simple and functional decor

Photo: Modern Farmhouse Style (Weldon Owen)

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Modern farmhouse style is interpreted in different ways in different countries. Take Scandinavian design, for example: There, the farmhouse look is more about letting the materials shine in unfussy ways, such as the simple wood planks in this nearly whitewashed floor. Plus, furniture that's functional and beautiful—a hallmark of Swedish design—meets the requirements of both modern and farmhouse styles. You'll also note that Scandinavian pieces are designed to last—which is very much in tune with the farmhouse aesthetic of utility. Scandinavian farmhouse also pares down any accents—one or two rustic bowls, for example, instead of an overwhelming collection.