Home buyers craving the perfect blend of traditional comfort integrated with modern amenities often find exactly what they are looking for in a modern farmhouse design. Thoughtfully blending rustic elements with sleek, modern lines, this unique home style is found in both urban and rural communities throughout Oregon. From Portland to Wine Country and everywhere in between, the modern farmhouse style appeals to both first-time home buyers and seasoned homeowners alike, perhaps due in part to HGTV’s Joanna Gaines’ love of this style of home. Read on to learn if the modern take on a traditional farmhouse is the type of home, you’ll love to call your own.


Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home

Though no two homes are the same, a modern farmhouse typically includes interior features such as:

  • Open floorplan
    The open floorplan common in this home design makes excellent use of the many windows and makes the home feel airy, bright, and connected to the outdoors.
  • Spacious kitchens
    The kitchen is the heart and soul of most modern farmhouses. You’ll often find exposed shelves, cabinets that do not have doors, and freestanding cupboards. In other words, expect to see a whole lot of wood in the kitchen.
  • Natural color palette
    One of the key features of this style of home is that the shades are typically inspired by colors found in nature. Soft neutrals, shades of green, and lighter, subtler shades of yellow, orange, and red are commonly used in the updated farmhouse décor.
  • Vintage furnishings
    Contemporary farmhouse style homes tend to be less rustic than traditional farmhouses, while still paying homage to the past with plenty of vintage furniture and traditional fabrics. As such, you’re likely to find plenty of reclaimed materials including wood, featured prominently.
  • Metal Accents
    Don’t be surprised to find metal accents in a contemporary farmhouse. Lantern-style lighting, metal chandeliers, and metal hardware on cupboards, along with stainless steel appliances are common.
  • Plank Flooring
    Wide planks of wood are a staple of an updated farmhouse style home.


The exterior of this old-meets-new style is also unique. It typically boasts several of the following features:

  • Rustic outdoor lighting
  • Covered front porch
  • White exterior (siding, brick, etc.)
  • Simplified trim
  • Double front door or front door with a window
  • Lots of windows
  • Shutters
  • Streamlined rectangular shape 
  • Tidy, elegant, but simple landscaping. 



With a modern farmhouse design, buyers get both a cozy, and chic floorplan. Blending a bit of old with new, the style of home has broad appeal thanks to its livability. It may also come with a larger price tag than other styles of home. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, this style of home may cost 10% more than other styles of comparable size and amenities. But that also means that when you sell your home, you may command a larger sales price.   


Loans for Farmhouse Homes in Oregon

Strategic Mortgage Solutions works with homebuyers throughout Oregon to secure great rates on mortgage loans for first homes, vacation homes, new construction, and home renovations.  To learn more about your financing options for a modern or classic farmhouse style home, call 541-275-1148, or send us a message today.