I have had my barn for approximately 4 years and in that time I’ve discovered several tips to making your barn look trendy and coordinated without spending too much or having too much clutter! These are my 10 tips to help you achieve a barn you love!
1. EMBRACE THE SHABBY CHIC STYLE:
It’s hard NOT to be sad when you see all these lux barns with chandeliers and stalls with sheetrock walls because, who doesn’t want that!? The only con to barns like these is they take a lot of money in build and upkeep. So it’s always good to have an open mind. Don’t let things like full wood stalls or poor lighting dishearten you!
2. WHITE HELPS HEAL SPACES
I am a huge lover of white walls. They do wonders for a space and horse barns are ideal because there’s so many areas to paint! I have an almost completely white barn interior and it makes the space look so bright! Don’t be worried of a little dirt, remember to embrace the shabby!
3. WORK WITH AS MUCH WOOD AS POSSIBLE
I have all wood stalls, other than the locks, everything is made completely from cedar planks. As well as this, my stalls are low set because of my minis so it didn’t take as long to set up as floor to ceiling stalls would have. But I cannot stress how much you will save by DIY-ing your own stalls as opposed to buying ones.
4. FIND YOUR COLOUR AND STICK WITH IT
Nothing looks more put together than coordinating colours. As I’m sure you’ve guessed mine is pink. I use red for exterior things but my interior is almost all pink with pops of blue. This is a really easy technique to use because there are so many colour options for almost everything equestrian. If you find pink isn’t your colour I’d suggest rich colours like red, navy or a deep hunter green.
5. FIND FUN PURCHASES THAT ARE PRACTICAL
A few months ago I came across a really fun glittery hay bag from presidents choice and it totally fit the fun girly theme of my barn!
6. DECORATE WITH PRACTICALITY
I’ve tried decorating with big flower pots and cute little horse sculptures in my window sills but I always regret it! Big bulky useless things get in the way and get broken. So now I work with equestrian items for styling such as saddle covers. But hanging pictures are also amazing. I found this canvas picture at HomeSense for $9.99 and it matched my style to a T!
7. SHOP AT AFFORDABLE PLACES
For the BRIEF time Target was in Canada I found so many amazing pieces to put in my barn that were adorable, and they were all in the One Dollar section! But you can find cute dust pans and brooms, organizing boxes, twinkle lights and cleaning supplies for way cheaper than any farm supply store! Because let’s face it, theres gonna be at least one horse who gets out occasionally in no time, and they will be ruthless.
8. SHOW OFF YOUR TACK
We all love our tack! So don’t hide it in trunks or big ugly bags! Leave it out to fit the aesthetic of your space!
9. WINDOWS LET IN LIFE
I’m almost sure every barn has windows and we all know how much bugs like to congregate and die in the sills and leave cobwebs and fly poop all over the glass. (I’m resentful, can you tell?) But it’s easy to forget how much a clean window does to a space! They bring in the most amazing natural light and will make the entire barn look cleaner!
10. DON’T FOCUS ON A STYLE
You may see my barn and love everything about it and then go on the hunt to find everything that I have. Please don’t do this! Find things that you love and you’ll find your style in the process. You’ll fall in love with the way you develop your own barn and I wish you the best of luck in the process!