The idea of farmhouse decor used to call to mind images of tin can rooster art and fading floral wallpapers. Thankfully, when it comes to decorating your home in the farmhouse style, things have changed quite a bit. Farmhouse chic is an entirely different animal, recalling deep white apron sinks (perfect for stacking up the plates after that family meal), and cozy interiors filled with comfortably worn cotton fabrics.
If you’re looking to inject a little of that cozy atmosphere but worry you’ll have to break the budget on a full renovation, worry no more. Its as simple as changing out some basics and adding the right accessories to give the heart of your home that warm country personality.
Embrace Open Space & Shelving
When you think country, it probably draws to mind wide open fields. Country kitchens often reflect those wide open spaces with wide open interiors. You can open up your kitchen by changing out your closed door cabinets for open shelving. This becomes the perfect place for storing all your everyday goods as well as some of those treasured family heirlooms like grandma’s silver serving platter.
Change it up a little by adding a few pictures or kitchen accessories to the shelves. Remember, these shelves are now a display place as much as storage. Keep the shelves in a warm natural wood or a charming white to add to the country flair.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix It Up
Traditionally, farmhouse kitchens get their character from mixed and matched items. This is because not all the items were purchase at the same time. Often pieces from different sets handed down from other family members would be combined to create a whole set.
This can be most notably seen in mix and match dining sets where the chairs don’t match the table or each other, but can also be applied to combining dish sets. Want to spruce up a previously owned set of chairs to look more like a sort-of set? Try painting all the chairs a soft pastel or white using milk paint or chalk paint, or if you prefer, sand them all down to the natural wood colors underneath their current paint facings.
Just like with the furniture and dishware, the fabrics in a farmhouse kitchen might be mixed as well. Try combining patterned window treatments with a different patterned cushion cover fabric. Be wary of patterns that clash and make your kitchen look too busy, try missing fabrics with similar colors or details for a cohesive contrast.
Everything Needs a Place
As you’ve removed some cabinets in exchange for shelving, it might be necessary to find new storage options. Try hanging cooking pots and skillets as a decorative solution. This adds a warm feel to your space, as well as frees up the previous storage location for those items you do not want sitting out. And besides, what country kitchen is complete without a loving chef to serve up the family meals? Still need more storage? If your space is large enough, consider adding an armoire, hutch, or server in the country style to make up the extra space.
Embrace Texture and Color
Remember, certain textures and looks lend themselves to the farmhouse kitchen look. Particularly, faded woods and soft off white shades or pastels. To add wood to your kitchen decor consider, if replacing the cabinet tops is too much expense or effort, that you might add wooden stools at a bar seating area, wooden chairs to your dining set, or wooden accents to your kitchen accessories such as vases, bowls, or cooking implements. Keep browsing the images below to see several ways in which these changes can cozy up your farmhouse kitchen.