How to Bring Yankee Style to a Home Anywhere

How to Bring Yankee Style to a Home Anywhere

Yankee style isn’t merely a regional thing (although it does arise in New England); it is a state of mind. It’s simple, upright, hardworking, no-nonsense, possibly even a little flinty. Shaker furniture is your ultimate Yankee aesthetic: spare, beautiful, practical and well made.

Yankee style is Hollywood Regency’s polar opposite, but it shares some similarities with cottage, country and farmhouse styles. It’s warm and inviting but not lavish, cozy but not cushy, practical but not sleek.

Yankee style may be the least show-offy of the bunch. Just like a fantastic blue blood, it does not like to draw attention to itself.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Yankee style is frequently, but not necessarily, colonial style. This contemporary colonial living area is unfussy Yankee all the way, from its columns into its geometric layout.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Conventional furnishings (nothing flashy or trendy, please) from a black wall. The look is elegant but understated.

Michelle Jamieson Interiors / New England Style

A plain farmhouse table and a no-nonsense china cupboard on a bare wood floor. Martha Washington will be proud.

Joan Heaton Architects

This entryway is a homage to the Yankee way of existence. Hard work is reflected in the farm resources, vertical living in the church pew bench. The colour scheme itself is muted, earthy and discreet.

Witt Construction

Still another Yankee-inspired entryway. Read: You are now entering a self indulgent and richly impeccable house.

Yvonne McFadden LLC

Tall colonial windows, vertical furniture, a pristine setting and unadorned wood floors. This room may be in the South, however also it beats a Yankee heart.

Whitten Architects

This kitchen is functionally modern, but its style — classic New England beadboard, plain wood floors, Shaker-style cabinets and a farmhouse sink — hark back into colonial times.

Su Casa Designs

The shingles and the simple, no-fuss furniture tell us that this covered porch is north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Whitten Architects

This porch in Maine is the epitome of Yankee opulence: solid materials and a lovely view of character. No further adornment is necessary.

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