16 Must-Haves to Style the Perfect Modern Farmhouse Home Office

When someone says farmhouse style, I immediately think of farmhouse style: reclaimed wood, weathered paint, sage green and mason jars.
And though that really isn’t my jam, I see that farmhouse style is VERY popular over on Pinterest. Even though Fixer Upper is going off the air, I see no signs of farmhouse decor slowing down.
So I wondered if there were any ways to evoke farmhouse style in a way that would fit in more with my personal style. Enter the Modern Farmhouse.
Here are a few rooms from Houzz that come up with your search for “modern farmhouse”:
This office is minimal and modern, but it still has elements of farmhouse style. Check out the desk, the cowhide rug and the iron black/bronze looking lamp. There are also some iron-looking elements styling the built-ins.
While this is a dining space, I can totally see this motif translating itself into a home office space. The chairs have a strong dining sensibility to me, so I personally would choose a different chair. Especially since these don’t seem super comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.
There are a few elements that seem to bring farmhouse into the modern age:
  • Use of black and white
  • White or neutral walls
  • Very little accent color
  • Black metal elements
  • Warm toned, medium colored wood elements
  • Minimal kitsch or blatantly country items

The modern farmhouse concept is very close to the industrial look to me. The use of metal and wood can make for a very industrial, urban loft look. But with modern farmhouse, the difference is in the structure of the furniture and accessories. They awaken a time gone by, but without hitting you over the head with it (no “farm fresh eggs” chalkboard art).

Here are a few finds (well, more than a few, 16 to be exact) from Amazon for styling a modern farmhouse office. Click on any of the images to learn more. You can also see these items and more when you visit my Shop the Blog page.












































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What’s Your Home Office Signature Style?

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Stark white? Bold colors? Warm woods? Sleek glass? Which home office style is your signature look?


When it comes to matters of personal home office style, no two workistas are the same. When I am on Pinterest looking at home office style inspiration, there are so many chic, stylish, unique takes on this valuable room in your home.

Chances are your office decor will match the home decor style in the rest of your home.

My house is what I would call transitional. It’s a newer home with modern lines and features, but I have a healthy mix of contemporary and traditional elements. Although I would say it leans a little more to the modern side.



Transitional style is the toughest style of decor to define, but I think it’s one of the most common decor styles in American homes. When it comes to transitional style, think of it as “the new classics” or “a fresh spin on a traditional look.” For me, that means mixing traditional elements like damasks or paisleys with sleek contemporary finishes like metallic accents, glass furniture and anything that puts a modern polish on the look.



Mid-Century Mod

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that mid-century modern has been going mad strong in decor magazines and showrooms for the last few years. I always think of this as the “Mad Men” look. Bold solid colors, interesting lines and a geometric sensibility are the hallmarks of this swingin’ signature style.




I find Scandinavian decor really relaxing and pleasing to the eye. This style finds a way to make stark white homey and not sterile or severe. I think the mix of natural wood tones and the fact that there is often a splash of something alive and green help make Scandinavian style comfortable and approachable.




We already covered mid-century modern, which I think is a really narrow, distinctive look. Modern, however, does refer to the aesthetic of the modern era. This is a more updated version of a modern office v. the mid-century look above. I think this room could be called contemporary, but I still think it has a modern appeal, just without the level of kitsch the swingin’ mod look brings.




While this look became popular a while back, I think it still has devoted fans. I always think of shabby-chic as the crafter or scrapbooker’s style of choice. I like that it is usually feminine and pretty. this picture is a version of shabby-chic I can get behind. It is still clean with some nice lines, and the colors and patterns are more modern than the Laura Ashley style florals and doilies this look can venture into.




Now in full disclosure, I am not seeing a big difference between contemporary and modern in these particular photos. But I do think there is a bit of a departure from the strictly geometric style featured in our modern photo above. Contemporary means a la mode: today’s look.




This look is close to shabby-chic, but it is more like femme-chic, or modern victorian. I love how updated the gray diamond patterned wallpaper looks with the super-traditional and ornate elements like the desk chair and the bust on the desk. Did you notice she’s wearing headphones? I love it.




The famhouse look has reigned supreme during the last decade or so, at least on HGTV. Or, maybe more specifically, at least on Fixer Upper. Ok, so all I have to say is that it is basically whatever Joanna Gaines would design on Fixer Upper. White wash, shiplap or clapboard walls, shaker style cabinetry and oil rubbed bronze hardware are all classic elements of farmhouse style.

So what is your signature home office style? Let us know in the comments. To learn more about this blog dedicated to home office decor, read about Home Office Love.