Whether you’re a city dweller or a country bumpkin, it’s easy to achieve a beautifully rustic kitchen with the right accessories. While the farmhouse style is most commonly associated with hardwood floors, exposed beams, shiplap walls, an apron sink, a butcher’s block countertop and the must-have range, there are simple updates that you can make to any kitchen to achieve this aesthetic. While we can’t always change the fundamentals of our home’s design, we can certainly build on them.
A bit of inspiration to get you on your way…
1. Pendant lights
Suspended lighting is the go-to for rural decor as it lends itself perfectly to generous islands and large family tables. But, even if your surfaces pale in comparison, pendant installations are still a great option and can be scaled up or down depending on your space. For a modern twist, opt for industrial designs to bring your kitchen firmly into the 21st century.
2. A lick of paint
Replacing cabinetry can be costly but a lick of paint is a quick, easy and economical way to refresh tired cabinets. Cream is a popular choice due to its perennial quality, but sage and jade green hues are becoming increasingly favoured. The shades draw on nature and bring an outdoor element into your home, working to break down the closed in feeling that walls create.
3. Put things on display
Unlike many modern and minimalist designs, the farmhouse trend embraces open shelving and hanging pot racks. Instead of hiding appliances, put them on display to show that it is a real working kitchen. This adds real charm, but do be selective – there is still a reason why some things are left behind closed doors.
4. Garden-to-table storage
The endearing quality of a rustic kitchen is the emphasis on the outdoors. Embrace this trend fully with wire baskets to carry your eggs (whether they’re fresh from the farm or not) and mason jars for jams, chutneys and grains. Artisanal stoneware is another essential. House vegetables and fruit in large bowls – the more handmade in appearance the better. Wooden boards and wicker baskets are also perfectly in keeping.
5. The final touches
Now for the finishing flourishes to really bring the look together. Time is key in a functional kitchen so opt for a beautiful, antique model to keep the daily schedule ticking over. Pretty and practical all at once! A vintage measuring scale is another delightful detail but also extremely useful.
To ensure the outdoors is well and truly brought inside, fill jugs with fresh flowers and keep a fragrant herb box next to your range (or standard cooker). Pallet artwork also adds a playful touch to your kitchen, allowing you to showcase some of your personality.
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