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How to achieve farmhouse style in your home

Hunter Fan Company Designer Patrick O'Connell Our dining room table has a rustic finish, so no matter how wild my kids are being, it’s predistressed; I don’t have to worry about them scratching the wood or leaving fingerprint behind.

I think that’s part of the appeal of farmhouse design: It’s low maintenance. You don’t have to overanalyze your child’s behavior with rustic décor.

Modern farmhouse design also the perfect blend of a lot of trends: rustic, industrial and modern. The rustic and distressed finishes pair beautifully with the dark ironwork and exposed hardware of industrial, while the sleek lines of modern design gives it a touch of elegance.

Farmhouse is also about more than family-friendly décor; it’s about family as a whole. It embraces easy living lifestyle where families are in the center and you’re spending time with each other, that’s why you’re seeing more and more open concept spaces associated with farmhouse design.

So how do you achieve this modern farmhouse look? My design team and I have some ideas.

Patrick O’Connell is the Design Director for Hunter Fan Company.

 

GALLEY KITCHENS

It’s definitely evolved and definitely fitting what people want to do where each room is not necessarily purposed for what it’s supposed to do. The kitchen is a gathering space, it’s an office, it’s where kids do their homework.
Christine Holmes, Designer

WE LOVE THE SOFT MODERN AKER CEILING FAN, ESPECIALLY IN BLACK, OR RUSTIC FINISHES OF THE DONEGAN CEILING FAN IN THE 44″ BLADE SPAN FOR A FARMHOUSE KITCHEN.

 

SUBWAY TILE

Every farmhouse kitchen has subway tile. It’s timeless and classic, but can lend itself to modern design elements. It’s also easy to clean, so it goes back to the idea that family friendly idea of farmhouse style.
Claire McRoberts, Designer

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WRAP AROUND PORCHES

Porches, especially wrap around porches, are an integral part of farmhouse architecture. We have some farmhouse ceiling fans with rustic finishes that are damp rated for patios that would look perfect on these porches while keeping everyone cool.
Patrick 

THE OCALA CEILING FAN OR KEY BISCAYNE CEILING FAN HAVE RUSTIC FINISHES WITH TOUCHES OF METAL WORK THAT WOULD FIT PERFECTLY ON A FARMHOUSE PORCH.

SHIPLAP

Joanna Gaines has us obsessed with shiplap! (I wonder if we can put shiplap on a fan…) Whether it’s a floor, a wall, a ceiling, you’ve got to have wood paneling for the farmhouse look.
Claire 

BLACK ACCENTS

Black window trim and metal railings offer a modern twist on farmhouse décor. It gives stairwells with traditional shiplap walls and rustic flooring a sleek modern yet industrial touch.
Patrick

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THE CASSIUS CEILING FAN OR CHRONICLE CEILING FAN IN BLACK COMPLEMENTS THE BLACK METALWORK ACCENTS OF A FARMHOUSE ROOM.

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Hygge: Unfussy and uncluttered design for your space

Pinterest identified Hygge as one of the rising trends in 2017. So what exactly is Hygge other than a word that’s tricky to pronounce? (It’s pronounced HUE-gah, by the way.)

The Danish word doesn’t have an exact translation, but it’s used to convey a feeling of coziness and peacefulness. We have some tips on how to achieve the effortless design in your home.

COLORS

What’s more relaxing than the beach? Imagine the ocean view and bring those colors into your home. Warm, Nordic blues with hints of light greys and taupe will inspire calm and create an oasis to escape a stressful world.

We not only love this color palate on textiles and paint, but try a seaglass inspired backsplash or inky swirled coloring on dishes.

PATTERN

Pairing ocean-inspired colors with subtle nautical prints only seems fitting. While you might not live beachside, coastal patterns and stripes imply a sense of relaxation as if you were there.

Delicate botanicals in those same relaxing hues also add a pop of pattern to your Hygge inspired room. Think small airy blooms and scrolling vines.

TEXTURES

How many hours do we spend looking at a computer screen or typing on our phones? Trade tech for textures: Add finishes and textiles in your home that are calming to look at or are soothing to touch.

Satin copper, gentle burnished steel, soft oxidization – add pops of soft worn metals around your room. Rustic woods like a toasted oak or subtle white wash are stylish yet sensory surfaces that will lighten up your space.

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HUNTER FEATURES FANS WITH RUSTIC BLADE FINISHES LIKE OUR DONEGAN COLLECTION OR OUR APACHE WI-FI AND APPLE HOMEKIT ENABLED FAN.

The ultimate definition of cozy includes soft knits and even velvet (yes, velvet – we hear it’s making a comeback). Utilitarian fabrics, while they don’t always come off as cozy as knits, can convey an unfussy and uncluttered feel with clean lines for an airy industrial look.

Woven tiling and loose weaves in blankets resemble netting and can be a unique yet casual texture to apply in your space.

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Heads up. The ceiling is back.

The Sistine Chapel. The Capitol Rotunda. What can we say? People used to appreciate a good ceiling.

At Hunter, we never forgot about the ceiling—in fact, we haven’t stopped thinking about it since we invented the ceiling fan back in 1886. So we’re glad there’s a ceiling fan renaissance happening.

Everyone from interior designers to first-time homeowners are getting savvy to the importance (and effortlessness) of having a quality fan and the impact it can have on your entire living space.

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Take your room by the reins.

We like to think of the fan as the crown jewel of the ceiling. But it’s not just about aesthetics.

Whether you’re going for a showstopping centerpiece or a chameleon that blends right in, a ceiling fan changes your environment. You want to make sure it’s changing it for the better. Quiet, wobble-free and fresh designs — the quality and craftsmanship of a Hunter ceiling fan puts you in control of your environment, allowing you to create the exact look and feel you want in every room, indoors and outdoors.

Hunter Sentinel casual ceiling fan in farmhouse open concept room

A mere appliance? Think again.

Chances are there isn’t a lot going on up there on your ceiling—and that’s okay. But that doesn’t mean it just gets to stare blankly down at you, doing nothing for your space.

The right ceiling fan is an easy way for you to put your ceiling to work for you, quietly and powerfully moving the air. So much more than an appliance or fixture, a Hunter fan combines effortless functionality with timeless design to transform the look and feel of your living space.

What does that really mean for you? Breakthrough technologies that fit your lifestyle and your budget, plus style choices that will complete the personality and décor of every room perfectly. It’s all about innovative solutions that improve your quality of life in small ways—but ways that matter.

It’s time to fall in love with your ceiling again—or for the first time. Welcome to Hunter.

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Who Our Designers Follow on Instagram

We consider ourselves ceiling fan trend setters here at Hunter, but we’re constantly researching upcoming home fashion trends. Sometimes it takes us to Instagram, so we’re sharing which influencers our designers following these days.

Hunter and the St. Jude Dream Home

All across the country, dream homes are going up for a great cause. Through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, thousands of people get a chance to win the home of their dreams—with ticket proceeds funding St. Jude’s research and treatment efforts in the fight against childhood cancer.

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What’s trending for 2015?

A conversation with our industrial design team.
 
We caught up with the members of our industrial design team here at Hunter—Claire, Christine and Christophe—and asked them to share their thoughts on 2015’s interior design trends.