This country trend works in the big city and beyond

Just say the word “farmhouse,” and it conjures images of shiplap walls, whitewashed wood, and well-loved furniture. Cozy comfort is the hallmark of farmhouse style. It’s one of the most welcoming design choices out there, encouraging guests to sit for a spell and stay awhile. Adorned with beautiful basics like slip-covered sofas, rustic wooden tables, and woven baskets, it harkens back to simpler times. 


Ever wonder where farmhouse style came from? If you guessed from actual farmhouses, you’re right! This design goes way back across the pond to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Farmhouses were built to shelter farmers and were made from readily available local materials like wood. They were designed to have big kitchens for cooking and equally large porches to sit on and unwind after a day spent on the land. Later, farmhouse style migrated to America and has grown in popularity thanks to home renovation and design shows. 

Color choices

In this design style, neutrals are key. The farmhouse aesthetic relies on soft, muted hues like white, cream, beige, and light gray. The exception is the time-tested combo of black and white. Many farmhouse followers opt for black hardware along with black doors and windows to make a statement. Otherwise, subtle hints of color can be introduced through decor, furniture choices and textiles like quilts. 


Natural materials rule this roost. Think straw baskets, cotton slipcovers on furniture, and well-loved marble side tables. A rustic wood farmhouse table is the heart of any country kitchen, and other wood accents tie rooms together. 

Modern Farmhouse Style

One of the best parts about farmhouse style is you don’t have to live on a farm (or even in the countryside!) to decorate with this finish. It’s easy to take traditional elements and modernize them to work in both rural and urban environments. 

When you’re thinking about choosing selections for your custom or semi-custom home with Trilogy, here are some of the most popular elements of a Farmhouse finish:

Palisades Homes

Thinking about building a semi-custom home with Farmhouse style? At Trilogy, you’ll find all of these features and more in our Palisades Homes Farmhouse Finish. And just in case you want to explore other styles, our Palisades Homes line offers three other design styles: Coastal, Modern, and Tuscan. If you want Farmhouse style in a custom home, ask us how to incorporate it into the design and selection choice. 

Ready to do some house homework for your future Palisades home? Trilogy is happy to help! Contact us here today to learn more about the design styles for our semi-custom homes. 

Find out how to bring a dash of Italian flair to your home

Ah, Tuscany. This sun-kissed area in central Italy has inspired art, books, movies and even a design style. Known as the birthplace for the Italian Renaissance, it’s no wonder homeowners want to incorporate la bella vita d’italia in their homes. 

Explore the colors of Tuscany

The timeless, old world style of the Tuscan region is rich with colors inspired by the countryside. Think sunflower fields, vineyards, and olive groves galore. These cheery yellows, deep burgundies, and leafy greens play well with other earth tones in the Tuscan palette. 

Textures Straight out of Italy

If you’d like to incorporate Tuscan style into your home, start with traditional materials found in Italy. Cool marble, oil-rubbed bronze, and brightly painted terracotta tiles will add instant depth to any room. Embrace the look of rough-hewn exposed beams on the ceiling. Or utilize exposed brick around a fireplace or hearth to add more texture to your design. 

Tuscan Style

The goal of this rustic style is to create a warm and inviting space through decor, comfortable furniture and rugs. Often filled with antiques, art, and natural touches, a Tuscan home is both romantic and quietly elegant. 

Here are some characteristics of a Tuscan Finish: 

Palisades Homes

Are you thinking about building a semi-custom home with Tuscan style? Trilogy would love to show you these features and more in our Palisades Homes Tuscan Finish. Plus, our Palisades Homes line offers three other design styles: Coastal, Modern, and Tuscan. So you can compare styles and find the best match for you. 

There’s also the option to include Tuscan style in a custom home build, too! Ask us for ideas on selections, or build a Houzz Ideabook to share with us!

Want to find out more about our Tuscan finish? Trilogy can help make your Italian dream home a reality. Contact us here today to learn about this design style and unique floor plans for our Palisades Homes.