A farmhouse style kitchen easily places amongst the most popular thematic choices for kitchens today. At once rugged, unkempt, inviting and alluring, farmhouse kitchens’ enduring popularity can be attributed to this distinctive and rare blend of characteristics. The cluttered appearance that has since become a defining feature of farmhouse style kitchens was originally a product of convenience – having too many things and tasks, and not enough space for them. Designed to be a place to prepare food, dine and socialise, farmhouse style kitchens have always been practical and this aspect of it continues to be a part of its charm. This combination of rustic charm and practicality has allowed the farmhouse style to stand the test of time. Over the years, it has undergone a number of developments, with elements of modern décor beginning to creep into the otherwise traditional setting. By covering the shared characteristics of all farmhouse style kitchens, we hope to give you the best idea of how to create a farmhouse style kitchen of your own.
For farmhouse style kitchens, colour is as good a jumping off point as any. After all, colour is the first thing anyone notices when walking into a room for the first time and it just so happens to be a defining characteristic of farmhouse style kitchens. In keeping with its age as a style, farmhouse kitchens are almost completely devoid of colour. If you want to create a farmhouse style kitchen with any kind of genuine authenticity, you have to stick to the traditional colour palette – all whites, beiges and greys. Before you rush to repaint your kitchen, it is worth applying a coating of renovation plaster to your walls beforehand to ensure a perfectly smooth surface from which to repaint your kitchen walls.
Central to the farmhouse style identity is the collision of several different kinds of material in a single location. Most common amongst this plethora of surfaces is wood – especially reclaimed or salvaged wood. Older wooden surfaces bring with them a genuine sense of authenticity that newer cuts lack. The only exception to this rule is butcher’s block wood, which is a sturdy and durable wood identifiable by the edge grain or end grain visible on its exterior. The presence of aged, exposed brickwork has an almost identical effect. Traditional materials bring an outdoorsy feel to the kitchen and a rustic edge that is so synonymous with farmhouse style kitchens.
There are a number of key pieces of furniture and appliances that are clear signifiers of the farm house style. Its name is a giveaway but farmhouse sinks are perhaps the most obvious example of this. Also known as apron front sinks; they are large and practical, with their front-facing side jutting out distinctively. Fireplaces are another signature of farmhouse style kitchens. Not something that you would ordinarily associate with kitchens today, fireplaces are nevertheless a staple of the farmhouse style and something worth considering for inclusion.