Looking to ramp up your classroom decor for the next school year and don’t know where to start? Or are you just looking to save some time trying to find some ideas on that perfect farmhouse inspired classroom decor?
I have always had a passion for decorating bulletin boards, and in creating warm and inviting spaces in my classroom. And if you’re like me, you spend hours planning your classroom, visualizing how you’re going to set it up, what it’s going to look like, and what supplies you need to pull it altogether.
I start thinking about it months in advance. Like I said, it’s a passion. It takes hours of planning and preparation, then time to buy the supplies, and finally, to get into the room and decorate. Last year I was in my classroom a whole week to get it organized and set up. But, the feeling that I had when I was done made it all worth it. I think of my classroom like my second home.
During the week, I spend most of my time in that space. I want to walk into it, along with my students, and feel safe, calm, and happy!
In the past, I have been inspired by big, bold and bright colors (hence the Eric Carle classroom theme). I have had brown or black bulletin boards for the past few years or so with colorful accents (shabby chic, woodland animals theme, etc.). I still want to stay with the same feel, so for next year…yes, I know it’s a bit early, but as I said, in the planning stages of finding inspiration…I’m leaning toward the farmhouse inspired decor.
Why I love this theme
With this trend currently in full effect in just about every home everywhere, I decided to take advantage of that. It means LOTS of inspiration and there are so many places to find decor to fit this theme. However, I also don’t want my classroom looking like any other cookie cutter classroom out of the teacher store magazine (and I’m assuming you don’t want that either…that’s why you’re here!).
Another advantage to this theme is the neutral colors (black, white, gray, and brown). They are perfect for being able to buy organization supplies and go with any theme. I actually began buying all of my bins and drawer storage systems in black a few years ago for this very reason. I simply switch out a few baskets to add a little accent color and I’m good to go!
You can check out where I found these storage items in my post 10 things Every Teacher Needs.
Farmhouse Inspired Blogs
This is a list of 5 teaching blogs I have found that have beautiful ideas for creating a farmhouse inspired classroom theme of your very own! You can simply save the ideas for later and/or begin buying some of the materials you need a little at a time (and shop sales) before the next school year. That’s the real reason I decided to start ahead of time this year. Last year, I missed all of the sales and had to shop last minute to find all of the things I needed. It was right up to the wire trying to get everything, and what a hassle.
Much like April, I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Fixer Upper. If you’re here, I hope you are too! On this blog, she provides more of an idea list of what items you could put in your classroom for this theme and the types of materials and colors to consider. It’s a great place to start.
Her theme is warm and inviting yet subtle. She has a simple color palette of black and white with a hint of yellow, green and blue, but has a wonderful mix of chevron, polka dots, and striped patterns. And she used wrapping paper for some of her bulletin boards. Love!
I love the shiplap bulletin board paper mixed with burlap that Michelle uses throughout the room. The pop of blue and teal with the brown and black is very calm and welcoming. So many good things about this classroom tour, including her idea to spray paint her bins from the dollar store to look like galvanized metal. Genius!
Erica is a teacher blogger I have been following since the start of my teaching career. I mentioned her in my Top 13 Teacher Blogs for Early Childhood post because she’s a 1st grade teacher that has lots of great resources. It has been fun seeing how her classroom has evolved through the years. I wasn’t surprised when I saw her stunning farmhouse classroom! She has links for EVERYTHING in her classroom. Such a great jumping off point for inspiration.
When I first started teaching, she was just a teacher who was blogging and creating amazing room transformations. Now, you may recognize some of her work from various teacher stores. But, I still love to use her for inspiration and ideas. Right now, I’m loving her Industrial Chic and Sunshine themes, but there have been sooo many I have adored in the past. So, if you’re not quite sure you want to stick with the farmhouse theme, check out her blog for more ideas!