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11 Essential Items For a Contemporary Farmhouse Living Room

By Reza Pienaar

Rustic yet contemporary, the modern farmhouse style marries the best of old and new. Get inspired with these 11 curated pieces from high quality brands such as Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Rove Concepts that will add style and flair to your living room.

Once upon a time, "modern" and "farmhouse" might have seemed like opposites, but this combination of design styles is now trending in a big way. The use of rustic, country elements paired with modern, contemporary furniture creates a pleasing combination. The use of clean lines, neutral color palettes, layered textures, and natural materials all work together to create this timeless look.

We'll show you how to cultivate your love for modern farmhouse decor with furniture and accessories that will help you create an absolutely gorgeous living room space!

If you would like to quickly jump to a specific item in the catalog, feel free to click on the items directly below to jump to the section in the article.

  1. Rug

  2. Couch

  3. Accent Chairs

  4. Coffee & End Table

  5. Book Shelf

  6. Media Console

  7. Standing Lamp

  8. Table Lamp

  9. Throw Pillows

  10. Art

  11. Accessories


11 Essential Items for a Contemporary Farmhouse Living Room


1. Rug

Stone Tile Rug by West Elm

Made from soft, plush wool, this rug from West Elm is a dream for bare feet and ideal for bedrooms and living rooms. Each of these rugs is hand tufted and hand cut by artisans in India in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility.

Credit : West Elm - Stone Tile Rug

In our Contemporary Farmhouse Livingroom, this gorgeous rug serves as the anchor, providing a dynamic yet versatile patterning that complements all our furniture and decor. The soft wool material used to create this beautiful piece makes it not only eye-catching but also wonderfully soft to stand on.


2. Couch

Wells 3-Piece Sectional by Crate&Barrel

Modern, sophisticated and undeniably inviting, this sectional from Crate&Barrel tucks soft and plump cushions onto a slim frame supported by sustainably sourced solid wood legs with a natural finish. Tailored with top stitching and French seams, the soft twill fabric suits active family life and cleans up beautifully.

Credit : Crate&Barrel - Wells 3-Piece U-Shaped Sectional with Natural Leg Finish

Moving on to the couch, this beautiful sectional is the perfect complement to our Contemporary Living Room Design by providing a modern and sleek piece that serves as the main focal point for our living room. This sectional marries comfort and style all neatly wrapped up in a beautiful contemporary design.


3. Accent Chairs

Timber Charme Tan Chair by Article

An oak wooden trim and voluptuous leather cushions define this chair with an updated mid-century modern style. Sink into the feather filled cushions and relax — you've come home to your new favorite place. Each hide used for upholstery is as unique as a fingerprint. Natural color variations, wrinkles and creases are part of the unique characteristics of genuine leather.

Credit : Article - Timber Charme Tan Chair

These leather accent chairs add that quintessential rustic charm into the living room space. Real genuine leather ties this design back to that farmhouse look that is key in creating that sophisticated blend between the rugged and contemporary.


4. Coffee & End Table

Tucker Grey Rectangular Trunk by Crate&Barrel

Solid mango tinted grey transitions this rectangular trunk from pure storage to center stage. Sturdy iron base and safety hinges make this a sure choice for a family room or den. The trunk's three tops flip up to reveal three roomy partitions to store books, DVDs, blankets and games. Side section also holds a removable tray for spur-of-the-moment serving.

Credit : Crate&Barrel - Tucker Grey Rectangular Trunk

This solid mango wood coffee table is the perfect functional piece of furniture for our contemporary farmhouse living room. The gorgeous rustic wood grain makes it simply beautiful to behold, while the additional hidden compartments give it a functional and modern appeal. The sister piece to this coffee table, the Tucker Grey End Table keeps the overall look cohesive and clean. Two end tables on either side of the sectional will create a balanced look, while the coffee table will provide an anchor for the entire room as a focal point for accessories and books you would like to display.


5. Book Shelf

Mateo 36" x 44.5" 3-Shelf Etagere Bookcase by Pottery Barn

Classic style, now available in a size that works for you. The Mateo Collection has a weathered, distressed finish with rough-sawn detailing and a depth of color that will bring warmth and character to your space. A small-space solution for any room, this three-shelf etagere bookcase can be paired with matching pieces in the collection to customize your space.

Credit : Pottery Barn - Mateo 36" x 44.5" 3-Shelf Etagere Bookcase

This stylish 3 shelf bookcase provides the storage solution for the accessories and books you would like to display in your room. The weathered wood look ties into the farmhouse design style, while the open and exposed shelves are an homage to a more modern and contemporary design trend that encourages minimalism.


6. Media Console

Winston Media Console by Rove Concepts

The Winston Media Console is an abstract presentation of the rule of thirds. Strangely but pleasantly balanced, this vibrant piece becomes a focal point with multiple storage opportunities. Aesthetic industrial lines meet crafted concave edges for an overall elegant and contemporary facade.

Credit : Rove Concepts - Winston Media Console

This absolutely stunning media console is a true combination on modern and rustic design styles. A stylish and sleek long storage compartment sits nestled into a smooth walnut shelf. With enough space for a television and ample storage for remotes, books, and accessories - this piece is a gorgeous addition to the Contemporary Farmhouse Livingroom.


7. Standing Light

Miles Tripod Wood Floor Lamp by Pottery Barn

Finally, there is room for lighting and storage at the end of the sofa without a cluttered side table. This tripod lamp features an updated classic style and a built-in tray that’s the perfect place to drop the remote or a pair of reading glasses. Made of wood, steel, brass and aluminum with a bronze finish. Fair Trade Certified™.

Credit : Pottery Barn - Miles Tripod Wood Floor Lamp

This beautiful standing lamp will provide the tall lighting your room will need while staying true to the farmhouse design style. Wooden legs with an additional small storage shelf look charming and rustic while a linen drum light shade gives this lamp that contemporary style needed to pair with the surrounding pieces.


8. Table Lamps

Bethany Ceramic Table Lamp by Pottery Barn

The graceful Bethany Lamps feature a glossy cream color with subtle markings and slight antiquing along the top and bottom edges of the base. An ivory linen shade completes the look. Made of ceramic. Features a cream-colored, hand-applied finish.

Credit : Pottery Barn - Bethany Ceramic Table Lamp

This collection of elegant-looking table lamps will add light and class to the living room. The ceramic body adds a delicate and timeless look and works well to soften some of the lines created by the more angular furniture. These lights also tie back into the couch which also features a more "plump" feel.


9. Throw Pillows

Use a combination of these three pillow styles to add a soft splash of color and texture to your furniture. A combination of cool and warm neutrals with intresting patterns help add depth and dimension to the space. The colors all help tie the room together and create an overall sense of balance.

A. Blue Grey African Mudcloth Throw Pillow by Etsy

Credit : Etsy - African Mudcloth Grey Pillow

This pillow cover is made from a beautiful hand-woven African mudcloth from Mali and will make a great neutral accent piece. The mudcloth cover is 100% authentic and imported from Africa. The color is a beautiful Grey Blue with White pattern. It has lots of soft, nubby texture. The backing is 100% off-white linen.

B. Bold Center Stripe Terracotta Pillow by West Elm

Credit : West Elm - Bold Center Stripe Terracotta Pillow

This pillow cover is made from a beautiful hand-woven African mudcloth from Mali and will make a great neutral accent piece. The mudcloth cover is 100% authentic and imported from Africa. The color is a beautiful Grey Blue with White pattern. It has lots of soft, nubby texture. The backing is 100% off-white linen.

C. Shadow Graphic Pillow by West Elm

Credit : West Elm - Shadow Graphic Pillow

This pillow cover is made using crewel embroidery on the front while the back is solid. The color is a beautiful Black with White pattern. It has lots of soft, nubby texture. The backing is 100% off-white linen.


10. Art

Create vignettes and interesting areas in the room by hanging art on the walls. Art helps tie colors together while also aiding in creating a sense of height and balance to the overall space. Use a combination of these works below to really make your Contemporary Farmhouse Living Room POP!

A. Minted for West Elm - Desert Super Moon by Kate Baird

Credit : West Elm

Take a hike to the end of the road with this super-moon desert scene by photographer Kate Baird. It comes to us from our collaboration with Minted, a community of independent designers and artists.

B. Designed for West Elm - Sunset by Melissa Koby

Credit : West Elm

From the studio of artist and illustrator Melissa Koby, Sunset celebrates the passage of time and encourages reflection and contemplation. Pair it with Sunrise to help let go of the past and look forward to a more hopeful tomorrow.

C. Minted for West Elm - Sunset Over The Mountains

Credit : West Elm

Created in collaboration with Learn more. Sabrin Deirani is an artist and designer based in Bogota, Colombia. Printed on acid-free matte paper with deluxe pigment ink or canvas. Hanging hardware included. Can be hung vertically.


11. Accessories

The final touches to this Contemporary Farmhouse Living Room are the accessories, which provide interesting details throughout the room and help the space feel cozy and classy. Mix and match accessories and try to choose items that follow the overall color palette. Adding fun textures such as a thick knit throw or rustic woven baskets will help add depth. Don't forget to add some pops of green to complete the look.

A. Colossal Hand-knit Throws

Credit : Pottery Barn

This extra-large hand-knit throw is crafted with chunky yarn for a surprisingly light and soft feel. The classic cable stitch feels cozy and familiar, just like wrapping up in your favorite sweater.

B. Metal Stepped Bookends

Credit : West Elm

Enjoy timeless tales from classic authors. Black, grey, and gold colors help add flair while also curating a gorgeous, classy look. Place them on display a modern bookshelf or coffee table to solidify the contemporary look.

C. Savannah Handwoven Seagrass Basket Collection

Credit : Pottery Barn

Handwoven of seagrass, each basket keeps clutter out of sight and everyday necessities within reach. These baskets are handy in almost any room of the home and can hold everything from desk accessories in a home office to essentials in the bath.

D. Natural Frame with Brown Stand

Credit : Target

This rectangular picture frame featuring a natural wood and metal construction offers a mixed appeal to any table surface. Supported on a contrasting black metal stand for standing stability, this freestanding photo frame can be displayed horizontally on a variety of flat surfaces.


In Conclusion

Our team at Envision Redesign works tirelessly to create and develop high quality, curated designs using brands we Love and Trust so that you can achieve that magazine quality look in your very own home.

We hope you enjoyed this curated Contemporary Farmhouse Design Catalog! We thank you for your support and business, and always encourage you to reach out with questions or comments.

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Article By Reza Pienaar

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