Farmhouse kitchens are a callback to down-to-earth and simple rural living before technology even existed. It’s a nod to the simpler times, the times when people would wake up at the crack of dawn and eat cooked eggs freshly laid by hens. Practical in both style and function, the farmhouse style has become timeless and goes beyond trends, embraced by both designers and homeowners alike for its warmth, charm and rustic feel.
Farmhouse Style Kitchen Ideas
Farmhouse style in kitchens today is all about recreating the look of traditional kitchens found in barns or farms. Whether you’re living in a rural farm or ordering takeout from your modern apartment, adding touches of these farmhouse kitchen ideas will give your kitchen a welcoming attitude.
1. Mood Lighting. While it’s essential to keep a kitchen bright, eating after all that hard work cooking calls for some mood lighting. It doesn’t have to be limited to vintage, antique or farmhouse style lights. You can also add a touch of whimsy with a mini chandelier or a classy pendant light to make the kitchen cozy for dinner every once in a while.
2. Vintage Accents. Period touches add to the charm of the farmhouse kitchen. If you ever wanted a reason to put out your vintage copper cookware, then now’s your chance to do it. Consider adding pottery, vases, jars and other accessories to amp up the nostalgia. Modern ceramic jars and vases against a vintage background can also pop out and make your kitchen look homier.
3. A Cozy Fireplace. In old farmhouses, the fireplace was a gathering spot. If you have an existing fireplace, don’t close it up yet or if you don’t have one, a faux fireplace is achievable by laying bricks on a small section of your kitchen wall. You can opt to whitewash it to mesh into a white kitchen or use bricks in its natural terracotta color for a warmer country kitchen look.
4. Exposed Beams. Exposed architectural details are a beautiful reminder of how much craftsmanship went into the house so go ahead and utilize those beams. You can leave your wood beams as is or hang some pendant lights on it if the structure allows for it. If your house doesn’t have beams, you can opt to add it yourself, much better too if you can source reclaimed wood as your beam material.
5. Marble Countertops. While marble isn’t exactly an element of the farmhouse style, the idea of a white marble countertop is just as dreamy in a farmhouse kitchen especially when paired with bright white cabinets. The farmhouse style is all about streamlined functionality so don’t be afraid of exploring outside of wooden materials as long as the material can be both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. Marble countertops also add a contemporary touch if you’re aiming to have a blend of both styles.
6. Wall Paneling. Wall paneling has been a mainstay material in traditional homes and for good reason. Shiplap walls, beadboards and tongue and groove panels all add beautiful linear texture and character to a farmhouse style kitchen. Your home can benefit from this look even if you have plain drywalls. Here, the white shiplap walls are complemented by the wooden frame of the entrance to the kitchen.
7. Brick Range Hood. Oftentimes, range hoods are an overlooked part of a kitchen. Adding a custom range hood instead of a stainless steel model can really elevate your kitchen’s style. Although this may need some customization, a brick range hood can really be eye catching and a perfect addition to Farm house kitchens.
8. Arched and Beaded Cabinet Doors. The Shaker-style may be the more popular cabinet door style for farmhouse kitchens but the classic arch or the more fancy cathedral arch doors are also largely seen in traditional and cottage style houses. The buttermilk colored arched and beaded cabinet doors in this kitchen is very reminiscent of a traditional kitchen without looking tired and old.
9. Adding a Pop of Color. A surprise pop of color especially to a central element in a space like this blue farmhouse kitchen island is a very welcome addition to an otherwise neutral kitchen. Unique light fixtures with candles in the metal frames contribute to an interesting modern farmhouse look.
10. Brick Backsplash. Brick is one of the oldest building materials and lends a historic and rustic feel to your kitchen. If you’re hesitant to get spills and grease on masonry, bricks can be used on other parts of your kitchen to create an accent wall, maybe a breakfast nook or a small corner for your wine collection.
11. Shaker-Style Cabinetry. While flush cabinet faces are more minimalist, shaker cabinets provide just the right amount of style for farmhouse kitchens. It can be painted, washed or even left on its own to show beautiful wood grain patterns.
12. White and Seafoam Hues. White farmhouse kitchens are all the rage right now but adding a subtle hint of color can be refreshing. Here, light green cabinets against the ash gray floor provide just the right amount of color that’s pleasing to the eyes.
13. Stone Walls. If you aim for a modern farmhouse kitchen style, you can still enjoy the rustic touches of a farmhouse kitchen. The light-colored stone backsplash offers a luxurious backdrop to the equally elegant dark gray kitchen cabinets. Finishing the look is gold hardware, creating a balance between modern and farmhouse.
14. Open Shelves. Open shelving, although often used in modern kitchens, is actually a classic staple and the oldest form of storage in most farmhouse kitchens. Floating shelves give you a space to display your precious collectibles for you to enjoy them every day. Compared to bulky closed cabinets, open shelving makes the space feel more open. It’s also an easy way of bringing materials such as reclaimed wood into your kitchen for added warmth.
15. Weathered Metal. Too many stainless steel appliances in your kitchen may not end up bringing you the farmhouse style you want. A good tip to add a touch of metal in your kitchen is to use weathered metal instead, which makes sense because old farmhouses had their own touch of metal in the form of pails or tools. The vintage dresser is left in its weathered state, turning into a focal point as it becomes the farmhouse kitchen island counter.
16. Gray Kitchen Cabinets. If you’re looking for a color other than white but afraid to go bold, cool gray kitchen cabinets are a safe choice. The rich hues of the wood floor boards and the kitchen island counter complement the neutral gray cabinets.
17. Gallery Wall. A gallery wall consisting of old photos, needle artwork and other period memorabilia propped right against beaded cabinetry and spindle back chairs all add up to create a farmhouse vibe. You can also use decorative plates to hang on the wall.
18. Large Dining Table. A large dining table can serve many purposes for both eating and food prep. Opt for barn-style tables in reclaimed wood or oak to give warmth to your kitchen. Pair it up with a bench for a casual, laid-back kitchen style and top it off with soft furnishings like catchy plaid table cloths and natural textiles like wool and leather.
19. Subway Tiles. Whether it’s for a backsplash or an accent wall, subway tiles are the perfect modern meets traditional accent to add to your farmhouse kitchen. White subway tile originated from the Victorian era, arising from a certain fixation on cleanliness because it’s stain-resistant, glossy and easy to clean. While there are now a variety of colors available, white backsplash remains a popular choice for its clean look, perfect for the farmhouse kitchen. Subway tiles can be laid in the traditional brick pattern or the herringbone pattern for a unique look.
20. Wooden Floors. Wooden floors in a farmhouse kitchen are a staple. A key element in farmhouse style is imperfection so don’t stress over those worn wood floor boards yet and embrace the look as a part of the farmhouse flair. The black chest of drawers is a nice added touch to break the wooden island and floor.
21. Whimsical Pantry. Pantries are an essential part of authentic farmhouse kitchens whether it’s for storing food or kitchen tools and appliances. If you have a small space in your kitchen, maybe a small corner can be set aside as small storage area. Adding a framed glass pantry door will help you easily find what you need from the outside.
22. Cement Tiles. Cement tiles aren’t exactly a common finish you would find in a farmhouse kitchen but the rich patterns and colors are too enticing making it difficult to resist using them. Neutral colored cement tiles will give just the subtlest hint of a pattern without taking away from the rest of the kitchen’s style.
23. Chartreuse Walls. Chartreuse is a hit and miss color but done tastefully, it will add the right amount of zing in your farmhouse kitchen. See how beautiful it looks with the blue mugs, the red gingham curtain and the green vase with yellow daffodils? Chartreuse walls may be the pop of color you need to perk up your farmhouse kitchen.
24. Intimate Farmhouse Kitchen. If you thought muted colors are boring, think again. Sheer valances, a candelabra pendant light, shiplap walls, dried flowers on a finely aged wooden table all in muted and neutral tones helped create this dreamy farmhouse setup.
25. Brick Doorway. We’ve already touched upon bricks and know just how much character and warmth this beloved material brings. Here’s another idea using bricks, an arched doorway framing and giving you a peek of your kitchen. The brick doorway also nicely frames the center of the kitchen.
26. Farmhouse Sink. It can’t get any more farmhouse than with an apron-front sink. This farmhouse sink is available in a variety of materials (porcelain, stainless or ceramic) suited for any color and style of cabinets. Instead of the more modern recessed kitchen sinks, the apron-front sink serves both as a functional and decorative fixture. Make sure you have the right type of cabinet to house a farmhouse sink and include this in your renovation plans.
27. Barn Door. The dominant red color in the kitchen including the terracotta tiles and the aged barn door really amp up the warmth in this kitchen. If you have the space for it, a barn door can elevate your farmhouse kitchen’s style.
28. Open Shelving on Patterned Mosaic Tiles. Like the cement tiles, these patterned mosaic tiles are not common farmhouse kitchen ideas but they are effective at providing a subtle hint of pattern in your kitchen. The humble organic pattern doesn’t take away from the beauty of the open shelving and instead draws the eye to the items on the shelves.
29. Bold Cabinet Color. Cobalt blue kitchen cabinets are a bold choice but it’s a color choice that actually works especially well with dramatic hardware and butcher block countertops. If you’re hesitant about painting all your cabinets blue, an accent piece like your china cabinet will also work.
30. Mixing Materials. Traditional farmhouse kitchens owe their charm to mismatched accents and natural materials. The copper pendant lights, the different wood tones of the dining table and chairs, the mixed countertops on the seafoam cabinets and the rug all work together seamlessly to create this kitchen.
31. Hanging Pot Rack. Hanging pot racks complete with copper pots and pans and those industrial bar stools give this farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets a retro vibe.
32. Black and White Kitchen Cabinets. Another bold color choice! The clean, streamlined look and feel is maintained in this kitchen because of the black and white cabinets. Limiting the black onto the base cabinets and using a light wood floor helped maintain brightness into the space. The shiplap walls and the x-trim glass cabinet doors provide the elements needed to complete the farmhouse kitchen style.
33. All-White Kitchen. An all-white kitchen is not for the faint of heart but if you choose to go with it, it’s one of the best choices to show the elements of the farmhouse style. Stainless steel appliances blend seamlessly while accents such as wood beams and barn door spice up the area.
34. Add a Hutch for China Display. If you’ve always wanted to put out your china collection for everyone to see, add a traditional hutch. You can also use it to store your everyday kitchen items. Don’t worry about it looking cluttered and disorderly, that’s all part of the farmhouse kitchen design.
35. Butcher’s Block Countertops. When you use a butcher block for your kitchen counters, you’re not just adding style to your kitchen, you’re also making a sustainable choice. Sustainable butcher’s block can come from reclaimed wood and as an added bonus, your knives get some benefit from the surface too. Butcher’s block can be maintained with some sanding and food-grade oil.
36. Free Standing Furniture. A traditional farmhouse kitchen didn’t have modular cabinets sets or built-ins. It instead had a collection of freestanding pieces. This freestanding farmhouse table serves as an island counter and serves as an accent to break up the bland continuity in most kitchens. To make it even more interesting, look for traditional pieces painted in a different color from the rest of the cabinetry to make it more noticeable.
37. Traditional Farmhouse Furniture. If we’re talking about a farmhouse look, we can’t forget about going back to its roots and using traditional period pieces. Look for barn-style tables and chairs, Windsor chairs, and furniture with traditional leg styles such as the cup and cover and baluster legs. Flea markets are a great source of period-style furniture for a good price.
38. Transitional Style. If you have existing items that don’t match the farmhouse or rustic style, don’t fret. You can mix and mesh these items and create what is known as the transitional style. The items used in this kitchen are all from different periods but they all go so well together. The velvet Louis XVI bar stools, the oversized pendants, the patterned floor and the corbels may seem too much but the simple white palette managed to keep the look from getting messy and instead created an elegant farmhouse kitchen.
39. Robin’s Egg Blue Walls. Robin’s egg blue derived its name from the color of the eggs laid by the Robin. The color is prevalently used for porch ceilings of colonial houses which makes it a great fit for a farmhouse kitchen. It’s a color that’s easy on the eyes so you can use it either on all your walls or cabinetry.
40. Contrasting Cabinets. If the cobalt blue cabinets were too much for your liking, maybe these deep blue kitchen cabinets will change your mind. It works because of the contrasting colors keeping the upper cabinets white to avoid a heavy and cramped feeling in the kitchen.
The traditional farmhouse kitchen or style celebrates craftsmanship, a detail we rarely see anymore in more modern and contemporary setups. Those exposed beams, those worn and weathered rustic wood boards or that aged copper pot all add up to the quaint charm of the farmhouse style. Don’t be afraid to explore styles even if you don’t think they’ll match. These ideas prove that traditional and modern elements can meet in the middle to create a beautifully imperfect farmhouse kitchen.