Classic farmhouse style is known for its fresh, clean, cozy, approachable aesthetic. While this design approach leans on nostalgic elements, there are many ways for this particular style to fit our modern-day lifestyle, especially in the kitchen.
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A farmhouse kitchen can feature a combination of various materials, including natural and reclaimed wood cabinetry, walls and butcher block tops; marble and soapstone countertops and backsplashes; wire and glass details; and brushed nickel, brushed brass or wrought iron faucets, lighting and hardware. To complement these materials, many farmhouse kitchens also use cool neutral paint palettes for walls and cabinetry that incorporate white, cream, beige, gray, light blue and pastel green. Warmer colors are often used for accent pieces, while cotton, canvas, wool, and chenille are often found in fabrics for eat-in kitchens, cushions and pillows.
White apron-front sinks have been popping up in almost every style of kitchen, however it is an essential for the farmhouse kitchen. Pair a bridge or goose-neck style faucet with the farmhouse sink and you immediately experience both function and beauty. Adding open shelving, an exposed plate rack, or glass-front cabinetry is another modern way to bring farmhouse style into your kitchen.
Reclaimed, barn board, vintage oak or walnut hardwood flooring is a must for any farmhouse design. Additionally, exposed ceiling beams are a foundational design element that contributes to that inviting farmhouse feeling. If you have the room, an island is great way to encourage this authentic look as well. Choose a free-standing island style and add reclaimed pendants above and barstools on one side to create a true sense of community. If your kitchen is large enough, include a banquet-style table in your design. Rectangular and made of wood, this big welcoming table seats a minimum of eight and can serve as a focal point for your kitchen.
To add that personalized, finishing touch, consider white dishes, wood utensils, cutting boards and fresh flowers to accent your farmhouse kitchen. While we recommend avoiding clutter, remember that this is the opportunity to add your own personality into your space.