Anytime you put the words “modern” and “farmhouse” together, it can sound a bit like an oxymoron. But for a while 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 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.
Instead of a traditional fireplace with a mantel and a hearth, this home designed by the General Assembly has a vintage-style wood burning stove. Paired with custom-designed terra-cotta wall tile and modern decor, this old horse barn is a farmhouse dream come true.
5. Freshen things up with an all-white facelift.
6. Direct the eye upward.
If you’re lucky enough to have a home with high ceilings like this bright farmhouse designed by BAM Construction, emphasize them. Draw the eye upward by cladding your fireplace in stone, which pairs perfectly with the adjacent pile of stacked wood.
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7. Add a unique piece of art.
If you want to push your farmhouse fireplace in a modern direction, all you need is a stylish piece of abstract art above your mantle. Interior designer Kate Marker did just that in this country living room, giving it a welcome jolt of pink.
8. Lean toward Scandi minimalism.
In this Scandi-chic farmhouse designed by architectural firm Rauser Design, minimalism is key. A simple wood-burning stove sits on top of stacked wood surround by modern accents.
9. Consider concrete.
We sort of have a thing for concrete, and it’s not hard to see why in this farmhouse living room designed by Shea from Studio McGee. The floor-to-ceiling, slate-gray surround takes center stage but the white shiplap walls make a great supporting cast.
10. Or, opt for stone.
We can’t stop staring at the fireplace within a fireplace in interior designer Leanne Ford’s farmhouse living room. From the rustic stone surround and exposed ceiling beams to the soft and cozy area rug and sheepskin throw, this room is bursting with texture.
11. Age adds character.
Jenni Kayne’s country living room is picture-perfect proof that mixing the old with the new is a recipe for success. Her beautifully aged brick fireplace exudes rich character while the more modern accents act as icing on this farmhouse cake.
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.
Lucy from Craftberry Bush uses small items to make a big impact in her farmhouse living room. Thanks to distinctive baskets, pretty glass votives, vintage finds, and prized heirlooms her fireplace exudes warmth in more ways than one.
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.