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Ranch Houses: How to Bring the Style into Your Home

A ranch house is typically a single-story home with an open floor plan. However, even if your home isn’t the same shape as a typical ranch house, this sprawling style can be achieved in any home. With the right colors, architectural influences, and lots of natural light, any home can channel the style of ranch houses!

Here’s how to turn any living space into a ranch-style home.


Archways in door frames are an elegant alternative to regular rectangular doorways. This is also a solution if you want your rooms slightly separated while keeping the open floor plan intact. The curves contrasting your home’s boxy architecture create a unique and subtle detail to your interior.

If your home doesn’t have an open concept area and you are committed to tearing down walls, beams, or columns can help you keep the structural integrity of your house while adding a vintage or rustic touch – that’s what ranch style is all about!

Pro-tip: Adding a mirror on the opposite wall from the entry door adds depth to a room. This is great for homes with smaller square footage because the mirror will make a room seem larger. 

A Touch of the West: The Keystone of Ranch Homes

Western themed colors like muted reds and yellows are the perfect accents to make your home feel like it’s straight out of the old west. Patterned rugs can add comfort and depth to any room. Rugs and carpeting can also mute loud noises, making the daily chaos manageable.

Pro-tip: Exposed red brick is a perfect material to add texture as well. Try using it as a backsplash or an accent wall. Brick patterned or textured wallpaper looks the same as the real thing from a distance.

Outside Access

Finally, the atmosphere of a ranch-style home is bright. Large windows are a great way to achieve this. Light wall colors reflect the light around the room, and it’s a great way to make your home seem bigger! Light-colored walls also provide versatility with decorating (and redecorating again and again).

Agriculture influences many of the attributes of a ranch-style home. If you enjoy gardening, raised garden beds would make an alluring addition to your yard. If you don’t have a green thumb, realistic-looking faux flowers throughout your home will do just as well!

Dutch doors are a great solution to let in some of the outdoors without letting children and pets outside! This feature is not only unique to ranch houses but can be incorporated into farmhouse style and french country style.

When it comes to style, don’t be afraid to change it up! The beauty of having neutral-colored walls, you can change the decorations whenever you like without worrying if the colors will clash!

Even when your home isn’t the exact style you want, there is always a way to modify the look of your home through new paint colors, a change in decor, or even through structural changes. If you have a vision for your dream home in mind but don’t quite know how to achieve it, contact WPL Interior Design today through our online inquiry form!

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