofa, but it doesn’t feel overly fussy or formal because of the nubby hemp sheet upholstery and distressed frame. I don’t think it would work as well with the industrial cart coffee table if it had tapestry upholstery and a dark wood frame.
So, this brings me to my primary conclusion. I think many sofa styles can work in farmhouse decor if the fabric is right. I would stick with fabric that is either is a natural material or looks like one. Linen, hemp, leather, cotton twill, etc…
In fact, sofas slipcovered in white cotton twill seem to be the favorite choice of those who decorate in farmhouse style…
While that’s the most popular choice, there are others that look right at home in farmhouse style, too…
And I do like a good deconstructed sofa, if it’s still functional. There’s something about the celebration of the humble side of the furniture that works with farmhouse decor in my opinion.
What did I miss? What sofa style says “farmhouse” to you?