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Dining Room Ideas: Modern Farmhouse Decor

These farmhouse dining room ideas for interior designers blend modern style and rustic charm.

Jennifer Pinto
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Crafted Friendship table with a triangle base and a wood top from Hooker Furniture dining room ideas

Call it the Golden Rule, karma or good old’ fashioned physics, but everything has a reciprocal relationship, every action, a reaction. So it’s no wonder that as we pack more into our busy schedules, the harder we work to create a sense of stillness at home. The dining room has always been a sacred spot for connecting with family and friends, and today’s consumers are drawn to dining room spaces that reflect a return to simpler times, but with all the sophistication and convenience of the 21st century. Modern Farmhouse dining room ideas offer the best of both old and new worlds, and while there's a good chance Classic Farmhouse may be on its way out, it's still a popular look for now.  

Thanks to its seamless blend of rustic materials, elegant lines and industrial-inspired accents, Modern Farmhouse style continues to be one of the most coveted dining room looks for 2018. Read on for Lighting & Decor’s favorite Modern Farmhouse dining room ideas. 

Crafted Friendship table made of solid and oak veneers with a triangle base from Hooker FurnitureCrafted Friendship Table — Hooker Furniture

The centerpiece of any Modern Farmhouse dining room is a sturdy wood table with room enough for the fam and anyone who pops in. It’s a gathering space for meals, family secrets and sibling squabbles, so it better hold up.

The Crafted Friendship table from Hooker Furniture does that beautifully. Made from poplar solids and oak veneers, the table features a heavily distressed Bourbon barrel-like finish. We love a Farmhouse table styled with a set of black Windsor chairs or the more industrial Tolix style metal chairs for a look that favors “casually mixed” over “matchy-matchy.”


Mary Jane dining chair  with rounded metal back and legs and beige seat cushion from Aiden Gray HomeMary Jane Dining Chair — Aidan Gray Home

Or you could play up the industrial vibe with this decidedly Modern Farmhouse dining armchair from Aidan Gray Home. Talk about bringing something to the table: Classic Hollywood Regency in shape, the chair has an edge thanks to its slightly worn dark grey metallic finish while the burlap cushion adds rustic appeal.

These chairs look great at the head of the table or tucked into a corner for potential extra seating and added style. 





Delmar traditional-style area rug in blue and Russet colors from NourisonDelmar Area Rug — Nourison

No Modern Farmhouse dining room is complete without a sprinkling of elegant details to help elevate rustic staples and soften industrial accents. The Delmar area rug from Nourison (shown here in Blue/Russet) is a great start.

Don’t let the delicate blossom and bloom design fool you, this rug is workhorse featuring 100 percent superlative polyester that can take the wear and tear (and spills) like a champ.  





Quentin six-light linear chandelier in a Heritage Brass finish from Hinkley LightingQuentin Linear Chandelier — Hinkley Lighting

Normally, we’d throw some serious side eye if a well-meaning marketing manager were to use the phrase “hip and historical” to describe a design, but when the folks at Hinkley Lighting went there with the company’s new Quentin collection, we were all, “Oh, no they…Well, OK. Yes. We actually get it.”

All right angles and intersections, this six-light chandelier’s geometric shape leans Modern Industrial while Heritage Brass candle sleeves offer a nod to the past. The overall aesthetic fits Modern Farmhouse to a T. 



Night PK featuring a pair of giclées on a white background with a black and gold frame from ParagonNight Pk/2 Wall Decor — Paragon

Move over rooster motifs and wagon wheel wall art, Modern Farmhouse favors a more nuanced and sophisticated approach to wall decor. Again with the elegant details: This pair of giclées from Paragon features graceful flowers encased by raised matting and a black painted frame.

The duo could blend seamlessly into a traditional space, but we do declare adding it a Modern Farmhouse-appointed dining room feels delightfully just right. 




Higgins mirror with a Natural Brass finish on the frame from School House ElectricHiggins Mirror — School House Electric & Supply Co.

More Modern Farmhouse wall love coming at you: The Higgins Mirror created by Portland's Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. features smooth, elegant lines and a Natural Brass finish that gives it that coveted rustic, vintage appeal.

Style it above a simple wood buffet or perched on a mantel, should you be lucky enough to have one to work with.





Dark Pen stripe vase made of ceramic from Workday HandmadeDark Pen Stripe Vase — Workaday Handmade

Modern may mean less is more, but don’t forget about the decorative accessories altogether. Simple, earthy handmade designs like this ceramic vase from Workaday Handmade will help ground the look and lend some Farmhouse charm.

When it comes to fresh flowers, stick with seasonal blooms and greens that will really pop against Modern Farmhouse’s go-to white, black, brown and natural wood tone palette. 




What’s in your Modern Farmhouse dining room mix? Share with us in the comments below. 

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