19 Essentials for Setting a Modern Farmhouse Table

19 Essentials for Setting a Modern Farmhouse Table

Simple, clean, chic, cozy, and warm are all words often used to describe farmhouse design aesthetics. Under the umbrella of this design style—which is inspired by traditional European farmhouses from as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries—fall two categories: traditional and modern.

Traditional farmhouses typically feature rustic accents like darker reclaimed wood, deep greens, blues, and browns, brass accents, and antique pieces. Modern farmhouse aesthetics, on the other hand, often showcase more subtle and neutral color palettes, softer accents, and clean lines. It’s a style you’ll find in spades throughout our dinnerware and tabletop collections, but there’s enough flexibility for everyone to blend the bits they love to match their own personal aesthetic.

If you want to try incorporating the modern farmhouse aesthetic into your space but don’t know where to begin, start small. First up: Your dinner table. Just add in some neutral, textured dinnerware, warm pops of color, and handmade accents (and remember, there’s really no wrong way to do it). For inspiration, we’ve pulled together 19 of our favorite modern farmhouse-inspired tabletop pieces from our Shop.

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1. Uashmama Essential Placemats, $56+

Let’s work from the base up. These placemats come in a large range of soft colors that will easily complement any neutral color palette, plus three shapes (Oval, Rectangle, and Square). They’re crafted in Italy from waxed paper, which gives them a one-of-a-kind texture and they’re easy to clean.

2. French Ceramic Melon Pitcher, $135

Add a little touch of whimsy to your farmhouse setup with this colorful melon pitcher. It’s classic enough to not stray too far from the antique and rustic influences of traditional and modern farmhouse looks while being bright enough to stand out as an eye-catching pop of color.

3. June & December Chicory Flour Sack Cotton Napkins, $46

These cotton napkins are a fun way to add a pattern to a farmhouse-inspired table. They showcase a vintage-style pattern that fits in with the antique aesthetic while still being subdued enough to not cross the line between traditional and eccentric. The napkins come as a set of four and are available in four pastel colorways—Tangerine, Meadow, Cabbage, and Moss.

4. Bee Wine Glasses, Set of 6, $71+

Now that your table linens are set, it’s time to sort out the place settings. These adorable wineglasses pair modern design with French country flair, and give a nod towards nature, with Provençal bees embossed on each glass. Whether you’re drinking red, white, or rosé, these are vessels to consider for any farmhouse table.

5. Friso Ceramic Dinnerware, $98+

Mix and match neutrals with this ceramic dinnerware set. Available in a crisp white, earthy sage, and soft grey, you’re able to customize each table setting as you please to nail the color scheme you’re dreaming up. The set is available as a full 16-piece bundle or can be bought in groups of four.

6. Veranda Outdoor Pitcher & Tumblers, $48

Next up: glasses. Keep your drinkware simple and classic with these tumblers. Whether you go with the clear, green, or a soft amber hue, they’ll fit in with the rest of the table design you’re building. Made of Tritan copolyester, they’re shatterproof and lightweight, too.

7. American-Made Woodstock Flatware, $48+

Brushed metal is an accent found in many farmhouse-inspired homes, so this cutlery set was an easy choice. The playful curves and matte, not-too-shiny finish dress up your dinner table without making it feel stuffy or too delicate.

8. Handcrafted Wooden Bowls, $325

Available in three different wood shades, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your specific farmhouse-inspired look. The White, Ash Wood goes well with a coastal or modern farmhouse look, the Grey, Ash Wood is perfect for an industrial or traditional farmhouse look, and the exclusive-to-Food52 Ashwood shade has French farmhouse written all over it. Alternatively, if you want a salad bowl and mezzaluna combo, try this Handcrafted Mezzaluna Chopper & Salad Bowl.

9. Flower Salad Servers, $55

Designed by Selena Liu, carved from sapel wood, and then oiled. Need we say more?

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10. Farmhouse Pottery Handmade Ceramic Butter Keeper, $115

When it comes to nailing a design aesthetic, it always boils down to the details. Instead of passing the butter around the table on a plate or in its carton, try this ceramic butter keeper. Not only does the rustic, white glaze and exposed-clay combination align with the farmhouse look, but it’ll also keep your butter fresh at room temperature for a month or so.

11. Hand-Blown Recycled Glass Cake Stand, $44

If you’re serving dessert, this glass cake stand is worth a look. The low-to-the-table design keeps things streamlined, soft, and simple, while the hand-blown design and earthy, green tint is captivating enough to draw eyes (and compliments!).

12. Palermo Gold Rim Glassware, $66+

Traditional, clean, and vintage-inspired, these cocktail glasses are a perfect fit for any farmhouse-inspired table.

13. Handturned Wood Candle Holder, $65+

Add one last piece of flair to the table with a couple of these hand-turned wood candle holders. The clean curves, sleek profile, and balanced design have all the elements of a modernist sculpture, and the visible wood graining and light natural finishes create a warm, cozy feel—it’s modern farmhouse in a nutshell, if you ask us.

14. Five Two Everyday Soft Cotton Table Runner, $45 $25+

Give a nod to traditional table settings with a cotton runner. They’re made from 100 percent cotton, are available in five farmhouse-style colors, and feature a vintage-inspired hemstitched detail that adds a subtle texture to the table. (See all of our favorite Five Two products on sale now.)

15. French Ceramic Oil Cruet, $50+

Keep your go-to oil safe, sound, and displayed chicly on your table with this French oil cruet. The mix of glossy glaze and natural, textured ceramic makes it an effortless add to any farmhouse-inspired setup.

16. Mojave Stripe Belgian Linen Napkins, Set of 6, $210

Simple, chic, and with a perfectly worn-in look, these linen napkins scream farmhouse to us. They’re feather-soft with an open-weave construction, have offset stripes (that’s right, this means you can fold the napkins in different configurations without it looking off), and are made of 100 percent Belgian linen.

17. Emile Henry French Butter Pot, $65

Keep your butter at room temp (perfect for spreading) with this French butter pot from Emile Henry. Available in both white and red, this small piece can make a big impact on your table design—it’s a seamless blend of design and function.

18. Cabbage Sauceboat, $45

Some people might think that pieces like this belong more in a maximalist or eclectic home, but we think quirky, produce-adjacent dinnerware like a cabbageware sauceboat is a natural addition to any modern farmhouse table.

19. Blomus Nona Mini Porcelain Vases (Set of 3), $29

Add some flowers or dried blooms to your table with the help of this mini vase trio. They’re all built from matte, unglazed porcelain and were tailor-made to complement each other.

This article was updated in August 2023 with more modern farmhouse selections from our Shop.

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