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Goodbye Modern Farmhouse, Hello California Casual

You’ve seen it, the clean white homes with the black windows – the classic modern farmhouse home style that has taken over new build and remodel architectural style. We love this ranch style for its clean and crisp look, but home style is evolving. Say hello to… California Casual.

Modern Farmhouse homes have been popular because they are relatively simple architectural builds, often being most cost-effective for the cleanest look.

Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Home

  • Black Windows
  • Board & Batten Exterior Siding, typically painted white
  • Shiplap Wall Treatments
  • White Walls
  • Rustic Wood Accents
  • Simple Design / Open Floor Plan
  • Matte Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze Finishes
  • Light Wood Flooring

What we’re LOVING is the evolution of the Modern Farmhouse style to a more curated and relaxed California ranch style. It is really taking a cookie-cutter build and adding layers to create a more unique and personalized design, rooted in all things California cool.

Elements of a California Casual Home

  • Neutral & earthy color palettes with an ode to European design elements
  • A combo of white oak and painted cabinetry
  • Minimalist design elements for a calming look that accentuates the outdoors. Attention to trim details
  • Elements of Transitional design, brought in through small details and layers to feel more intentional and curated
  • Indoor-Outdoor living features
  • Decor through vintage pieces and greenery
 Diaz + Alexander Studio and Anastasia Ratia

We love this earthy transition in design – what do you think?! Let us know in the comments below. If you’re looking to make some California Casual updates to your home, we can help!


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