Modern farmhouse dining rooms – 10 ways designers create relaxed and welcoming spaces

Relaxed, understated and inviting, the interiors of modern farmhouse dining rooms come in many different styles. What they all share is restrained take on a rustic aesthetic, which is both welcoming and understated. It’s all about getting the balance right. If you lean towards contemporary design, you might prefer to keep furniture streamlined and minimal, then add texture through rugged finishes, such as the granite wall that Bates Masi + Architects integrated into a sleek dine-in kitchen in Montauk. ‘The structure references traditional livestock pens built from glacial rubble that meander through the local landscape,’ explains partner Paul Masi. 

If cozy, old-world charm is what you’re after, then seek out vintage pieces and antique finds that reference modern farmhouse style. Choose clean-lined designs with patina, or a utilitarian edge, and keep the backdrop free of too much decoration to ensure the space retains a modern feel. ‘Achieving a modern farmhouse look is all about using the right materials,’ explains Hudson Valley interior designer Anthony D’Argenzio. ‘I like to mix different rustic wood tones, along with metals finishes like steel and brass, for a relaxed yet industrial approach.’ 

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