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Tile for Every Style: Modern Farmhouse

Cozy, comfy–and chic! Modern farmhouse decor is about creating a home that connects you to the tradition of living off the land (even if your home is in the middle of the city). Rustic and weathered looks paired with calming neutrals are central to modern farmhouse, but more and more we’re seeing people incorporate color and contemporary details to personalize this style.

From realistic wood-look tile to charming patterns–read on for nine ideas on how to use tile to achieve an authentic modern farmhouse aesthetic in every area of your home.

1. Wood-Looks Everywhere

Organic materials and textures are essential to the modern farmhouse style, but some areas–like bathrooms and mudrooms–might not be suitable for hardwood floors. A wood-look porcelain tile or luxury vinyl tile combines the rustic look of hardwood with superior durability. Waterproof and stain-resistant, these materials will keep your bathroom, mudroom or deck looking nice through the years and won’t trap bacteria, like real wood can.

This farmhouse-style bathroom features porcelain floor tiles in a realistic wood-look beige tone.
Featuring: Truewood Beige. Design & Photography by Haneen Matt of Haneen’s Haven.

2. Make the Hearth the Focal Point

This living room with its white walls and wood accents is classic modern farmhouse style, but the real showstopper is the charming fireplace. The Look Avio tile is expertly incorporated for a pop of color that complements rather than detracts from the minimalist appeal of the space. With its emphasis on simplicity, you’ll want to use color sparingly, but the rich, natural blue-green tones in this tile perfectly enhance this living space.

This bright and airy living room features white walls and a green handmade-look tiled fireplace.
Featuring: Look Oliva. Design and photography by Petta Building & Design.
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3. Perfectly Imperfect Details

Texture is a great way to add interest to a style that’s primarily centered around neutral colors and natural accents. Handmade and handmade-look tiles are characterized by variations in surface and color, giving them a perfectly imperfect appearance that will add lots of visual texture to your space. This charming kitchen uses handmade-look tile for both the backsplash and on the kitchen island. Notice how the light plays off the surfaces of the tile, illuminating the variation between each piece.

This is a modern farmhouse kitchen featuring blue and white handmade-look tile.
Featuring: Riad White and Look Avio. Design and Photography by I SPY DIY.

4. Add Pattern

If you’re under the impression that pattern has no place in modern farmhouse decor, think again. Many patterned tiles fit this aesthetic. The Star floor tile used in this chic mudroom complements the blonde wood tones and black baskets. The pattern invokes classic Americana while still being neutral enough to incorporate into the modern farmhouse style.

A modern farmhouse mudroom featuring wooden benches and shelving and a white with black star patterned tile.
Featuring: Star. Design and photography by Haus of Rowe Interiors.

5. Marble Mosaics

Elevate your modern farmhouse style with a simple, yet lush marble mosaic, like the Sampson Mosaic tile shown here. The open shelves along the backsplash are functional and chic. The beige and whites in the mosaic tile match the whites of the counters and the gold hardware, while the basketweave motif invokes a classic homespun look that is enhanced by the elegance of the marble.

Kitchen counter and shelf with cups, cutting board and other cooking elements before white and beige marble basketweave tile.
Featuring: Sampson Mosaic. Design by Timber Trails Development Company. Photography by John and Maura Stoffer.

6. Embrace Moody Neutrals

Although it’s characterized by bright whites and soft neutrals, modern farmhouse style has room for more moody colors. Deep grey, green and blue can all be used to add a dramatic flair to your design. The Silver Hex floor tile is the perfect choice for this elegant powder room designed by I SPY DIY. The shape of the mirror is repeated in the floor tiles and the grey is complemented by the purplish-grey of the wainscoting and trim. With the wooden accents and basin sink, this room exudes rustic charm.

A modern farmhouse bathroom with purplish-grey wainscoting, abstract floral wallpaper and silver hexagon floor tile.
Featuring: Silver Hex. Design and photography by I SPY DIY.

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7. Distressed Stone

One of the hallmarks of modern farmhouse design is embracing the architectural details of your home, but if you don’t live in an 1800s farmhouse, you can use tile to create truly rustic-looking stone features. The Claros Silver, a tumbled travertine subway tile, shown here looks like it’s authentic to the house. The tumbled finish gives this stone a distressed look that adds character to this bright and inviting bathroom designed by Coco & Jack.

This bathroom features a tumbled travertine tile floor for a rustic look.
Featuring: Claros Silver. Design & Photography by Coco & Jack.

8. Showcase Your Linens

Nothing embodies a summer day on the farm like crisp, clean linens hung out to dry. Bring that fresh linen feel into your home with the crisp-white lace patterned Morris & Co. Pure Net Linen tile. This ornate tile was inspired by 1800th-century wallpaper designs and is the perfect way to add a twist to your modern farmhouse style.

Kitchen sink before patterned wall tile and window.
Featuring: Morris & Co. Pure Net Linen.

9. White Subway Tile

Sleek and versatile, white subway tile lends itself to a myriad of styles, making it a perfect choice if you feel you might want a room refresh before you’re ready to reno your entire space. The Royal Satin White marble subway tile backsplash embodies the organic texture and authentic materials that are a trademark of modern farmhouse style. The off-white cabinets and vintage picture frame complete the aesthetic. We can imagine sitting down for a good meal and a good chat in this homey kitchen!

This homey kitchen features a white marble subway tile backsplash and cream-colored cabinets.
Featuring: Royal Satin White. Design By Rashida Banks. Photography by Antwon Maxwell Photography.

Inspired to incorporate modern farmhouse elements into your next remodel? It’s easier than ever to make your design dreams a reality with our free design services. Or, explore even more whimsical patterns in real spaces on our Customer Room Gallery and Instagram!

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