Farmhouse Dining Room – Budget and High End Designs

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How do you make a traditional dining room look farmhouse?

Farmhouse dining room idea

Photo by Mark McCammon:

If you’re looking for a rustic and charming way to update your dining room, you should consider adding a farmhouse touch. A farmhouse dining room is perfect for those who want to create a warm and inviting space where they can gather with family and friends.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the key elements of farmhouse dining room design, as well as provide some tips on how you can get the look in your own home!

Farmhouse dining room ideas

To start our design we need to focus on a few ideas and put together a mood board, this makes it easier to put your final design in place.

As I mention in many of my blog posts, a great way to get inspired is by collecting a selection of images that you like from the internet or Pinterest.

You may have seen a particular color scheme that you find attractive, or a piece of art that has colors you like. It could even be materials.

There are many different ways to put together a mood / inspiration board. Pinterest is a good start, or use a word document or even a scrapbook. Play about with your choices until you are happy with the final look.

Remember to take into account a variation of color, texture and pattern to give the room an interesting look. For example, if all of your walls are cream or beige, pick out something that will contrast against the color.


Farmhouse dining room walls

The paint for the walls is probably one of the first projects you will have to tackle to create your farmhouse dining room.

There are so many different shades and tones to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are a few tips for choosing the perfect paint color for your farmhouse dining room:

  • Consider the overall style of your home. If you have a more traditional style, you may want to stick with neutrals like beige or white.
  • If you want to add a pop of color, think about what colors will complement the other design elements in your room.
  • Consider the mood you want to create in your dining room. If you want it to be a relaxing space, you might want to choose a calming color like blue or green.
  • Don’t forget about the lighting in your room! The paint color you choose will look different in different types of light, so make sure to test it out in the space before you commit.

Mortar Shwerwin Williams Paint

A typical color scheme for a more traditional dining room could be creams, nudes and brown tones. For a more modern farmhouse dining room a good selection of greys is a good choice.

If you are feeling totally creative wallpaper or put up some faux cladding in wood or incorporate a brick effect wall.

Network Grey Sherwin Williams Paint

Maybe choose an accent wall, or a white walls with neutral shades. The choice of color really depends on how much natural light you have to work with and what furniture you have chosen and the position of the accent wall etc.

Accent walls can be darker or lighter. Think about what you want to put on that particular wall and work around it.


Farmhouse dining room lighting

When it comes to farmhouse dining room lighting, you have a few different options. You can go with a more traditional chandelier, or you could opt for something like pendant lights or wall sconces.

farmhouse lantern

Pendant lights are a great option if you want to add a bit of personality to your space. There are so many different styles to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that fits your taste.


Farmhouse dining room chandelier

Chandeliers are a classic choice for farmhouse dining rooms, but they can be quite expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can try looking for a used chandelier at a thrift store or antique shop.

If budget is not an option and you want something as a centrepiece then be inspired. Make sure it is the right size to hang above your dining room table as well. Shop the Look.

Black chandelier


Wall sconces are another popular option for farmhouse dining room lighting. They provide a softer light than a chandelier, and they can be a great way to add some extra lighting without taking up too much space.

Gold wall sconce

A floor-standing lamp can also look attractive when designing your farmhouse dining room lighting. Perfect if you want to create more subtle lighting.

Farmhouse floor standing lamp

Another variety of accent lighting is a table lamp. These can be positioned on side tables, a credenza, or on a bar. You are trying to incorporate country-style decor so metal and wood-based accents will work well in your design.

Farmhouse dining lamp

As I mentioned before, consider where the lights are going to be positioned, if you have outlets available and what color the wall is behind the light. It will help you enormously before purchasing. Shop the Look.

Farmhouse dining room tables

Farmhouse dining room tables can come in all shapes and sizes and I go more into depth with what is available in our article 10 Beautiful farmhouse dining room tables for your home’.

A traditional farmhouse dining room table can be purchased in a variety of wood. If you have a small dining room consider a round dining table, for a larger room look at something long and rectangular.

Farmhouse dining table idea

Before choosing your dream farmhouse dining room table be aware of how many people will be seated on a regular basis. Do you have regular dinner parties and how many people will you invite?

If you have a large family you could also consider purchasing a table that has an extendable section when everyone is coming for dinner. The design all depends on how many you need to cater for and the size of your dining room. Shop the Look.

Farmhouse dining room chairs

Many tables are now bought without chairs, so you have the option to choose the style of dining room chairs which suit your daily living habits.

The options don’t stop at just chairs. You may consider a bench against a wall and a few chairs around your dining room table.

Comfort is key at a dining room table so try out a few different chairs to see if they are comfortable and will fit in with your furniture scheme.

Dining room chair

Country-style dining chairs could be made of wood or metal. You may just want to mix your chairs up slightly and have different fabrics or colors.

Consider the space, make sure you have enough room to pull the chair out comfortably and it works cohesively within your design.

If you cannot afford new chairs check out your local adverts or Marketplace. Sometimes a good bargain can be had online.

Farmhouse dining room decor

I always find this is the fun part. The added extras to make your room pop.

Another piece of furniture you can add to your farmhouse dining room ideas is a credenza. Not just there as a beautiful focal point but also as storage for your serving dishes, glasses, plates etc.

Dark wood sideboard

If you don’t have the budget for a credenza search around for a vintage wooden dresser or a book shelf and decorate it with greenery, bottles of wine and other interesting pieces. Perfect placed up against a blank wall.

Wooden book shelf

If you have wooden floors, sometimes it is a good idea to soften the room with textiles and possibly a rug. A rug will pull the room together and can be positioned directly under the dining room table.

Rugs can be easily cleaned and many are stain-resistant. Choose a rug with a pattern if you have a wooden floor in your dining area.


The pattern you choose can incorporate the colors within your theme which will pull your design together.

If you have a fireplace in your dining room then incorporate a rug in front of it instead of under the dining room table to make the room more cozy.

Art adds a finishing touch

A piece of art is always a good focal point in a dining room. Choose from a country-style print, an original canvas, or a printed abstract.

Abstract art

Choose your colors wisely. Pick out colors from the art and be inspired when it comes to choosing your paint.

Download the FREE full mood board for a farmhouse dining room high-end style PDF

The Mood / Inspiration Board

High-end Farmhouse dining rooms ideas

Inspiration board Farmhouse dining room

To help you along, I have created a mood board/inspiration board using items that I feel would work well when planning a farmhouse dining room.

I have incorporated two choices for color schemes. One is a traditional choice of neutral/rustic colors, and the other which are greys for a more modern farmhouse dining room.

The budget for this board is in the higher range and without paint and flooring comes in at just under $12,000. This does include all of the items that you see on the board above.

Dining table, four chairs, rug, credenza, pendant light, table lamps, the plants, and the art.

This setup will work well in an average size dining room.

Obviously, this is just a general idea of how your dining room could look.

Download the FREE full mood board for a farmhouse dining room design on a budget PDF

Budget farmhouse dining room ideas

Budget farmhouse mood board

Pick up the items on this mood board/inspiration board for $2,000. The package includes four chairs, a dining room table, rug, credenza, two lamps, plants, ceiling light, art, and candles. All you need to buy is your paint.

This combination can also work well with a selection of pale blues or greens instead of the traditional neutral colors. Pick out inspiration from the art, or upload a photograph to a paint website to visual how the paint would look on your walls.


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The items within our Shop the Look selection are featured within our Mood Board/s, so you can purchase as many or as few as you want.

The Mood Board has been created to show you what can be achieved with the items that we have selected.

Just hanging around

farmhouse lantern

This hanging pendant light screams rustic. Made from wood and wrought iron and available in various finishes. Light up your life – and your table.


Eat like an Italian

Farmhouse dining table

Many an Italian kitchen has a rustic farmhouse dining room table. Sturdy, made to last and room to move.

BURKE DECOR – $1,949

Let there be a subtle light

Farmhouse dining lamp

How fabulous will these lights look on top of a credenza or side table? Gold adds the warmth and the lighting adds the accents.

WALMART – $99.99

No need for water

plant for the table

A fake plant that is green all year round. On a bookshelf, or even as a centerpiece.

WALMART – $17.98

Budget storage bookshelf


Rust is key. No credenza – no problem. Invest in a bookshelf and decorate accordingly. Natural country-style design at its best.


Sliding barn doors

Farmhouse credenza

How much more farmhouse style can you get in a credenza. Complete with sliding barn doors and adjustable shelving.

WALMART – $199.95

Comfortable carpet

rug cream

Pull your dining room together with this patterned rug. Stain resistant and available in five different colors.

WALMART – $160.02

Set the mood

Hurricane Paloma - Candles

Any decent dining table should have a candle or two when you’re entertaining. With an antique brass base and hand-blown glass, this is sure to impress your guests.

FRANCE AND SON – $336.00

Please take a seat, or two!

Dining room chair

Stylish dining chairs which look fabulous tucked under a rustic farmhouse dining room table. Solid oak and top grain leather will give your guests a comfy seat at the table.

FRANCE AND SON – $799.00

Comfy underfoot


In front of a fireplace or under the dining room table, a patterned rug will give you the farmhouse country style.

WALMART – $160.02

Go big or go home

Black chandelier

A chandelier for many a large farmhouse dining room. A rich black finish that makes a bold statement over any table.


 Set of two to light up

Budget light

A brass finish stands with a white cylindrical shade. A bargain for two lamps for your farmhouse design.

WALMART – $44.99

Extending your dining space

Budget table

This beautiful dining table extends to seat even more guests as it comes with an 18-inch removable piece. Dine with six people comfortably.

WALMART – $690.99

Pretty as a picture

art for wall

No wall can be without art. A traditional farmhouse-style dining room decor depicting flowers in a mason jar.

AMAZON – $16.99

Dinner art


Discuss this piece of abstract art over dinner. Easy to hang and printed on good quality canvas. Definitely a talking point.

WALMART – $89.99

Embrace French oak for storage

Dark wood sideboard

Spanning 79 inches, this buffet is top-notch. Made from seared oak with cast iron legs, this will add a touch of contemporary to your farmhouse dining room ideas.


Go Green


Farmhouse dining room decor would not be the same without a touch of greenery. Not green-fingered? Don’t worry I’ve got you.

WALMART – $82.99

Light up the walls


Ambient light on the walls is cast from a single wall light sconce. Attractive and versatile.


Vintage wood grain finish chandelier

Vintage wood grain finish chandelier

Farmhouse chandelier with a vintage wood grain finish, Beautifully crafted

AMAZON – $79.98

Settle down to dinner

Parsons dining chair

No farmhouse dining room is complete with a set of comfy chairs. Tufted upholstered fabric and available in various colors.

AMAZON – $169.99

Dinner by candlelight

Farmhouse table decor

Finish the table off with traditional farmhouse-style candles.

AMAZON – $29.99

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