Rustic farmhouse style

Session # 3 Selecting a Style

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Rustic Farmhouse Style

Happy Saturday everyone hope you had a very creative week

So now that we have covered the most popular styles of today, let’s talk about how you go about selecting one

There are a few different ways, so lets dive right in

If you are starting fresh with no direction or idea of what style of room you want to design, then the best place to start would be to sit back and envision how you want the room to look. Do you want a casual look, a rustic farmhouse look, or do you prefer a sleek contemporary look?

As they say, the best place to start is always at the beginning

So to begin selecting a style that is right for you, start with the primary or focal piece of furniture for that specific room

Living room / Family room

        Start with the (sofa)    

Slipcover sofa

Mood: casual, cozy or cool

Style: Coastal, Farmhouse or Bohemian

Inspirational photos:

Leather sofa

Mood: rustic, warm or masculine 

Style: Urban, Farmhouse or Southwestern    

Inspirational photos:

Tailored sofa

Mood: sleek, sophisticated or elegant

Style: Contemporary or Glamorous

Inspirational photos :

As you can see when you select the sofa first, and if it has a distinctive style or look to it, you have already started establishing the rooms style & mood. From that point on, it is easy to bring your design to life

But lets say you already have a sofa you like, or your aunt Edna has graciously purchased one for your new home or apartment.  Its beautiful, but has no real distinct style

I have created (3) design boards showing how easy it is to create a style around a sofa that has no real distinctive style or look to it

As you can see I have used the same sofa in every design, but with selecting cohesive pieces of  furniture, lighting and accessories, I was  able to create (3) different distinctive styles     


Start with the (bed)

Mirrored platform bed

Mood: posh, elegant or romantic

Style: Regency or Hollywood Glam

Inspirational photos:

Woven rattan bed

Mood: laid-back, casual or minimal

Style: Bohemian or Tahitian

Inspirational photos:

Metal Industrial bed

Mood: Cool, architectural or up-cycled

Style: Vintage or Industrial  

Inspirational photos:

So by starting with the focal piece of furniture, choosing a bed that has a very distinctive look plus reflects your personal style will make it easier to design the balance of the room

But lets say you already have a bed you like, or just purchased a new one, but it has no real distinct look to it

Again I have created (3) boards showing how easy it is to design around it

Same bed, same color palette (3) different styles

Dining room

Start with the (table)


Tip: Dining rooms are where you can REALLY stretch your imagination and show off your creative side.  Start with the table, but when selecting the seating, china hutch, buffet and accessories here is where you can mix and match different styles, patterns, colors and finishes creating a uniquely personal design, while still achieving a successful room

Classic Bistro table

Examples below show how this classic Bistro table can be styled to reflect numerous different moods & styles

Farmhouse table

Examples below show how this classic farmhouse table can be uniquely styled to reflect a vast array of different looks

Regency Glamorous table

Examples below show how a glamorous table can be styled to create an ultra glamorous look or a fresh contemporary modern look

Home office

Start with the (desk)

Contemporary style
Traditional style
Industrial style

**Reminder…the (3) guidelines we have covered so far apply to every room in your home

Always start with the focal or main piece of furniture

Once you have established that, you can then create a look that reflects your personal style

Tip: Professional designers will always say never do matching sets of furniture, combining individual pieces is more interesting, but it usually takes a designers eye to accomplish this.  So for anyone out there that feels they don’t have the creative eye to mix and match, go ahead and purchase the manufactures set of furniture, but then add your style with the lighting, wall art & accessories

Remember design is a personal journey, its understanding the basics, then projecting your individual style into it


“An interior is the natural projection of the soul”

Coco Chanel

Please join me next Saturday for session # 4

Having a conversation with your room

  • Note: if you have missed any of the other sessions – please click on the category select button on the right

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About the Author

Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega

Terri Ortega is a professional interior designer. She started Back to Basics Interior Design in 2019 with a mission to teach the basic guidelines of good design. Instead of just showing photos of beautifully designed rooms, she wanted to share with everyone the skills and tools to achieve the same professional results in their own homes.

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