Today’s approach to farmhouse design combines many of the style's classic elements — wide-plank wood floors, exposed beams and rustic wood furnishings, with a much brighter take.Here, H2 Design Build created their own interpretation of a modern farmhouse in the heart of Medina, Washington.

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Designers Leslie Calish and Gayle Leksan of LMK Interiors then furnished the space with a mix of transitional and contemporary pieces, creating a fresh, modern look.

Combining disparate elements is the key to the room’s success.

Enter Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

The pair worked their own brand of magic, taking the house down to its studs before rebuilding from the inside out and, in the process, filling it with southwestern charm.

The home's come-on-in attitude starts in the foyer, where Joanna treated the space to a pale gray-and-white color palette, then added character with distressed flea-market finds like the framed chalkboard and plant stand.

Old-fashioned farmhouse interiors may have been cozy, but they were also often dark.

A pale, airy color palette and furnishings with simple, elegant, Gustavian-inspired silhouettes complete the look, creating a space that's at once refined and rustic.

When Charmaine Cooper and Chuck Codd first saw their Waco, Texas home it was the definition of a wreck, with no running water, scary wiring and dirt-covered floors.

"The wood and the steel sliding-door hardware add that farmhouse flavor to an otherwise clean design," they say.

"The right mix keeps a space feeling current, not contrived."Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper helped a Hillsboro, Texas couple transform a once-neglected 1920s home into a welcoming, family-friendly haven.

Case in point: The dining room, where exposed beams and wide-plank wood floors create a warm backdrop, a long vintage table and metal chairs offer plenty of seating for casual gatherings and bright red barn-style pendants add a fun pop of color.