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3 Keys to Farmhouse Kitchen Style

3 Keys to Farmhouse Kitchen Style

Modern farmhouse kitchen with blue and gold accents and rattan chair
Written by Margie Monin

Farmhouse kitchens are trending, even for homes that aren’t fully designed with farmhouse style, and what’s not to love about their charming appeal? No two kitchens are alike, and there are many different versions for you to pull inspiration from. All you really need are a few key elements to create farmhouse kitchen style in the heart of your home. 

Open kitchen with island and bar stools, white cabinets and hanging pendant lights
The island in this kitchen has two different countertop materials: the wood portion extends the countertop to make it available for seating. Photograph by Yelena Larson.

Farmhouse Fittings 

Utilitarian fixtures like your sink, countertops and light fixtures are an opportunity to add farmhouse kitchen style, and there are so many looks and finishes to choose from! A farmhouse sink is almost ubiquitous for every farmhouse kitchen, but select the size, color and style that works the best for your space and everyday life. 

Some kitchen countertops may not be large enough to allow for a deep farmhouse sink, so find what fits and sometimes that means a smaller-scale, apron-front sink that has a slight farmhouse feel.

Farmhouse modern kitchen with hanging pendants above island and touches of blue
Our 2020 Project House kitchen is full of great modern farmhouse style and functionality. Photograph by Mel Willis.

Consider Cabinetry 

While cabinets are a kitchen staple, you have a options that will help your cabinets invoke farmhouse kitchen style. Clean and minimalist cabinets can easily complement a modern farmhouse look, while traditional cabinetry can blend perfectly with a more classic or industrial interpretation of farmhouse. You can even repaint your kitchen cabinets to give them the farmhouse feel you want without replacing them entirely.

Even with a more traditional style, you can push the envelope a bit. In our 2020 Project House, the design team came up with a creative solution for the kitchen cabinetry: a custom, pierced lattice detail on the cabinetry fronts that are charming and yet statement-making. 

“We added a dimensional detail that’s visually interesting but gives you privacy,” says builder Lindsey Morris of Scissortail Homes. “That diamond pattern has a tight enough grid to where it [screens] your cabinets.”

A white farmhouse kitchen with poured concrete countertops and white shiplap beside two large pendant lights
This kitchen remodel focused on white and bright cabinetry to make it feel larger. Photograph by Lanna Stenner.

Combine Finishes

How you mix everything together, from your cabinetry and countertop finishes to your lighting can set the farmhouse kitchen style for your space.

Whether the goal is a modern farmhouse look, French farmhouse style or an industrial farmhouse vibe, your light fixtures can really play up the aesthetic. Select the styles and finishes for your kitchen lighting (i.e. sleek metals, brassy tones or timeworn looks) that will highlight the aesthetic.

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As for the other design elements in your kitchen, go with what feels right for the space. Subway tile is a very popular look, but you can also opt for something a little different. Case in point: shimmery Zellige tile was chosen for our Project House to add extra dimension to the space, but still create a classic feel.

Kitchen are a with green island and metal bar stools
This Georgia kitchen needed some stylish TLC. The homeowner repainted the walls and cabinets white, changed the counters from Corian to solid custom walnut and painted the inside of the island green to match the front side. Photograph by Jaki Hawthorne.

With cabinetry finishes, cozy paint colors or more natural wood tones work well too. “Natural wood feels very farmhouse,” says Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio, designer on our 2020 Project House.

Rachel recommends homeowners create their own mood boards to see how all of the finishes and materials harmonize. “Have as many samples on hand, so you can see it, touch it, feel it, and lay it all out,” she says. “There’s enormous value in creating a real-life inspiration board with your paint samples, tile, hardware, etc.”


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