Posted: June 28, 2018 | 4 Essential Elements of a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
At first glance you may not see a link between farmhouse style and this sleek contemporary kitchen. But a closer look reveals the features we love about kitchens in rural homes of the past. Elements have been borrowed and tweaked to create this warm and welcoming, yet thoroughly 21st century, kitchen. Here are the four essentials to help you create your own modern farmhouse kitchen.
1. SEMI-OPEN FLOOR PLAN
Farmhouse kitchens were usually separate rooms closed off from the rest of the home, but this contemporary kitchen has an extra wide doorway to connect to the rest of the home while still creating a sense of separation. The generous island and dining area easily accommodate family life and relaxed entertaining. More formal gatherings can start in the kitchen then move elsewhere, leaving meal prep mess out of sight.
The sink and faucet with work zones on either side are centrally located on the island and benefit from excellent sight lines through the home and out to the garden.
2. AIRY UNFITTED STYLE
The lack of upper cabinets, freestanding refrigerator and exposed exhaust hood bring an unfitted vibe to this space. It’s a look borrowed from old farmhouses in which the kitchen would have been a later addition. The bright white cabinets and walls are timeless yet modern.
The inclusion of a conservatively sized fridge and limited cabinetry reflects today’s preference for eating fresh local ingredients rather than packaged goods that require long-term storage.
Fewer fitted cabinets means there’s more room for living. A shapely lounge chair creates a reading nook that’s perfect for curling up with a cup of tea.
3. QUALITY AND SIMPLICITY OF MATERIALS
Finishes in this kitchen exemplify the Swedish principal of lagom, which translates to “just the right amount” or “perfect-simple”. These are the kinds of sensible decisions your grandparents would respect, but with the style and function you demand.
The URBENA high-arc faucet has the convenience and practicality of single handle operation and a pull-down sprayhead but fits all of this function into a minimalist profile with a hint of sparkle, thanks to its chrome finish.
No modern farmhouse kitchen is complete without an apron front sink! To truly capture that authentic farmhouse look, installing a farmhouse sink in a high quality material is an absolute MUST.
4. WARM AND INVITING DECOR
The inviting mood set by this kitchen is as much about what you don’t see as what you do see. Window treatments are either nonexistent or minimal to maximize views and natural light — the most dramatic mood enhancer in the space.
Hard materials like ceramics, marble and quartz have been given a pass in favour of wood counters and floors that are warm in tone and will patina beautifully over time.
Pastel accessories, vintage accents, original artworks, garden clippings and produce bring subtle colour and personality, but are added sparingly to keep clutter at bay.