Trends in interior design come and go. However, judging by the requests we continue to get at Three Pines Wood Co., the modern farmhouse style isn’t going away anytime soon. Homeowners in San Diego, Ramona, and Poway still love this classic style that gives their homes a sense of warmth and comfort.
Desks continue to be a popular project at our Ramona woodworking shop, so we wanted to talk a bit about desks that fit in with a home in a modern farmhouse style.
What Elements Make a Desk “Farmhouse”?
When we think of the elements that make a piece of furniture fit in a farmhouse aesthetic, several things come to mind—first and foremost are natural materials and neutral colors. Farmhouse furniture tends to use wood that is left unstained, allowing the color and grain of the wood itself to shine through. The wood may also be left in a “rustic” state to resemble aged barnwood. If the piece is painted, it is typically painted a neutral color—most often white, but other colors, such as light blues, muted greens, and soft yellows can also look great in a modern farmhouse. Farmhouse furniture may also use metals, such as iron or steel, to add some visual interest.
When it comes to desks, there are many ways to design a custom piece that will fit a farmhouse-style home. You could have it built in maple, pine, walnut, or oak, which are all popular wood options for farmhouse desks. If you want the farmhouse desk to have a more rustic look, we can help you source some reclaimed wood that has unique details, such as saw marks, nail holes, or a weathered color.
Farmhouse furniture design is characterized by its simplicity, but that doesn’t mean a farmhouse desk needs to be boring. It just means that you won’t want to incorporate a lot of ornate details. Clean lines are key, as is a design that isn’t too “heavy” looking. In the past, we’ve designed farmhouse desks with a classic x-brace pattern on the sides—similar to what you would find on a barn door—and some with tops made from reclaimed oak. When it comes to hardware for your farmhouse desk, most people opt for drawer pulls in a simple style in black or oil rubbed bronze. However, a more decorative vintage-style drawer pull could also look great.
At Three Pines, we can help you design a farmhouse desk for your San Diego, Ramona, or Poway home that has all the elements you want. We can create a realistic rendering for you to approve before we begin construction, and we will build it to your exact specifications, so it fits perfectly in your home.
Craftsmanship Is Key in Farmhouse Desks
Another thing that sets true farmhouse-style furniture apart is its craftsmanship. These are well-made, quality pieces that will last for many years. Here at Three Pines Wood Co., we focus on quality with every piece of furniture we make. We use quality materials and traditional construction methods to provide you with a piece that is beautiful as well as durable. A desk made from cheap, stapled-together particle board may look decent for little while, but it will start to break down fairly quickly.
Desks, probably more than any piece of furniture in your house, will see regular—often heavy—use. You want your desk to be solidly built so it still looks great many years from now. The top should be made from solid wood and finished with a protective coating. If the desk has drawers, you want to make sure quality drawer guides are used. The drawer boxes themselves should be made using traditional joinery for stability and durability.
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