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12 Cozy Farmhouse Kitchen Design Elements


Farmhouse kitchens epitomize an enduring style that not only looks great on real farmhouses, but all kinds of homes as well. Imagine a warm design that “takes cozy classics and elevates them in a new way,” says Viola Mushkudiani, senior interior design manager at IKEA. The eclectic spirit of the style means that vintage or antique items and new finds also feel right at home here, so you can store Grandma’s serving bowls next to a new kettle without disrupting the look. The trick is to tie it all together with natural materials finished with bold displays of your multi-faceted style.

“The classic American farmhouse style includes flap boards, exposed wooden beams, and open shelving,” says Mushkudiani. “Mixed materials like wicker, wood and metallic accents add dimension, [and] the colors are mostly neutral: camel, white and matt black.

Both form and function, farmhouse inspiration is a great way to renovate a kitchen if you like “soft fabrics, warm exposed wood, neutral colors and simple lines,” says Mushkudiani.

While the style is easy to refine, it should be low maintenance and be sturdy. There are a few essential features that really hold this aesthetic together. Luckily, IKEA has everything you need, and more, to create that coveted eclectic farmhouse look.

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The star: an apron sink

The most iconic piece of a farmhouse kitchen is the apron sink, which displays its porcelain facade in plain sight. Design is such an essential part of achieving the look that it is sometimes called a farmhouse sink. The more classic version is tall, bold and versatile, big enough to hold a load of dishes while still having room to wash the greens.

Casual kitchen island

A ready-to-use island adds a welcome addition to any busy kitchen: ample workspace. Exposed-grained oak surfaces and an off-white finish will extend the aesthetic, and the shelving below can be both useful and decorative.

Additional storage space

A multipurpose cart small enough to be out of the way, but large enough to hold ingredients or basic tools, is useful in a regularly busy kitchen. Opt for one with open shelving below – yet another place to show off your wares – and a wood grain finish for a handmade look.

Contrasting counters

Dark or walnut colored countertops can provide a stark contrast to the typical whites and light woods of a farmhouse kitchen.

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Authentic farmhouse cuisine is full of personality, and eclectic accents and finishes will help set the stage.

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Easy-going lighting

The neutral colored powder coated steel makes this a reliable fixture that will also blend in with the farmhouse aesthetic. An option with a height adjustable cord and a shade that distributes the light well are ideal for different sizes of kitchens.

Leather pull tabs

If you’re really looking for a beach house, the tanned leather handles make the look sing. They become even more rustic over time as their patina develops.

Orchard style boxes

Maybe there is an orchard in the back, maybe there isn’t, but keep your apples here and no one will know the difference, until they have looked through. the window. This crate offers open storage and exposed grain wood. Plus, it’s unfinished so you can leave it as is or add a wood stain like VÃ…RDA.

Wooden spice racks

Double wall-mount spice racks to create hymn rack-like storage, so they can display anything from jars and knickknacks to cookbooks or plates.

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Fill in the details with decor that grounds the look, without making it too cookie-cutter. Some choices may be purely decorative, but so many items can add to the aesthetic as well as being useful.

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Mesh produce bags

Reusable materials are good for the planet and the aesthetics of the farm. Collect your fruits and veg in versatile mesh bags – their neutral color lets what’s inside shine, and they fold up into a ball when you need to put them away.

Artistic animals

Place inconspicuous animal carvings with your dry goods or hug them on either side of your cookbooks. They bring a little more of the natural world while providing a new texture.

Plants that please the eyes

Bring some greenery into the kitchen with this cute planter and try planting a variety of hard-to-have herbs on hand.

Country-cool kettle

What is a farmhouse kitchen if you can’t put the kettle on? You’ll always want to be ready for coffee or tea, and this steel kettle is functional, but still a bit hygge.

Designing a farmhouse kitchen look takes a little more preparation than you might think. Whether you need help visualizing what’s possible or are looking for a partner to make the kitchen of your dreams come true, IKEA Kitchen Services is here to help. Make an appointment to get started.

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