Preserve Fruits and Veggies Better in a Samsung Refrigerator

Preserve Fruits and Veggies Better in a Samsung Fridge

Keeping fruit and vegetables in ripe condition after a couple of days seems like an almost impossible feat. The moment you leave the store, the fruits already seem like they’ve aged. So, doing your part to preserve produce properly will help you keep them delicious for longer, and hopefully, you’ll never need to waste any ever again.

With the assistance of a Samsung Refrigerator and its extra-large capacity (some have enough room to fit up to 28 bags of groceries), you’ll find that storing your fruits and vegetables for more than a week won’t leave you with a mouldy problem.

Follow these guidelines to help preserve your fruits and vegetables like a pro in your awe-inspiring Samsung Refrigerator.

Separate the fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies may mix together well for a diet, but when it comes to them being in the same drawer, they couldn’t be worse for each other. As fruits slowly age, they give off an ethylene gas which helps them ripen but ultimately makes vegetables spoil quickly. So, whatever you do, separate your fruits and vegetables into different drawers in your Samsung Refrigerator.

Let Them Have Space

After a big grocery trip, it’s easy to just shove everything in the refrigerator and call it a day. But your healthy treats need space in order to last a while, so storing them without a strategy could cause them to rot rather quickly.

On a positive note, most Samsung refrigerators are built with an immense amount of space, so finding room for all your vegetables and fruit shouldn’t be an issue.

As long as you do the following with your produce before storing, you should be fine:

  • Remove any ties and rubber bands
  • Cut leafy ends off
  • Allow for a good airflow by poking holes in bags
  • No need to refrigerate your tomatoes

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Use Its Advanced Technology

Refrigeration has evolved so that your fruits and vegetables can stay cooler and fresher for longer. With Samsung’s advanced technology, your food will stay fresh for twice as long. Because there is 70 percent humidity in these fridges, opposed to 30 percent in a conventional fridge, your food will never dry out. Produce will look so good that after a couple days, you won’t even be able to tell how long they’ve been sitting in your fridge.

Humidity Controlled Crisper Drawers

For those fruits and veggies that need extra attention, find a Samsung refrigerator with Humidity Controlled Crisper Drawers. The compartments will help keep your produce crisp and fresh while providing a generous amount of space for all your greens and goodies.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your produce in good condition for more than a couple days, look no further than Samsung refrigerators. They have the capacity, the storage setup, and the advanced technology to prevent your produce from going bad. Come by our store to see which Samsung fridge will fit into your home and your lifestyle.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How GE Induction Cooktops Work

How GE Induction Cooktops Work

Do you believe in magic? No, we aren’t talking about your favourite “Harry Potter” film, we’re, of course, talking about GE Induction Cooktops.

Through the power of induction, these cooktops offer state-of-the-art cooking technology – combined with stylish designs – that will easily elevate your cooking into magical territory.

But how does an induction cooktop work? What does it do? And how can it change your kitchen and cooking, for the better, forever? Let’s dive behind the scenes and take a look!

Magnetic Magic

Time for a little science lesson. Again, while induction might seem like a mystic art, it’s actually powered by magnets. The cooking elements produce a magnetic field. And when you place a metal pan – of the correct size and type of metal – on it, the electrons in the pan will vibrate and make heat. See, it’s science, not magic!

As for the cooking surface itself? It doesn’t make the heat. It all happens in the pan, and the element can’t function without the pan there.

It’s Elemental, Watson

GE Induction Cooktops have not one, not two, but five different induction cooking elements. What this means is that you have five different surfaces that are safer to use and touch – given they don’t heat without the pan – and that you’ll be able to easily clean.

Each element has individual timers, so if you love making complex multi-course meals, or just want to cook five different pots of macaroni and cheese at the same time, GE has you covered. The cooktops also have pan removal detection, so your cooktop will know when you’ve removed a pan and turn the burner level off accordingly.

Pan removal detection on GE induction cooktops

Promethean Fire

On traditional stovetops, controlling heat can be tricky, especially on cooktops and stoves that don’t have precise heating control. That’s not the case here, though. GE Induction Cooktops have a melt setting, which allows you to heat up delicate foods without having them burn or get scorched. If you ask us, it’s a melt made in heaven.

Glide Into Action

Old, analogue methods of controlling cooktops are so 1990-late. GE cooktops have electronic controls that let you manage how hot each element is getting, all with an easy swipe. That’s right, touch control just came to your cooktop, and you’ll never want to go back to old-fashioned knobs and buttons again.

Boiling water with a GE induction cooktop

Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew

Let’s take a second and be honest: Life is busy, and sometimes there just isn’t time left in a day to wait for water to boil. Well, GE Induction Cooktops have a solution for that, too. With an 11” 3700W heating element – GE’s most powerful induction element — these cooktops were made to bring water to a boil before the pot even knows what hit it.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

6 Unexpected Items You Can and Can’t Wash in a Whirlpool Laundry Machine

6 Unexpected Items You Can and Can't Wash in a Whirlpool Laundry Machine

You’ve been washing clothes your whole life. Deep down inside, you probably think of yourself as a washing warrior, and that you long ago mastered the secret art of what you can – and cannot – put in the washer.

Well, guess again. We bet that there are some things on this list that will surprise even the most hardened laundry veteran. Sure, everybody knows bras and bathing suits can’t go in the wash, but here’s a list of a few more unexpected items that you either can – or really, really can’t– put in a Whirlpool washer.

Do: Mop Heads

Just because mops handle cleaning on their own, doesn’t mean that you can’t give them a little break and clean them, too. Double-check the mop head just to be sure, but most removable mop heads can be thrown in the wash, and that way they can live on to clean another day.

Don’t: Flammable stains

Unless you are trying to turn your washer and dryer into a Canada Day fireworks celebration, flammable stains should be kept out of them. That means things like paint thinner, gasoline, motor oil, cooking oil, and alcohol are all out. Again, unless you really want to launch your Whirlpool washing machine into outer space.

Don't put flammable stains in your laundry machine

Do: Oven Mitts

Oven mitts can easily become prime territory for caked-on, hard-to-clean stains. Lasagna, pizza, and most foods you pull out of the oven seem to be made to spill, and going in and out of the heat of the oven means those stains quickly become annoying to clean.

Don’t do it by hand! Throw those mitts in the washer, and let the Whirlpool laundry machine handle the hard work.

Don’t: Coins

That jingle-jangle noise you hear when you are moving your giant pile of clothes from the hamper to the washing machine? It’s not the pitter-patter of reindeer on the roof. That’s the noise of little armies of pain that are about to descend on your poor washing machine.

You always want to make sure to go through your pockets for any loose change – or gum or other stray products for that matter – before putting clothes in the washer. Coins can mess up your washing machine, and you’ll have to save a whole lot of pennies to go out and buy a new one. Keep a little coin jar by the laundry, and treat yourself to some coffee after a few months, instead.

Washing Yoga Mats

Do: Yoga Mats

After you’ve finished your daily downward facing dog and frequent frog pose, don’t just roll up your yoga mat. You could be tightly rolling it up with all the sweat and perspiration from your workout still in there, and if you use your mat frequently, there’s no reason to leave it with all those nasty germs that could easily be knocked out in a quick wash.

Again, you’ll just want to double-check to make sure, but most yoga mats are A-OK to put in the washer.

Don’t: Car keys

Batteries + washer = bad idea. You always want to make sure to check your pockets – yes, all pockets on each item of clothing – before throwing a load in the wash, just to make sure that you didn’t leave anything in there that could damage other clothes, or the Whirlpool washer itself.

As for keys, any remote or anything attached to them that have batteries are already a bad idea, but the keys could also pinch, puncture, poke, or otherwise destroy other articles of clothing. Check your pockets twice, if you have to.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

5 Reasons to Get a Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Set from Bosch

5 Reasons to Get a Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Set from Bosch

Stainless steel has been a kitchen mainstay across the country for decades now, but over the past few years, its sleek, stylish sibling “black stainless” has been taking over in a big way. “It’s the fastest growing appliance colour,” says Mark Allwood of Consumer Reports. “There’s been a 1,000 percent increase in black stainless-steel models on the market in the past two years.”

As high-quality brands like Bosch continue to adopt the option, the appeal of black stainless just keeps growing. For anyone looking for a new kitchen set, Bosch’s line of black stainless appliances really is a no brainer. The sleek, timeless design of Bosch appliances and the contemporary cool of black stainless combine to create a kitchen that’s as elegant as it is efficient. But if you still aren’t sure, check out these five reasons why your next kitchen redo should feature a black stainless set by Bosch.

1) It’s Easy to Take Care of

If you’ve ever owned stainless steel appliances, you know what a hassle it can be to keep them clean. Streaks, scratches, and sticky fingers can take a real toll on your beautiful stainless steel, quickly dulling its natural shine. With black stainless steel appliances from Bosch, those fears will be a thing of the past. These appliances aren’t made with a simple foil coating, they’re made of a special material that resists scratches and fingerprint marks to keep your kitchen looking better than ever.

2) It Matches Everything

A Bosch black stainless appliance set goes well with everything, and we mean EVERYTHING. White walls? Check. Bold cabinet colours? Check. Contemporary kitchen? Definitely. Rustic inspired style? A great way to add a modern touch! Black stainless really can do it all, and it’s a great way to pull together a kitchen, no matter the style. You know what they say—black is the new black!

5 Reasons to Get a Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Set from Bosch

3) It’s Hip

The black stainless appliance trend started in Europe a few years back, and it’s been slowly making its way west ever since. Not only do black appliances embody a contemporary cool that American kitchens are always striving for, they have a certain unbeatable European elegance about them that’s impossible to resist. Plus, even though the trend is gaining popularity fast, we’re still in the early years of the black stainless steel-explosion. That means you’ll be way ahead of the curve when the trend really makes it big time!

4) It Makes Décor Stand Out

In addition to being works of art in their own right, black stainless appliances can also be arranged to take a supporting role to your favourite accent pieces. Like a black velvet jewelry box, black stainless makes the gems in your kitchen pop. Whether that means your painstakingly painted cabinets, a one-of-a-kind antique table, or your kids’ artistic masterpieces, black stainless provides a perfect backdrop for the most important things in your home.

5) It’s Bosch

You’d be getting a full set of Bosch appliances! Need we say more? Well loved by home cooks and professional chefs (like Chef Curtis Stone of Top Chef and Take Home Chef fame), Bosch has made a name for itself as a brand that’s as excellent as it is elegant. A Bosch kitchen really is a pro-kitchen, and all style aside, if you get a black stainless appliance set from Bosch, you know you’ll be investing in a reliable kitchen set that will serve your family well years to come.

So don’t wait! Get started on that kitchen reno and take your style to the next level with black stainless steel appliances from Bosch. Your future kitchen awaits you!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Maytag Washer

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Have you ever bought something from a store thinking you got EXACTLY what you needed only to realize too late that it was not at all what you were looking for? That happens way too often, and the best solution to prevent that from happening is to ask the store and product specialists lots of questions.

So, when you are in the midst of buying a new Maytag washer, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want to help you make the correct decision. It’s your money and your time on the line, so always make sure you know what you’re buying before making a final purchase.

Always remember, we specialized in appliances to answer these questions with precision and accuracy, and are always happy to help.

Here are a few questions we thought would be important to have the answers to before choosing which Maytag Washer is right for you:

1) Should I get a front-load or top-load washing machine?

The answer to this question isn’t simple. It depends on your personal preferences, home size, family size, and more. If you have a small space, getting a front-load washing machine would be perfect for stacking with a dryer and saving room in your home.

Front-load washers are also good for saving water and energy. An average wash cycle contains about 21 gallons of water in a front-load washer, while top-load washers use about 25 gallons.

If you have a large family, you must consider how many loads you’ll be washing in the long run.

If you tend to not have as much time on your hands, Maytag top-load washers are significantly faster than front-load washers and even allow you to stop the cycle to add clothes.

Figure out which one will go best with your lifestyle to come up with an answer. Again, let us know your circumstances and we will be able to give you our opinions on what will work best for your home!

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Maytag Washer

2) What features will make my life easiest?

Knowing and understanding what your Maytag washer is capable of is important for obvious reasons. The features are there for you to take advantage of, but if you don’t even know what they do, how can you make the most of them? Visit our store and speak to a sales associate about what features you’re interested in. The more you know, the more fulfilling your washing experience will be.

On the other hand, if you get a washer with way too many features that you don’t ever plan to use, there’s no point in overcomplicating your life with that. Find out what you need out of a washing machine and if the one you want can handle it.

3) Is this washer energy efficient?

Getting a washer that’s energy efficient will both beneficial to you and the environment. You’ll eventually save more money in the long run with an eco-friendly washer. Ask this question if you’re interested in being energy and water efficient with your next washer – and maybe even in saving yourself a little money every year.

How much does a washer cost

4) How much?

It would be awful to pick out a specific Maytag washer and dryer if it wasn’t in your budget to buy them. The next time you’re in our store looking for a washing machine, let your sales associate know what your budget is. This way, they’ll show you what options are available to you but still in your price range.

Remember to always ask questions when you’re out shopping for a new product. The more you know, the better you can choose what’s best for you, and the happier you’ll be. Stop by our store and let us help you through this process, we look forward to your questions!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How Aging Affects Your Sleep Patterns

How Aging Affects Your Sleep Patterns

As a teenager, you could sleep through gale force winds, earthquake tremors and jackhammers. What happened to that “I can sleep anywhere at the drop of a dime”?

“Youth is wasted on the young” is an old saying probably shouted out by a retired person with lots of time on their hands but suffers from aches, pains, and sleepless nights! Although everyone’s sleep needs are different and may change with age, The National Sleep Foundation states that “It is a common misconception that sleep needs decline with age.” For the average 40-year-old, the metabolism begins to slow down, wear and tear on joints becomes an issue, as does a disruptive sleep pattern. Without adequate sleep, at any age, we will experience moodiness, irritability, some degree of memory loss, just to name a few

Studies show that people aged 65 and older have one or more complaints about their quality of sleep. Many will struggle with body pains which prevent a deep sleep, and some toss and turn due to the medications that they are prescribed. Others just get by with a couple of hours of sleep when they were used to so much more.

What are the real disruptors of sleep in older people?

1) Retiring From a Long Career

Retiring From a Long Career

How exciting to have all this time on your hands to enjoy life to the fullest. It’s not always an easy transition, however, if you have always worked consistently over a long period of time and now find yourself free as a bird!

The first thing you do is throw out the alarm that woke you at the crack of dawn every day. You may sleep late and get to bed late into the night. This might be great for the first few weeks or so but getting back into a routine is essential to reset your internal clock and get enough hours of sleep to enjoy your day.

2) Naps

Although naps can be restorative and will offer a boost of energy when you need it, as an older person, you will be needing a nap because you just don’t get much sleep at night. This begins a cycle that will be tough to break. Keeping naps under 20 minutes would be ideal, and earlier in the day so afternoon and evening activities can tire the body and encourage sleep.

3) Illness and Inactivity

Illness and Inactivity

There is nothing more discouraging when you are keen to get things done but illness, injury, and pain prevent you from moving around. Certain conditions like menopause, Alzheimer’s and arthritis already disrupt sleep so when you add inactivity, the body is not burning any energy and sleeplessness sets in.

Movement is important to the body which ultimately affects the well-being of your mind. Grab a friend or a neighbour for daily walks and stretches that will encourage not only proper blood flow and oxygen intake but are great for staying focused and sharp. Joining a gym is a great alternative.

4) Psychological and Emotional Stress

As we age we deal with life issues with less patience and acceptance, and the results include stress and sleeplessness. Life changes like losing a loved one, illness, selling the family home are the most common stressors as we get older.

Constantly worrying about things that are out of our control is the new normal. This creates a cycle of distress that will literally keep us up at night. Finding an outlet to release stressors is essential for everyone. As we age, however, fears, frustrations and worries are more difficult to manage. Getting support from family and friends to help release the stresses that weigh us down and keep us from enjoying the best sleep is a great remedy. Also, joining a group for fun activities and socializing will help with stress and encourage restful sleep.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

How to Wash Your Pillow

How to Wash Your Pillows

When was the last time you threw your pillow into the washing machine? Never, you say? Let’s examine why this should be a regular practice, for your health’s sake!

Let’s be honest. Pillows are a breeding ground for bacteria yet not all are harmful. Moisture is the primary source of most bacteria, and there could be plenty of that during the summer months. Pillows do have a shelf life and if you own any older than two years, make sure that you wash them with some of the methods we describe below. Even if stains are not visible, bacteria are mostly microscopic and can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Here are some tips on how to get your pillows clean.

Read the label

All pillows are not created equal, so it is important to read the manufacturer’s suggested washing instructions. The outer shell or the filling may be dry-cleaning only so it’s important to get this step right to prevent damage to your pillow and your washing machine. Always load two pillows at a time to help balance the washing machine and use a small amount of soap.

Foam Filled Pillows

This variety is not machine washable, however, they always come with an outer zippered case that can be thrown into the wash every week. Whether your pillow is one solid piece of foam or cut up into little morsels, the best way to wash it is to fill a bathtub or large wash basin with mild detergent. The ratio should be 1 teaspoon to a gallon of water, and spot cleaning is always a good idea for stubborn stains. By completely submerging the pillow and squeezing it gently for about 10 minutes, it will get the job done. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear and squeeze out excess moisture. Lay flat to dry out of direct sunlight or heat. Repeat twice a year or when needed.

Foam Filled Pillows (Large)

Down or Fibre Filled Pillows

These can be easily washed in a top or front-loading machine with great results. If your machine has an agitator in the middle, make sure that you place the pillows standing vertically to avoid any damage. Always use a gentle soap, use the gentle cycle with warm water. The fun and noisy part is when you place them in the dryer with clean tennis balls (you should always have some handy for this purpose). The balls will serve to re-fluff your pillows to their original state, keep them moving in the machine and prevent clumping. Make sure the setting is on low heat and that they are thoroughly dry before you use them.

Feather Pillows

Before you toss these in the machine make sure that there are no tears or breaks in the seams or you will have a feathery mess in your washing machine! Using warm water and the gentle cycle will get these clean as can be! Giving them an extra cold-water rinse will seal the deal for removing any soap residue. For additional brightness, adding 1 cup of peroxide, which is a natural whitening agent, and ½ cup of white vinegar to your gentle detergent, your pillows will be restored to their original whiteness!

Don’t toss your yellowing or stained pillows out in the trash but give them a new life with a regular machine or hand-washing!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Play with Fabrics and Patterns on Upholstered Furniture

Fabulous fabrics and perfect patterns How to Elevate your Upholstered Furniture
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Why be boring. When it comes to creating a unique sense of style and character for your home that is all your own one very easy way is by customizing your upholstered furniture. A simple swap with fabulous fabrics can elevate a room and ensure your home is never boring (and totally you!).

Some small projects, like an ottoman, or the cushions on your barstools or dining room chairs are simple enough you can do them yourself or bring in a professional if you’re unsure. Here are some great examples of how a simple swap of fabric can make all the difference to a space or a room.

We’ve talked before about awesome accent chairs can be, and one of the MANY reasons we love them is the opportunity they provide to pick a bold fabric, either in colour, pattern or both!

This luxe leopard print chair is an awesome accent and great way to introduce a little funky without going cat crazy.

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This bench and the chairs in a different fabric really make for a special place to enjoy a meal or cup of tea with family and friends.

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These elegant dining room chairs have a distinct bold fabric that brings your eye right to them. They scream for attention and are a great addition to the room.

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This room has a great combination of fun chairs and awesome ottoman.

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This bold ottoman and striped chair offer up some great contrast and interest to the room.

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Bigger furniture items like sofas or pairs of chairs are definitely best left for the professionals. When you invest in quality items splurging for a fresh fabric update and fluffing up of the cushions every decade or so is always worth it.

Here are some great examples of fresh furniture makeovers using fabric. You’ll note the opportunity to mix and match patterns and colours really shines when you decide to go big and update larger items.

These bold blue wing chairs are a stunning statement in this living room.

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With colour everywhere, this room has a big impact. It is also a great example of how you can combine fabrics in multiple patterns and textures in the same colour family to create harmony. The pop of pink is perfect!

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Very traditional, but very beautiful: this combination of fabrics and use of blue creates the sense of an English country manor home.

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Also traditional, but GREAT use of fabrics in this lovely living room.

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This small space packs a BIG punch with style. Both the living room furniture and the dining room chairs offer up fab fabrics and great punches of colour.

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Inspired to be bold and freshen up your fabrics? We hope so!

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

3 Dining Table Trends to Fall in Love With

Canadel Loft Collection (Large)
Source: Canadel

It is often said that ‘there is no better moment than the present’, and when it comes to choices in dining tables it couldn’t be truer. If you have outgrown your big box store table, or need the perfect table for your new forever home there couldn’t be a better time to invest in a quality dining room table.

Why? There is more choice in ALL THINGS dining table than ever before. So much choice (style, materials, colour, shape, the list goes on!) can make it a bit overwhelming, so we’re looking at what’s trending to help you focus on the table of choice for your home.

Trend #1: Mix It Up

Just like mixing up your dining room chairs, we’re seeing lots of great choices for mixing materials in dining room tables. Imagine a beautiful harvest wood table top with sleek metal legs, or marble table top on a polished wood pedestal …all great ways to add personality, functionality, and style to your unique dining room.

Canadel Eastside Collection (Large)
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Amisco Dining Room Set
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Trend #2: Think Outside the ‘Box’

There is a reason most vintage tablecloths are the same size…tables have been rectangular for generations. It makes sense, most of the time that is. Today, however, we use our dining rooms differently, so it makes sense to change up the shape and think outside the box.

We’re seeing oval and round tables more and more, including some wonderful options with inserts and extension leaves to accommodate more than 4-6 on those rare occasions.

Mix and match dining room set
Source: Leanne Ford

Canadel Downtown Collection
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Trend #3: Making It Your Own

No two homes or families are the same, so having a cookie cutter dining room is no longer the ‘normal’ choice. We’re seeing people redefine what the dining room is and how they use it. We’re seeing more people getting a table top that works for homework and crafting, or going glam and using their best china for every meal – bold choices in both directions and everything in between.

The dining room table should encourage gathering, it should make you want to sit and write on your computer, or eat with friends, or make memories with your kids, or do whatever needs doing.

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The perfect dining room table meets your needs and fits your space, but does so much more. With the amount of choice and opportunities to customize (like Canadel and Amisco offers) in today’s marketplace, there really has never been a better time to choose your perfect dining room table.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

10 Elements That Create the Modern Farmhouse Style in a Home

10 Elements That Create the Modern Farmhouse Style in Your Home (Large)

From the covers of House & Home to the small screen sensation “Fixer Upper,” people just can’t get enough of the modern farmhouse design for homes. But why is the modern farmhouse style so wildly popular?

It’s because of the feeling the look creates.
It’s more than just the design.
It’s casual and easy.
It’s not excessive or overdone.
It’s the combination of old-fashioned looks with modern touches.

While there is no distinct guide as to what makes a house farm style, we have put together our ten elements that can help you give any home that farmhouse-style feel.

Shiplap Walls

Entrée avec murs en shiplap

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If you have ever seen an episode of Fixer Upper you know this element comes without saying. It’s Joanna Gaines’ favourite way to make an otherwise boring space go from ordinary to extraordinary. Its distinct look can make any wall look upscale yet old-fashioned. The best part about it is that it is pretty cheap to recreate in your own home. There are several DIY guides to walk you through step-by-step to ensure you can easily complete that farmhouse-style look.

Wide Plank Floors

The flooring you choose in your home is an important decision, especially when you’re going for the modern farmhouse look. Wide plank flooring, in particular rustic wood floors, is a perfect choice to round-out the farmhouse look you’re trying to achieve. Since most modern farmhouse-style homes boast open, expansive floor plans the larger planks will fit the scale of the room much better than if you were to go with narrow planks of oak or marble tiles.

Interior Barn Doors

Barn door modern farmhouse style

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Sliding barn doors are no longer just for keeping animals inside the barn. They are a popular accent that can make an interior space really stand out. Within the modern farmhouse design, sliding barn doors can be used in place of any interior door to separate and define spaces and can be used as closet doors, cover up bookshelves, storage spaces and media/technology units when not in use.

Shaker-Style Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

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Shaker-style cabinets are perfect for the farmhouse-style kitchen because of their uniquely simple yet attractive features. Painted white, light blue or sage green, and paired with basic hardware, shaker-style kitchen cabinets are the perfect finish to bring your whole farmhouse-style kitchen together.

Farmhouse Sink

The farmhouse sink goes back to the time when sinks were used for cooking, canning, and washing babies. And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to go back to those times? I know I do. Farmhouse sinks are big and open, and oftentimes they have an “apron”. They’re simple, they’re beautiful and their quality is often unmatched.

Metal Elements

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Adding accents to your farmhouse home is where personality and personal style can really shine through into a farmhouse living space. Adding metal accents such as iron, galvanized steel and wire elements in a way that reflect today’s trends and vintage styling can be fun. Bed frames, baskets, stools, wall art and even bookshelves are easy ways to reflect this metallic style in your own way.

Mix and Match of Rustic and Industrial Furniture

Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

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One of the great things about designing a home with a modern farmhouse design is the flexibility to infuse each room with a variety of accents and furniture from two main styles, rustic and industrial. You can have a sleek leather sofa paired with soft knitted pillows or a light fabric sectional with some dark metallic pillows. Almost anything goes with this laid-back modern farmhouse style, no matter what room you’re trying to style. Just remember less is more in most cases.

Natural Textiles

A modern farmhouse room embraces cozy sofas, plump pillows and natural textiles. Worn wood with gorgeous deep grains and grooves, wall art with eye-catching vintage florals, imperfect clear glass and vases, jute and burlap weaved baskets and soft cotton throw blankets are all good opportunities to capture the modern farmhouse look.

Neutral Palette With Dark Accents

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Traditional farmhouses were built quickly and efficiently. Farmers wanted to focus on their work so they avoided spending a lot of time and money on their homes. Instead of splurging for coloured paints and wallpapers, natural or whitewashed wood was used for cost purposed and the speed it took to apply it.

In order to keep with this tradition, modern farmhouse-style homes tend to be light with white or off-white colour that nicely complements the hardwood floors. Feel free to use colours that you personally enjoy, however, try to keep them close to the overall farmhouse colour scheme of neutral or light colours.

Animal Accents

Modern Farmhouse Living Room

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Accents and accessories are absolutely essential to complete this look, but under no circumstances should you try to fit in too many. A well placed oversized print of a farm animal, in pastel or black and white, small wooden animal statues placed next to some greenery on a shelf are all popular and acceptable choices for farmhouse decor. A variety of textures including light-coloured furs and wool mixed with metals and woods will surely give your farmhouse design some depth.

Now it’s your turn! Take these ten essential elements of a modern farmhouse and run with them! Let your creativity get the best of you while incorporating new and old touches to every room in your house. Each room is unique and we suggest you start with the room you and your family spend the most time in, so that you may enjoy the longest.

Most people choose to do their living rooms or kitchens first. Living Rooms are simple because you can generally do most of the work yourself. Throw in some light-coloured paint, replace factory light fixtures with industrial ones and while you’re at it, shiplap that wall your fireplace sits upon. When you start to feel overwhelmed and need a little inspiration just browse through our website and let our sofa and sectional collection inspire your imagination for your farmhouse living area. We’re here to help bring your ideas to life, let us help you choose your next piece of farmhouse furniture.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert