Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Farmhouse Style in the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you are updating an old farmhouse kitchen to coordinate with a contemporary lifestyle, or adding old farmhouse style to a modern kitchen, the casual and comfortable farmhouse style makes any kitchen warm and welcoming. Add earthy colors, soothing textures, and aged or antique furniture to bring the farmhouse style into your kitchen.


Various colors work well in farmhouse-style kitchens. Paint walls a natural, buttery yellow for a serene backdrop. Saffron yellow walls add a sense of vibrancy and energy to a farmhouse kitchen. Pair yellow walls with white cabinetry and dark hardwood floors for a sense of balance and visual interest. Accent pieces in aqua or blue provide a nice counterpoint to yellow or warmer hues. Barn red tones are often used in farmhouse kitchens, adorning the walls and even old, roughly textured furniture. When paired with black accents and teal accessories, red makes a stunning statement.


Antiques are a welcome addition to a farmhouse kitchen. Opt for a whitewashed antique sideboard that can be used for storage. Vintage ranges, while not always operational, provide an unusual option for storage with plenty of nooks and crannies to hold kitchen supplies. Repurpose antique jelly cupboards to store pottery and glassware. Hoosier cabinets that date from the 1930s that are painted and restored give plenty of storage and structure to a modern farmhouse kitchen. Many antique furnishings can be found at flea markets and garage sales as well as traditional antique stores.


Infuse country character into your farmhouse kitchen with the addition of colorful, old accessories. Now is the time to showcase the items that have been collecting dust in your closet. Display milk glass pieces, carnival glass and other treasured, breakable items in cabinets with glass doors. Keep like colors together for a cohesive look and more impact. Enamelware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from pitchers to bowls, and looks lovely when displayed. Fresh flowers add color and a sense of nature and life to a farmhouse kitchen. Groupings of baskets not only provide textural interest but provide storage as well.

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