Wood + Paint = Farmhouse

Farmers were the ultimate jack of all trades and Farmhouses to me always involved a lot of paint. Whether it's the siding on the outside or the shiplap paneling on the inside or the built-in window seat, it's all painted wood. To me, the painted wood is the defining characteristic of the style. Painting is what farmers could do themselves - they painted their fences and houses and built it all out of what was readily available - wood. That's why you see so much wood paneling inside farmhouses and no drywall.




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House Highlights

  • Large Porches.

  • Shiplap Paneling.

  • Painted Wood Built-ins.

  • Brick Accents.

House Highlights

  • Gable roofs.

  • Cupolas and Weathervanes.

  • Prominent Chimneys.

  • Plank Siding.

  • Barn Doors.


Five Four And A Door

Fountain in from of a house
Farm House Rear Exterior with PoolOutside of a house with lights

The Design of any farm house starts with the front porch. The porch columns and windows and doors must work together. One layout for a two story home is - Five upper windows on top of four lower windows with the front door in the center. Space your columns between your openings. Odd number of openings and even number of columns.

Two chimneys on either side of the center box, cupolas with weathervanes, plank siding, and metal roofs. These are all defining features of traditional farmhouses.



Shiplap Bunk Beds with Center Stairs

The bunk bed has steps up to top that are also bookshelves.

Window Seat with Built-In Bookshelves

The window seat built-in has bookshelves on sides and drawers under the seat.

Book shelves in green color

Bookshelves in the office with the back wall painted green.

Built-In Mudroom Bench with Hooks and Cubbies

Mudroom Cubbies with shiplap paneling.

Designer Tip

Accent With Shiplap Paneling

Interior of a house with fireplace
Front Entry with Shiplap Paneled Staircase

Shiplap paneling was used instead of drywall because the wood was available to farmers and it was tougher and more resilient.

Use shiplap paneling as accents. We used it on the vaulted ceilings and around areas we wanted to highlight, like the built-ins or the front stairs. It adds texture and depth to a space.

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Ben Robbins

Architecture & Build Manager

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