The Keys to Farmhouse Kitchen Style

Even if you don’t live in a farmhouse, you can obtain a cute farmhouse-style kitchen quite easily by adding a few creative accouterments. You can draw inspiration from many different kitchen designs because no two are alike. Here are some of my favorite ways to create a farmhouse-style kitchen in your home.


Paint Color, Finishes, and Cabinetry

Paint Color

Traditional farmhouse kitchen paint colors include pale blue, yellow, and white. While white is a trendy color (or non-color?) right now, keep in mind that white will require more cleaning because dirt and grease will show up more clearly than on other more pigmented colors. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to choose an off-white shade like eggshell white rather than pure white.

Farmhouse Fixtures 

You can add farmhouse kitchen style to utilitarian fixtures like your sink, countertops, and lighting. The farmhouse sink is almost ubiquitous for every farmhouse kitchen, but choose the size, color, and style that works best for your lifestyle. 

Some kitchen countertops are not large enough to accommodate a deep farmhouse sink, so go with what fits, even if that means a small, apron-front sink with a slight farmhouse feel.

Mix and Match Finishes

As far as finishes go, it would be best if you went with what feels right based on your kitchen’s other elements. While subway tiles are very popular, you can also choose something else entirely! Wood paneling like shiplap or beadboard can look lovely in a farmhouse kitchen.

Create mood boards to see how all the finishes and materials blend. Have as many samples on hand as possible so you can see it, touch it, feel it, and lay it all out. The value of creating a real-life inspiration board with your paint samples, tile, hardware, etc., can’t be overstated.


Considering Cabinetry 

Even though cabinets are a kitchen staple, you have a few options to infuse farmhouse kitchen style into them. Modern and minimalist cabinets can easily complement a modern farmhouse look, whereas traditional cabinetry can complement a more classic or industrial interpretation of the farmhouse. Even without completely replacing your kitchen cabinets, you can give them a farmhouse feel by painting them. Alternatively, you can pull out a few closed cabinets and replace them with the classic open shelving concept.

Simple, Affordable Farmhouse Decor Options

French Market Cotton Produce Bags

Both the planet and the farmhouse aesthetic benefit from reusable materials. A cute look is to store and display colorful fruit like oranges and apples in mesh cotton produce bags. Hang them from hooks near the refrigerator.

Simple Lighting

A powder-coated light fixture in a neutral color blends well with a farmhouse aesthetic. For different kitchen sizes, an option with an adjustable cord and a shade that distributes light well would be ideal.

The Tea Kettle

A farmhouse kitchen isn’t complete without a kettle. You’ll always need coffee or tea, and a cute tea kettle is functional and farmhouse-y at the same time.

Decorate With the Tools You Use

Keep all your wooden spoons, spatulas, and other tools on the counter in a couple of cute pitchers instead of storing them away. You can hang your cast iron pans on the wall as an additional decoration. Along with making it easy for you to use those things, they also look great. So don’t be afraid to hang up your pots and pans and keep your favorite spices on a little spice rack, so they’re easy to access.

Plants in the Window

Try growing some of your favorite herbs right in front of your window and on the windowsill if you have the space. Chives, rosemary, and thyme are versatile and easiest to grow. Not only will they add a bit of color to the kitchen, but they also smell delicious.

Pot Racks

Over the past few decades, pot racks have made a comeback as people realized how much easier it is to grab a skillet from a hook than rummage through an overcrowded cabinet. Adding a simple iron or copper rack to a kitchen instantly imparts farmhouse style, especially when hanging cast iron or copper pots from it.

There you have it! Keys to a farmhouse kitchen! These are certainly not all the keys, and we’d love to hear some of your favorite ways of creating a farmhouse-style kitchen. Please share your ideas and tips in the comments section below.

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