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How to Design Your Own Farmhouse Kitchen

How to Design Your Own Farmhouse Kitchen
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Farmhouse Kitchen

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Farmhouse kitchens have been trending for some time now. And with their unfussy, laid back, family-friendly appeal, it’s easy to see why. Whether your style is modern farmhouse, vintage and rustic or classic and traditional, there are a few elements you’ll find in every farmhouse kitchen.

We’ve started at the bottom and worked our way up, covering each element to give you a complete guide to styling your own farmhouse kitchen. 

The Foundation of a Farmhouse Kitchen

Wood floors are a must-have for any farmhouse kitchen. While you have some options on style and color, wood is where it’s at. If you love the vintage look, then reclaimed wood is the way to go. But if your style is more contemporary, opt for a beautiful dark wood tone. And for a modern farmhouse feel, choose light wood and wide planks.

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets usually make up the bulk of a kitchen, so they can really set the style of the room. For the perfect modern farmhouse kitchen, shaker style cabinets are the most popular choice. But if you prefer a more traditional feel, try raised panel doors that offer some curves on the cabinet surface. And if you happen to have old, solid wood cabinets with chippy paint, embrace them for an authentic farmhouse kitchen feel.

It’s All in the Sink

They don’t call them farmhouse sinks for nothing! Those gorgeous oversize apron front sinks really are a staple of the farmhouse kitchen. And the large, deep basins make them just as functional as they are beautiful. Even though the traditional white version has plenty of style, you can now get farmhouse sinks in a variety of colors and materials. Choose from granite, stainless steel or even copper if you want to add some extra character.

Farmhouse kitchen style

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Statement Hood Fans

Oversize stand-alone hood fans that make a big statement are the perfect focal point for a farmhouse kitchen. To get the look, take down the cabinets over the stove and replace your standard hood fan with a striking wall mount range hood.

The best thing about these stylish new hood fans is you can completely customize them to match the other finishes in your kitchen. Almost any finish is possible, including wood, copper or even tile.

Favorite Farmhouse Wall Coverings

If you’re a fan of farmhouse style, you already know shiplap is the number one choice for wall coverings. But too much of a good thing can be… too much. Consider a shiplap accent wall or get creative and go with shiplap on the ceiling instead of adding it to every wall.

Pair a shiplap accent wall with a classic white subway tile backsplash for the perfect mix of texture and timeless style. Or, if you want a bit more character, try a vintage look patterned tile backsplash instead.

Farmhouse Lighting Styles

Lighting is where you really get to let your farmhouse style shine. For a modern farmhouse feel, choose brass finishes and trendy round or conical shapes. But for a more classic look, try linear, black iron chandeliers and pendants. If you want rustic style, vintage is the way to go. Shop thrift stores and garage sales or DIY your own with some wood and mason jars.

To ensure your kitchen has proper lighting, you’ll need a mix of different light fixtures for different areas. For task lighting over the island and sink, pendant lights are a farmhouse favorite. Accompany your task lighting with wall sconces or can lights for good overall lighting and add a few table lamps for ambiance.

Kitchen in Farmhouse Style

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Wood Ceiling Beams

If you’re willing to go the extra mile, wood ceiling beams will elevate the look of your farmhouse kitchen. The exposed beams bring warmth and architectural character to create that farmhouse feel even if your home is new.

But real wood beams are costly and are extremely heavy and labor-intensive to install. Thankfully, new faux wood beams give you the look of real wood without all the weight. The hollow wood-look beams are easy to install and won’t break the bank.

No matter which style of farmhouse kitchen you prefer, these floor-to-ceiling tips will help you get the look.

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