- Open Shelving
When it comes to cabinetry, farmhouse kitchens usually have a pared-down feel. By limiting cabinets in the upper half of the room, you help the space to appear bright and open. The addition of open shelving also allows you to display mason jars, heirloom dishware, and other farmhouse accessories. If you like the benefits of open shelving, but not necessarily the look itself, then try adding shelves to one or two small areas of the kitchen instead of the whole room.
- Cream Cabinets
Cream cabinets are classic and timeless. You can’t help but picture them when imagining a farmhouse kitchen. They won’t ever go out of style, which makes them perfect for this blend of modern and rustic styles. A cream color will also contrast well with the wood always prominent in kitchens of this style. The light balances out the darkness of the natural material, opening up the space. Because light colors are reflective, you will also enhance the natural light present.
- Mason Jars
For a simple accessory, mason jars are incredibly useful. Whether you decorate or organize with them, there are many uses for this addition. Many people use mason jars to store an array of foodstuffs, from sugar to cereals and even fruits. Wooden spoons and other cutlery are often kept in mason jars too. With sand, flowers, stones, or candles, you can use mason jars to make a decorative item for your kitchen. Plus, if all else fails, mason jars are a great makeshift cup.
- Kitchen Island
An island is essential for any kitchen, regardless of style. If you’re lucky enough to have the space, you should definitely invest in one. When it comes to farmhouse kitchens, however, you should stay away from modern and super sleek looks. Instead, opt for a shabby feel with wood accents. This island could either match your cream cabinets or be painted another color often found in farmhouse designs, like powder blue. Whatever you pick, an island will make the space.
- Fresh Flowers
Natural elements can make a sterile-seeming property feel warm and full of life. This is why, as well as wood accents, you should incorporate fresh flowers and plants into your kitchen. Fresh flowers should be present in every home but are especially important in farmhouse kitchens. You can keep a vase, jug, or jar of seasonal flowers on the kitchen table or island, while house plants reside on the shelves and windowsill. Just remember to water all of the plants regularly.
- Pallet Art
The art found in many farmhouse kitchens is a little different from most other styles of room. While you might display family photographs or canvas art in other kitchen areas, for a farmhouse aesthetic, you should use pallets. Whether you make your own pallet art or buy pieces from a store, this addition will help to enhance the farmhouse style of your kitchen. You can either paint pictures, like animals or objects or create signs with words and phrases to solidify your vision.
- Farmhouse Sink
A farmhouse sink, or apron-front sink, as it is also known, pairs well with the vintage feel of the farmhouse style. Although a white sink would match the cabinets and contrast the wood, metal ones look great too. Regardless of that, you shouldn’t install the sink yourself. Instead, work with a company that handles every aspect of a kitchen transformation, like Granite Transformations Ipswich. Although installing a sink seems simple, it can be difficult unless you’re an expert.
- White Dishes
Buying dishes for your farmhouse kitchen is easy. Unlike other kitchens, you don’t have to worry about color, because many won’t blend in with the aesthetic. Instead, you should stick with simple whites and creams. The best part about doing this is that your dishes don’t have to match. This means that you can pick up white dishes from anywhere and everywhere, from department stores to charity shops. Mixing new dishes with old only adds to the theme.
- Hardwood Floors
Wood is a crucial element of any farmhouse kitchen. Because of this, the aesthetic wouldn’t work for a kitchen with tile or marble floors. Hardwood flooring gives any room in the house a beautiful and welcoming foundation. While it doesn’t get nearly as cold as other materials, you can warm up the space with rugs and runners. This material is also durable and long-lasting, making it a cost-effective option, perfect for families and anyone else who may be on a budget.
- Exposed Beams
Like hardwood flooring, ceiling beams add to a farmhouse theme. Rather than hide any beams you have in your home, you should keep them exposed. These will become an integral part of your property’s style, creating that cozy, welcoming farmhouse feel. Depending on the season, you could decorate your beams, hanging fairy lights from them in winter and spider webs around them at Halloween. Even if you don’t have beams, you could add them to the ceiling yourself.
- Wood Walls
With natural materials being so important, you should really take advantage of wood when you can. One way to do this is to create a wooden accent wall in the kitchen. This could make the room feel very small, so it’s crucial that you have plenty of space and natural light to make the look work. You should also balance the dark color with white and cream elements. If you already have all wooden walls, you should open the space and utilize the texture by painting them cream.
- Pendant Lights
Even with natural lighting, you still need overhead lights for evenings and dark days. However, that doesn’t mean you should accept whatever fixtures are already in the kitchen. Instead, switch to lantern pendant lights. These hanging fixtures offer plenty of light for cooking and dining, without overwhelming the space. The materials of pendant lights can also be matched to other elements of the kitchen, whether it be the white cabinets, copper bowls, or glass mason jars.
- Lace Accents
Lace is known for being a vintage material. Although you won’t find it in most modern homes, the farmhouse aesthetic is full of accessories made of lace, from curtains to tablecloths. Not only is lace often white, which means it matches nearly everything, especially in farmhouse kitchens, but it’s very light too. Because of this, it won’t make a space feel too heavy or block out any natural light. This detail might only be minor, but it will contribute to the overall farmhouse feel.
- Apron Hooks
Aprons aren’t reserved for farmhouse homes. In fact, you’ll find them in many properties, especially those with children. Nonetheless, apron hooks can add a vintage, farmhouse sparkle. When paired with stylish and charming aprons, your hooks will contribute to another layer of farmhouse elegance. You can find aprons online and in stores, but your best bet is thrift shops. There you’re likely to find older and more classic styles and for a much better price too.
- Wicker Baskets
A basket is a brilliant storage accessory for any room of the house. In a farmhouse kitchen, they can be used to keep many everyday items, from bread and fruit to plates and pans. Picking wicker or another wood will help your baskets to blend in with the overall theme. The baskets can be all different shapes and sizes and can be placed anywhere in the room, including shelves, countertops, and even the floor. This makes it an incredibly useful and versatile storage option.