As the center of family life, the kitchen design often sets the tone for the style of your home. This is particularly true in an open plan design, where functional kitchen work zones flow into dining and entertaining spaces. When planning a kitchen remodel, carefully consider the atmosphere you want to create with your new kitchen, and how that will influence the overall style of your home.
Farmhouse style kitchen design is a very popular choice, due to its classic, yet relaxed vibe. This warm, welcoming kitchen style is unpretentious and creates a cozy space that is sure to be the focal point for your home. You don’t have to live in the countryside to have a farmhouse kitchen design, as it perfectly suits a variety of home styles. Add updated features and the latest appliance trends and your farmhouse kitchen design will be on trend for years to come. How can you integrate this popular kitchen style into your home?
Here are our top 7 tips for getting the perfect farmhouse kitchen design.
1. Incorporate wood
From painted wood cabinetry to butcher block countertops, wood brings warmth, character, and texture to any kitchen design. It is integral to a farmhouse kitchen, where painted white or distressed wood finish kitchen cabinets or floating wood shelves transform your home into a welcoming country style paradise. Why not add local reclaimed barn wood, ceiling beams, or a sliding barn door like this Joelton kitchen design to give your home a unique appeal? You can never go wrong with hardwood floors in a farmhouse kitchen. Textures are key to a stunning farmhouse kitchen style, and wood is a perfect way to add texture to your space.
2. Farmhouse sink
Farmhouse kitchen sinks can now be found in everything from the most classic country style designs to contemporary kitchens and are available in a wide range of materials from stainless to copper to porcelain. While they may have been adopted by other kitchen design styles, apron front sinks are a cornerstone of a classic farmhouse kitchen. They enhance the charm of your room and are a practical addition to a busy home like this kitchen remodel in White House.
3. Beadboard accents
Beadboard is made up of narrow wood planks arranged vertically along part of a wall with a ridge between each panel. Whether you add beadboard as a feature along part of your wall or in an adjacent powder room, this charming accent gives your space the crisp appearance of a country home.
4. Classic cabinetry
Cabinetry for a farmhouse kitchen design can range from simple shaker style cabinets to more traditional trim and accents. The key to farmhouse cabinets is to stick to a classic style that brings warmth and charm to your room. White painted cabinets are a perfect choice, as are natural wood tones or a distressed finish.
5. Open storage (and what you put on it)
Cabinetry may form the foundation of your kitchen style, but open storage is a prime opportunity to inject personality into your design. Floating or bracketed shelves can replace some upper cabinets or fit neatly into a corner or alcove. Select a material for your shelves that provides contrast, such as rustic wood against white cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash. Carefully curate the items you place on those shelves. Select items that you want to show off, enhance your farmhouse style with antiques, and make sure everything can be easily removed for frequent dusting and cleaning. The Joelton kitchen remodel pictured below is a perfect example of floating shelves that enhance the design with an uncluttered appearance.
6. Calm color schemes (with pops of color)
A classic, neutral color scheme is the essence of farmhouse kitchen design. Create this welcoming space with whites, warm wood tones, and muted neutrals like gray or beige. This doesn’t mean your kitchen has to be all one shade. Consider selecting a feature color such as bright yellow that you can bring out in accessories. Change up your all-white backsplash with a dark grout like this Joelton kitchen design. For a more eclectic farmhouse look, consider adding retro appliances in a pastel or bright tone.
7. Marvelous metallics
From complementary cabinet hardware to sinks to lantern pendant lights, metal features alongside wood as a top material used in farmhouse kitchens. Give your farmhouse kitchen design an updated edge with matte black, copper, or bronze hardware, which really pops against the muted neutral color palette commonly used in farmhouse designs.
If you are looking for a warm kitchen style, then a farmhouse design may be the perfect choice for your next remodel. Browse ideas in our kitchen design gallery and contact us today to discuss your plans with a member of our design team!