Farmhouse Kitchens

No matter where you live or the age of your house, you can re-create the bygone charisma and rural charm of a farmhouse kitchen. These eye-catching farmhouse kitchen designs will show you how.

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    Rural Refresher

    There's nothing more classic in a farmhouse kitchen than white cabinetry. Simple recesses on the doors keep the look clean and updated, while silvery cup pulls and a must-have apron-front sink render a vintage vibe. Black oversize industrial pendants pair with black granite on the island, which is cleverly styled as a freestanding farmhouse table. Timeless Carrara marble lightens the look on perimeter cabinetry.

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    Accentuate the Positive

    Bring a snappy look to white cabinets in a farmhouse kitchen with colorful accents. Displays grouped by color produce a big visual impact. In this farmhouse kitchen, open shelves provide opportunity to show off a collection of Depression-era mint-color milk glass pieces. Simple wood knobs and a dark wood floor balance this space with natural warmth.

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    Sunny Sensation

    Even on a cloudy day, this farmhouse kitchen practically glows thanks to simply styled cabinets painted the color of sunshine. Pine flooring and a mix of maple and dark stone countertops enhance the room's casual tone that seamlessly blends old and new.

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    Favorite Kitchen Paint Colors

    Transform your farmhouse kitchen with one of our favorite paint colors.

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    Old House Character

    Thoughtfully chosen vintage-style features give this kitchen inviting farmhouse appeal. Beaded-board panels -- something you might find on the porch of a turn-of-the-century house -- lend beauty and texture to the island, backsplash, pantry door, and wall of this farmhouse kitchen. Wood counters and classic stools add the charm of a country store.

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    Retro Redo

    Inject old soul into a ho-hum kitchen with some simple makeover strategies. By painting existing cabinets greenish gray and trading chrome hardware for oil-rubbed-bronze knobs and drawer pulls, this standard kitchen gained farmhouse flair. Open shelves replace upper cabinets for a simple look that provides opportunity for display. Painted 1×6-inch pine boards, imperfectly installed, hide the builder's popcorn-texture ceilings, while reclaimed oak boards in random widths give the floors a warm, authentic farmhouse look. A light fixture made from a sheet of crumbled zinc completes the redo.

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    Island of Possibility

    Create the look of a space that has evolved over time by introducing freestanding pieces to your farmhouse kitchen. An island styled as a table with turned legs, open shelving, and cup-style pulls provides a vintage centerpiece with plenty of useful features. The rusty red color and stone countertop enhance the island's farmhouse flair, complemented by chocolaty wood floors made from a fallen walnut tree. Other vintage-rich details include custom bracket feet tucked within toe-kicks of perimeter cabinetry, a fireclay apron-front sink, and a pair of 1930s lamps transformed into pendants.

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    Practical Magic

    Practicality is the heartbeat of true farmhouse styling. In this kitchen, open shelves not only put daily dishware on display but make pieces easy to access and put away. At the center of the space, a butcher-block island radiates rustic charm while providing an always-ready prep surface.

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    Details Define

    Use details to distinguish your farmhouse kitchen from any other. In this 1980s home, thoughtful materials and features, such as beaded-board surfaces, rustic corbels beneath the island countertop, and stools designed after old schoolhouse chairs create the feel of an old beach cottage. A few metals enhance the vintage vibe, including antiqued brass pendant shades and a copper pantry door. Coral knobs bring the sea's ambience inside and lend playful color to the cabinetry.

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    Better Together

    There's a sure way to instill welcoming, farmhouse style in your modern kitchen: Add the warmth of wood. This farmhouse kitchen effortlessly pairs stainless-steel appliances, clean-lined white cabinetry, and sleek chrome pulls with an island table that features a rustic metal base and chunky butcher-block top. Rugged wood shelves and a dark wood floor, installed on the diagonal, complete the merging of old and new.

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    Tiny Treasure

    Farmhouse style isn't dependent on generous dimensions. This small kitchen achieves charm without clutter, starting with a monochromatic color scheme. Gray-blue cabinets blend with chrome pulls, stainless-steel appliances, and gray-and-white marble countertops. Salvaged beams crown the space in rustic splendor while a red kilim rug anchors the work core with vintage color and pattern.

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    Can't-Miss Classic

    Trying to decide on a backsplash for your farmhouse kitchen? One no-fail option is white subway tile. As this kitchen shows, it's an easy starting point for setting off displays and complementing other features and materials throughout a space, while providing a look that's timeless and beautiful.

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    Lights Fantastic

    Selecting the right lighting goes a long way in creating your farmhouse kitchen. These oversize blackened steel factory-style pendants make a bold statement and draw attention to a beautiful beaded-board coffered ceiling.

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    Vertical Vision

    Well-chosen wall treatments wrap your kitchen in farmhouse appeal. This work core uses a swath of exposed brick to bring in rustic color and texture, while white-painted shiplap above brightens and balances the farmhouse kitchen.

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    Counter Principle

    Marble countertops remain a classic choice for creating the look of a farmhouse kitchen. Because marble is prone to stains, seal the surface to make it longer-wearing and repel stains. Wipe up spills as they happen, although the surface won't stain right away. Pair them with natural wood to prevent your kitchen from looking too cold.

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    Dine In

    Quintessential farmhouse kitchens include a long table at the center of the room for gathering and dining. This wood-top table offers a contemporary vibe with its tubular metal base and metal chairs and stools. Scoot the seating out of the way, and your table offers another work surface with an ideal height for rolling out dough.

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    Social Minded

    If you're fortunate to have a large farmhouse kitchen, take advantage of the extra floor space, and create an oversize island for gathering around. This island features a broad expanse where plenty of helpers can sit while they prepare a meal with abundant opportunity to socialize.

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