- Me;l Stevens
How to Get the Farmhouse Kitchen of Your Dreams
Classic farmhouse style is known for its fresh, open, approachable, clean yet cozy aesthetic. While this design approach leans on nostalgic elements, there are many ways for this particular style to fit a more modern-day lifestyle, especially in the kitchen.
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, brass, matte black or wrought iron faucets, lighting and hardware. To complement these materials, many farmhouse kitchens also use cool neutral palettes for walls and cabinetry that incorporate white, cream, beige, gray, and light blue.
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. Another modern way to bring farmhouse style into your kitchen is by adding open shelving, an exposed plate rack, or glass-front cabinetry.
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 a 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 for ample seating while entertaining. If your kitchen is large enough, include a banquet-style table in your design. We recommend going for an oversized wood table that seats a minimum of eight. This can serve as a focal point for your kitchen.
To add a personalized, finishing touch, consider white dishes, wood utensils, cutting boards and fresh flowers to accent your farmhouse kitchen. While we always recommend avoiding clutter, remember that this is a great opportunity to add your own personality into your space.