The modern farmhouse look is becoming increasingly popular, especially in kitchens. The appeal is easy to see with a good mix of modern luxury and rustic charm, it helps a kitchen feel more casual. It can be a stunner when it needs to be, but also the hard working, beating heart of the home.
If you bring a little farmhouse style into your kitchen I think it allows you to relax a little bit more and not worry so much about making it look perfect day in day out. That’s not to day it won’t look amazing, as the following selected examples show.
We’ve looked at some of the key elements that help you bring modern farmhouse style into your kitchen. Whether you lean more towards modern or farmhouse, there is something here for you.
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The Rustic Charm of Wood
The easiest way to ensure your kitchen has a bit of farmhouse chic is to introduce some wood. This can be reclaimed, rustic timber accents or some more modern, well finished wood. The key here is that the natural aesthetics of wood give the relaxed, farmhouse look many people are trying to achieve.
The example below from the American Institute of Building Design showcases the example of rustic wood beams. These can be achieved artificially with wood cladding if you don’t have originals. Otherwise there are plenty of other ways to get wood into your kitchen design through shelving, countertops, kitchen table, flooring and the cabinets themselves.
Open Shelving With Accessories
Open shelving gives you a great way to showcase some of your favourite accessories. We’ve written a whole post on open shelving ideas as it is a really great way to add accessories into any space.
You may have quite a neutral look to your kitchen and want to add in some colour accents, which you can do on some open shelves. This example from Caesarstone shows a classic way of introducing the shelving either side of the cooker. They have used white accessories here as there are already enough contrasts in the kitchen.
The Farmhouse Kitchen Table
A kitchen isn’t farmhouse without the classic framhouse table surely? Well ok, not everyone will have space for it, but it certainly adds instant farmhouse decor to any kitchen. You could go for a traditional look such as that in this example from Gabriel Holland Interior Design, with a distressed wood surface and painted, turned legs. Alternatively there are some great modern takes on the style.
The kitchen is usually the hub of the home and it’s great to get everyone sitting around a table for meals, or just even to chat.
Modern with Hints of Farmhouse
If you already have a great modern kitchen and don’t want to completely redo it, but love the farmhouse look, you could simply incorporate a few farmhouse accents in a number of ways.
As mentioned, wood wil always give a hint of rustic decor and so you could add in wood trims, shelves or switch out a worktop. The example below from Sita Montgomery Interiors gives a great example of this with a rustic wood frame and cross brace fitted around a white island. Without that frame and the wood-clad extractor hood it would be a fairly blank, white modern kitchen. The stools obviously add something to the look too.
You don’t have to go all out in your design to achieve a modern farmhouse look.
Rustic Tile or Wood Flooring
You kitchen floor is quite a large element in the room and so making this fit in with the farmhouse look will really make a difference. Either wood floors in any design, such as the parquet in the example below from Direct Wood Flooring, or rustic tiles would work well.
If you’re using tiles, perhaps go for a terracotta tile, reclaimed patterned tiles or caustic tiles for a perfect farmhouse look.
In keeping with the farmhouse style, these don’t have to look perfect and so reclaimed options would be a great choice.
Brass, Copper or Black Metals
Chrome is so last decade, Dear! Brass, copper, brushed steel or black fittings have made a big comeback. Use them for taps, light fittings, cabinet handles, shelf brackets. But be careful, try not to mix and match too randomly or even stick to one style for all metal fittings.
My favourite has to be a brushed brass finish. Cabinet handles in this material with fine details, such as these from Buster & Punch,make a huge difference.
Adding shiplap to a kitchen design will instantly add a bit of farmhouse style. The example below from Clayton & Little Architects is quite a modern industrial take on it with bare wooden boards. You could easily incorporate horizontal or vertical shiplap boards to a wall, cabinet sides or backs, islands and even ceilings.
They don’t have to be bare wood of course, you can paint them to fit in with the colour scheme of the kitchen. You could even use shiplap boards as your splashback as long as it is treated with the right finish to deal with water splashes.
For a modern twist on the farmhouse kitchen you could include some industrial elements such as the copper pipe shelf brackets and light fixture in this example from Plus Rooms. We’ve been looking for a solution for the lighting over our dining table and I think I’ve just found a winner! I also love the copper pipe taps that look like they’re straight out of a school chemistry lab.
Farmhouse, modern and industrial styles can all work really well together, you don’t have to get stuck in the mould of trying to fit a certain style. An eclectic look is something that I think will be big in the next few years.
Ok, so there is quite a lot of wood in the example below from Sam Walsh Furniture, but you get the idea. Bespoke cabinets are definitely a stand out feature in farmhouse kitchens. Modern, mass produced cabinets are often too sleek and paired down. It may cost a little more to get a bespoke look but it really makes the difference between a nice kitchen and a really gorgeous kitchen.
If you want to keep your cabinets you could try to space them apart a little and add some framing around them to get the look, it might still involve a carpenter but it would be a much cheaper option.
Farmhouse Kitchen Decor
Perhaps the easiest way to get the modern farmhouse look in your kitchen is to just introduce some accessories that hint at the farmhouse lifestyle. Heck, look at that big sign saying ‘Farmers Market’ in the example below from Bless ‘er House. Without that it would be a pretty standard, modern kitchen but it just adds that little change that makes all the difference.
You could think about adding in some framed prints that suggest country life, or a row of vintage china on a shelf. Have a go trawling some flea markets for items that bring out the style you want to achieve in your kitchen. It doesn’t have to be the actual kitchen design that makes it a modern farmhouse kitchen.
Solid Wood Butcherblock Countertops
Going back to the use of wood as a material in your farmhouse kitchen. If you’re only thinking of changing the countertops then why not consider butcher block as an option? Yes, they will accumulate scratches and marks but that will only add to the farmhouse appeal of the kitchen. They are certainly a cheaper option to granite or Corian tops.
This kitchen from Fisher & Paykel is very modern, but the worktops bring it back towards traditional just enough. Perhaps not all the way to a modern farmhouse look but it just shows you what a difference the wood countertop can make.
Hanging Pots and Pans
I don’t think anything says farmhouse kitchen more than pots and pans hanging from a rack over the island or table. The farmhouse look encourages things to be on display, whether accessories on open shelving, crockery on dresser racks or pots and pans on butcher’s hooks.
A rack such as the one in this kitchen from Renoquotes can easily be added to an existing kitchen. It really would need to go over an island, work surface or table though so that you’re not constantly banging into pots!
While we’ve got this image here, it’s worth mentioning a freestanding butcher’s block style island as another way to bring farmhouse style into a kitchen. They come in a variety of sizes for different sized kitchens and then you kill two birds with one stone by having somewhere you can hang your pots and pans over!
You couldn’t possibly have a rug in a kitchen could you? Well, we say why not! Take the example below from Maison de Pax, with a vintage rug in the centre of the kitchen floor space. The rug adds so much colour and texture to the kitchen, it would really be rather sad if it were to be removed. It would also be quite welcome on midnight raids to the fridge in the winter when the tiled floor is soooo cold
Ok, so there are practicalities to consider with staining and potential tripping, but with the right cleaning regime and rug backing these sorts of issues can be dealt with.
Vintage rugs are a trend that will be around for a while, so why not embrace it in any room you feel like!
And finally, another mainstay of traditional country kitchens is the flagstone floor. These are easy enough to replicate with some excellent imitations available these days. Similarly to the solid wood countertops, flagstone floors can often hold the farmhouse kitchen look all by themselves and really should be a consideration for anyone looking to create the perfect modern farmhouse kitchen.
The kitchen below from House & Garden is part of a gorgeous renovation of a Victorian townhouse. The house tour on the end of the link is worth looking at in itself.
However you go about designing your modern farmhouse kitchen, you shouldn’t feel like you’re striving for the perfect look. After all, the farmhouse look is very relaxed and nonplussed so I hope some of these ideas will help you act in the same vein while creating your kitchen.