We’re about to renovate and rebuild our kitchen. This is a project of a lifetime, so I research everything about kitchens. One of the most critical decisions to make is about design because this determines the atmosphere which I’ll have to live with till the end of my life. I want my kitchen to be warm and cozy, unique and practical. I don’t have and our house doesn’t have a specific or strong style so I have many options. Earlier I liked classic styles, nowadays I’d go for modern or even more for transitional style. While looking for ideas I learned about Farmhouse style and more specifically about Farmhouse Kitchens. So far this is what I see the most workable in our home and in my future dream kitchen.
What is Farmhouse Style about?
So I’ve been trying to grasp the essence of Farmhouse style but the deeper I’d perused, the harder I found to come up with an exhaustive description because Farmhouse style is so multi-colored. Look at these Farmhouse Kitchens! They’re all so very different yet have many things in common. For one they’re all called Farmhouse Kitchens.
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Actually, no two Farmhouse Kitchens are alike. The main pieces, accessories, colors, the balance of old and new, the use of materials are different in each interior – the combinations are illimitable – but there are certain style marks that make a Farmhouse Kitchen what it is.
Farmhouse Kitchen essentials
Wood on the walls. Depending on how rustic or modern your style is, you can use barn wood for a planked wall or shiplap, even wainscoting works well. Any types of wood paneling fit in the style if applied properly.
Wood on the floors. Hardwood floors are popular again these days. A farmhouse kitchen asks for some rustic wood flooring. Read more about wood floors in the kitchen by clicking on the caption below the picture.
Exposed wood beams. Wood beams give warmth and focus to the kitchen. They are always a good choice and fit into both rustic and modern style and everything in between. Read more about beams by hitting on the caption below the picture.
Slipcovers. The extra piece of fabric adds some character to the room but is also practical with all the light colors that characterize Farmhouse style. With slipcovers, it’s easier to keep things clean.
X-braces. Use them for tables, chairs, islands, the cabinets – anywhere. It gives the classic farmhouse style.
Butcher Block counter. Put at least a small inserted piece in the countertop. Not only it’s pretty but practical, too. You’ll never regret it.
Apron Sink. Spacious, gorgeous and practical. Read more about them by clicking on the caption below the picture.
Open shelving. This increasingly popular element is a piece of decor actually and makes a kitchen visually spacious. In my kitchen, it’s not exactly practical because it holds more than just the daily used items. So they just collect dust and grease. A glass-window cabinet could be a good option.
Pendant lighting. Good lighting is critical in a kitchen. Pendant lights are not only gorgeous and dress up the place but practical too.
Neutral colors and soothing color combinations. The most commonly used colors are soft beige, cream, whites or grays with an occasional pop of bright colors.
Weathered finishes. If you need more old to get the farmhouse style, give the wood a distressed look. They give a warm, cozy feeling.
You can incorporate any of these or all of them when planning your new or remodeled kitchen space. They are so simple and practical and make your kitchen inviting and charming.
Farmhouse Kitchen Decor and Accessories
Accessories are part of the decor since Farmhouse style focuses on practicality. They can be made of galvanized metal, wicker, rattan, wood and ceramic. One of the best farmhouse decor trends out there is reusing old farm and garden equipment in your kitchen. The most common decor pieces are antique signs, chalkboards, vessels, pastoral landscape art. Accessories are wire baskets, metal bins, pots and jugs, repurposed farm tools.
The Farmhouse concept is a blend of modern and traditional design that is also functional. It is the most appropriate choice for those who like the classic look in with a little modern touch. It’s used in kitchens, living areas, entryways, bedrooms, and porches – basically all-around the home. It is the most customizable style of our age, so it fits anyone.
If farmhouse style is your goal, collect old, vintage pieces with stories, history, and meaning. Avoid decorating your home with mass-produced items, instead, check out your local antique shops and thrift stores for unique items that will fill your home with personality and charm. Decorate with things that have meaning, whether they’re brand new or decades old.
Here are some of the best finds on Amazon to create Farmhouse style in your Home. But don’t forget: charm and character can’t be bought in a day. Don’t buy just for the sake of buying but with purpose. Before shopping please ask yourself: will this item make my kitchen more loveable?
Thank you for reading!