Even after just reading the title of this article, you probably already have images in your head. The word “farmhouse” is attached to so much more than just a house style. Maybe you’re dreaming of cornfields and red barns. Maybe you’re imagining fresh pies and porch rockers.
At the very least, you’re thinking of farmhouse specialists, Chip and Joanna Gaines. But if one thing is true, it’s that farmhouses revolve around family and hard work. If you’re actively looking for a little slice of farmhouse heaven or just daydreaming about those porch rockers, here’s everything you need to know about the farmhouse style.
Farmhouses originated back in Europe, in the wide-open fields of Germany and Scandinavia. Back then, homes were not just a place to keep out of the rain but every element had to be thought out and productive. Farmhouses were made of wood which was simple to obtain and easy to work with, saving time and money for the owner. You would find farmhouses in the countryside, standing on flat ground with a water source like a lake or river nearby. Many featured front porches that spanned the house but rather than just a decorative accent, these spaces also served as storage for wood, holding space for muddy boots and a gathering place when the day’s work was done.