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The Master Guide to Modernising the Rustic Farmhouse Style

October 22, 2020
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It’s a rustic look without the tacky rooster accessories.

If the recent homes we’ve seen are anything to go by, the farmhouse design is making a comeback in Singapore. And it’s not difficult to see why either – the concept of idyllic living, of having sprawling spaces, and being surrounded picturesque sceneries, has somewhat always held an appeal for everyone.

Tampines Avenue 7 by Fifth Avenue Interior

Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior

To mirror that interest, interiors have taken on an open-concept layout whilst maintaining its rustic charm with paneling details, private nooks, and woven accents. The result? Farmhouse looks well-suited for modern homes – here’s proof!


1. You can’t call it a modern farmhouse home without some shiplap or paneling thrown in. And this Dover Crescent abode works it in masterfully. By using it in small doses in its dry kitchen and dining area, it imbues a sort of rustic charm without tipping into the overkill territory. The interiors are then finished off with contemporary elements, including black track lights and leather furniture, for a more balanced take!

Dover Crescent by BLACK N WHITE HAUS

Interior Firm: BLACK N WHITE HAUS

Dover Crescent by BLACK N WHITE HAUS
Dover Crescent by BLACK N WHITE HAUS

2. Paneling’s a great alternative to shiplap and you can get a consistent aesthetic by complementing that with shaker cabinets. To complete the look, we recommend throwing in lattice-designed glass doors or farmhouse sinks as well. Keep it all in one tone for a more modern and fresh approach!

Tampines Avenue 7 by Fifth Avenue Interior

Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior

Tampines Avenue 7 by Fifth Avenue Interior
Tampines Avenue 7 by Fifth Avenue Interior

3. You can even marry more elements to get that rustic-chic appeal! In fact, this Punggol Drive home is a classic example. Each space has its own hallmark: Wooden beams in the living room, subway tiles in the kitchen and shiplap in the bathroom. Because it’s all tastefully segregated, it never comes off as kitschy.

Punggol Drive by The Local INN.terior 新家室
Punggol Drive by The Local INN.terior 新家室
Punggol Drive by The Local INN.terior 新家室

4. Of course, a modern farmhouse home also features plenty of wood elements. While sandy tones work nicely, a darker alternative creates a cosier atmosphere. Pair it up with vintage accessories or round-edged furniture, and you’ll get yourself a great retreat!

Spring Gardens by Ethereall

Interior Firm: Ethereall

Spring Gardens by Ethereall
Spring Gardens by Ethereall

5. Capitalise on that unblocked view with a window seat! Frame up the space with open shelves. Remember to work in some drawers for additional functionality. Complete the look with rustic textures in the form of linen throw pillows woven table runners, and you’ll have yourself a home that oozes country charm.

Cantonment Close by Third Paragraph

Interior Firm: Third Paragraph

Cantonment Close by Third Paragraph
Cantonment Close by Third Paragraph

6. Remember the good ol’ barn door? Not only does it bring farmhouse feels to your home, they’re always a clutch in tighter spaces. Use a lighter stained wood and have it blend in with the rest of your walls for a low-profile approach.

Cambridge Road by Prozfile Design

Interior Firm: Prozfile Design

Cambridge Road by Prozfile Design
Cambridge Road by Prozfile Design

7. Put a more whimsical spin on the concept. Carve out a nook for your books. Bring out a softer side with furnishings that have rounded-edges. Accent it with throw pillows, day curtains and use a warmer light for the complete cottagecore aesthetic.

SkyPeak @ Bukit Batok by Hall Interiors

Interior Firm: Hall Interiors

SkyPeak @ Bukit Batok by Hall Interiors
SkyPeak @ Bukit Batok by Hall Interiors

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