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If you’ve seen the show “Fixer Upper” starring Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you recognize the style of home, dubbed by them as “the modern farmhouse.” But trends change every other year, especially with social media dubbing fads left and right. 


These days, the more urban cousin to modern farmhouse is that of the “industrial farmhouse.” 


According to new research by Wayfair Professional in partnership with Pinterest, the hottest trends to date are Black fixtures (searches up 53% since last year), tin tiles and accessories (up 59%), and concrete farmhouse sinks (up 93%). The outdates modern farmhouse is filled with white and shiny stainless surfaces while industrial contain Joanna Gaines


"Industrial farmhouse details also include walnut, antique brass with touches of tarnish, and tile with dark grout," reports Sara Chiarilli, an interior designer with Artful Conceptions.


But where does this new style spring from? Experts are sensing that the trend is due to the cultural shift back to cities with a focus on redeveloping structures and gentrification. 


"These structures often have features like exposed pipes, high window walls, and cement floors—and these are the same elements turning up in homes and public spaces," explains Darla DeMorrow of HeartWork Organizing.


There are a number of design techniques that will convert your home into the industrial feel. For starters, concrete sinks are virtually indestructible. “The finishes you choose and the incorporation of rustic elements are the two big differences between modern farmhouse and industrial farmhouse decor,” says Drew Henry, founder of Design Dudes.


Geometric lights are another way to give your space a modern, rustic feel with an industrial light bulb. Clean lines and exposed bulbs are just two reasons that searches for geometric lights are up 64%, according to Wayfair.


"Industrial farmhouse leans away from previous gritty, moody looks, and adds more bright white and repurposed glass," says DeMorrow. A brushed-metal geometric light is perfect to set up over a kitchen island. 


Tin tiles offer a texture and pattern unlike any other with options in nickel, copper and black tones. For those DIY master builders, they can even be cut with scissors for speed.


“Industrial farmhouse dovetails with the DIY trend because people want to be involved in their projects and love the idea of taking something found or old (or buying new versions that at least harken back to that idea) and using it in a new way, says Chiarilli.


We hope these tips will inspire you to adopt the next best trend before another one take its place. We estimate you’ll have a couple more years before it does. 



  • Lydia Eskenazi PA

    Director of Real Estate Sales
    Harding Realty, Inc.


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