23 Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas to Add Rustic Charm in Modern Spaces

Add warmth to a kitchen, no matter how contemporary the appliances, with these farmhouse-style design ideas.

White kitchen with island and black stools
Photo: Brie Williams Photography, Inc.

You don't have to live on a century-old rural homestead to enjoy the charms of a farmhouse kitchen. No matter where you live or the age of your home, you can re-create the bygone charisma of a farmhouse-style cooking space. These eye-catching farmhouse kitchen ideas show you how.

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Rustic Revival

Kitchen with wooden table and brick fireplace
Ann VanderWiel Wilde

Bring aged-to-perfection style to a new kitchen with a warm blend of natural materials. Reclaimed white oak ceiling beams span this kitchen's length, and tumble-edged dark slate tiles lend the floor a time-worn texture. Carrara marble countertops contrast with vintage-look bronze faucets and hardware that will gather patina over time. Modern commercial-grade appliances blend seamlessly into the space's antique charm to balance old and new. In place of a more traditional island, a large farmhouse kitchen table stands in the center of the room to welcome family gatherings.

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Small but Mighty Farmhouse Kitchen

Kitchen with dark blue cabinets and wooden countertops
Stacy Goldberg

A small floor plan doesn't have to hold you back from creating the farmhouse kitchen of your dreams. This design proves that point with clever tricks that boost the perception of square footage while underscoring the farmhouse aesthetic. Panel molding draws eyes upward to visually expand the ceiling height, while open shelves take the place of upper cabinetry along one wall to further the sense of spaciousness. The counter-to-ceiling backsplash features white subway tile—a farmhouse kitchen classic—lined with dark grout to provide texture and a dramatic focal point.

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Gathering Place

White kitchen with island and black stools
Brie Williams Photography, Inc.

An inviting atmosphere is essential to any farmhouse kitchen. In this cooking space, which is open to the adjacent dining room, a large island with stool seating beckons friends and family to sit down and stay awhile. Large grilled windows and open shelving reinforce the expansive feel. Black fixtures and window frames deliver contrast amid white cabinetry and shiplap walls.

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Warm Welcome

Kitchen with blue cabinets and island with seating

Use bold color to wrap a farmhouse kitchen in cozy warmth. To balance cabinetry painted in a rich royal blue, this kitchen employs reclaimed wood floors and butcher-block countertops—which will both stand up well to wear and tear—to supply natural texture. Glass-front cabinets put pretty dishes on display, while copper pendant lights deliver shine from above. The cast-iron range, designed to look like an old-fashioned stove, is topped with a custom zinc hood that will gracefully gain patina with age.

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Jewel Tones

Kitchen with green cabinets and white island seating
Anthony Masterson

Cabinetry painted in a deep jade color puts a trendy twist on this timeless kitchen. Brass knobs and drawer pulls sparkle against the Shaker-style farmhouse cabinets, while milk-glass pendants deliver a touch of nostalgia above the island. Barstools provide casual eat-in seating for family meals, and quartz-surfacing countertops provide an easy-care surface for everyday cooking. Natural light floods the space thanks to the tall casement windows flanking the range.

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Rural Refresher

White kitchen with island and wooden tops
Werner Straube

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 aspect. Black oversize industrial pendants pair with black granite on the island, which is cleverly styled as a freestanding farmhouse table. Timeless Carrara marble countertops lighten the look of perimeter cabinetry.

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Accentuate the Positive

White and green kitchen with sign that says "Breakfast Served"
Edmund Barr

Bring a snappy look to white cabinets in a farmhouse kitchen with colorful accents. Displays grouped by color produce a significant visual impact. In this farmhouse kitchen, open shelves provide an 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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Modern Meets Farmhouse Kitchen

bungalow farmhouse kitchen marble island

This modern farmhouse kitchen continues into one large space with sunshine from abundant windows and glass doors, sharing a similar color scheme. Timeless materials get a trendy twist. For example, classic marble was chosen for a waterfall island, where countertops and sides are slabs of the same stone mitered together at the corners. The serene, sophisticated color scheme—a study in whites, grays, and black—embodies classic, understated farmhouse style.

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Sunny Sensation

Yellow and blue kitchen with island
John Gruen

Even on a cloudy day, this farmhouse kitchen practically glows thanks to simply styled cabinets painted the color of sunshine. Countertops and a farmhouse-style apron front sink forged from dark stone provide a punch of contrast. Pine flooring and a maple island countertop enhance the room's casual tone, seamlessly blending old and new.

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Old House Character

White kitchen with bar seating and stools
John Bessler

Thoughtfully chosen vintage-style features give this kitchen an 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

Sage kitchen with island with stools
Susan Gilmore

Inject old soul into a ho-hum kitchen with some simple makeover strategies. This standard kitchen gained farmhouse flair by painting existing cabinets greenish-gray and trading chrome hardware for oil-rubbed-bronze knobs and drawer pulls. Open shelves replace upper cabinets for a simple look that provides an 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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Favorite Kitchen Paint Colors

Transform your farmhouse kitchen with one of our favorite paint colors. These no-fail shades are ideal for injecting personality into a drab kitchen. Get inspired by our paint color ideas—then try them in your home!

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Island of Possibility

White kitchen with wooden island
Werner Straube

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 chocolatey 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

Rustic wooden kitchen with small table
John Bessler

Practicality is the heartbeat of authentic 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

White kitchen with island and seating
Richard Leo Johnson

Use details to distinguish your farmhouse kitchen from any other. In this 1980s home, thoughtful materials and features like 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 look, including antiqued brass pendant shades and a copper pantry door. Coral knobs bring the sea's ambiance inside and lend playful color to the cabinetry.

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Better Together

Kitchen with wooden floors and tall table
Jeff Herr

A sure way to instill a welcoming, farmhouse style in your modern kitchen is to 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 with a rustic metal base and chunky butcher-block top. Rugged wood shelves and a dark wood floor, installed on the diagonal, merge old and new.

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Tiny Treasure

Kitchen with rug and blue cabinets
Richard Leo Johnson

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

Kitchen with white brick and island
John Granen

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 timeless and beautiful look.

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Lights Fantastic

Kitchen with white brick and island seating
Michael Partenio

Selecting the right lighting goes a long way in creating your farmhouse kitchen. These oversized, blackened steel factory-style pendants make a bold statement and draw attention to a beautiful beaded-board coffered ceiling. Vintage-style stools for island seating introduce a hint of industrial style.

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Vertical Vision

Kitchen with brick corner and island with seating
Edmund Barr

Well-chosen wall treatments wrap your kitchen in farmhouse appeal. This workspace has a swath of exposed brick that brings in rustic color and texture, while white-painted shiplap above brightens and balances the farmhouse kitchen. Grille-free windows let in natural light and prioritize backyard views.

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Counter Principle

Kitchen with gray brick and wooden cabinets
John Granen

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 stain-repellant. Wipe up spills as they happen. Pair them with natural wood to prevent your kitchen from looking too cold.

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Dine In

Kitchen with white brick and dining room seating
Anthony Masterson Photography

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

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Social Minded

Kitchen with blue walls and dining room seating
Michael Partenio

If you're fortunate to have a large farmhouse kitchen, take advantage of the extra floor space. Create an oversized island for gathering around and spreading out during meal prep. 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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