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10 Ways to Turn your Home into a Modern Farmhouse

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Your home is need of an upgrade, its yours and you like it, but you want to love it and more, so you want others to admire it as they pass. You don’t want to go full Griswold, but you are looking to really increase the curb appeal in a big way and you want to tap into the emerging modern farmhouse trend. Here are 10 BIG WAYS TO TURN YOUR HOME INTO A MODERN FARMHOUSE.

1. A fresh coat of paint can totally change the feel of a house. Modern farmhouses tend to be white, gray, black, and other neutral colors. Painting red brick white is a quick way to modernize your home to look like a farmhouse instead of having a traditional look. By painting a home with neutrals it allows you to add cedar accents to your home which will stand out against a white or grey backdrop. Many modern day farmhouses tap into the wood look on the outside of the home, often stained and this can be less prominent when you are using bright colors to accent your home instead of farmhouse accent pieces.
2. Window Boxes are a great way to start adding more curb appeal through more color and depth. Since flowers are not as permanent as paint you can experiment more with different colors you want to add to the front of your house by swapping out from season to season and year to year. Mix and match what is in your boxes: some tall plants with some hanging plants and a good mix of the seasons best color offerings.
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3. Railing planters are a way to bring the color of fresh flowers to your porch and fresh air to enjoy while you sit out there. Railing planters come in two different types: hanging rail planters and rail top planters. Hanging rail planters hang on hooks down beside the railing and help to maintain the view just adding color. Rail top planters sit atop the railing and can add privacy in addition to improving the look of the house.
4. Outdoor planters can be used in the yard as an alternative to flower beds or can be used on a deck or porch without a railing to create an edge or barrier. Use smaller planters 10-12” in height and width by various lengths to create pathways or edging. Use larger planters to create focal points.
5. Cedar shutters allow you to frame a window drawing the human eye to the eyes of the house. Board and batten outdoor shutters make a house an inviting home and again are a great way to give it a farmhouse charm. Match your trim or other accent pieces to tie it all together on the face of your home so that the different splashes of color look intentional and improve the overall look.
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6. Cedar brackets, cedar is great for adding a touch of life to a home it can look modern in a smooth finish or more rustic in a rough finish depending o Farmhouse Home Before and Aftern your location and desired design. They can be medium to large sized and typically are used in corners especially on porches or deck supports. These can be painted or stained and can be simple or complex in design with straight lines or curves.
7. Cedar Braces are the center of a bracket without the straight height and projection legs, this means they can get a little smaller than brackets without losing their identity because there are less parts that need to develop.
8. Cedar corbels continue down the line from largest to smallest in this line of cedar products. Corbels tend to be smaller and can therefore be used in application where a bracket or brace would be too big, this means that they are often found in the eves of houses or under window boxes. If you are going to use them under window boxes or in another place where they will look better painted than stained and therefor lose some or all the natural beauty of the wood than you could also consider
9. Cedar Beam Mantels are very trendy and give a rustic look to your home. They can be used indoors or outdoors and a large beam will help give your space a very rustic look. You can float the beams for a clean and simple look or add cedar corbels underneath to decorate them.
10. Cedar gable brackets are grand accents that fill in the peak of a roof. Most people don’t know what they are called but they know what they look like. The decorative trim pieces above a window are called pediments, and like shutters they are meant to frame the window and draw the eye. They are the big boss of farmhouse accents for curb appeal. Even simple designs can add complexity and greatly improve the face of your home. Whether they are big spanning 16’ or small covering only 4’ with optional designs covering straight and/or curved lines, these are installed in the peaks of homes and draw the eye to the eves. This allows you to crown your home in warm beauty. Use one or a combination of these to take your home from just another on the block to the star of the neighborhood. Gables are also sometimes referred to as gable pediments.

For all your curb appeal needs contact Flower Window Boxes, we do standard and custom window boxes, railing boxes, planters, shutters, and cedar brackets, braces, corbels, and gables. Started in a garage we have been in business for 15+ years and build every order to order by professional carpenters in Georgia using US sourced materials. You can find us online at www.flowerwindowboxes.com, or by phone at 888-505-7715 Monday through Friday 7a-4p EST or email us at sales@flowerwindowboxes.com.

Matt-buquoi-author-flower-window-boxesAbout the Author
Matthew Buquoi is the owner of Flower Window Boxes, Inc., which is one of the largest online window box companies in the United States. In addition to being the owner, he is also an expert author, and regularly writes about industry topics in the window boxes, planters, exterior shutters, and home and garden industry.