But trying the style of the farm doesn’t necessarily mean slipping into a decorating hole streaked with choice with a cookie cutter. Drawing inspiration from our series of House Calls home tours and using kitchens as a case study, we examine how knowledgeable homeowners captured the coveted relaxing feeling with their own style.
From an Instagram-ready installation to a kitchen being built on a real 1880s farmhouse, here’s a great deal of inspiration to indulge in your modern farm dreams.
Go for pristine
In interior designer Gina Gutierrez’s renovated kitchen, the farmhouse’s vibrations begin with a wall of white cabinets (Ikea boxes with Semihandmade doors), as well as walnut countertops and open shelves lined with rustic pieces such as a paperweight and a fermentation jar. Then come the modern touches: a sparkling Carrara marble island with a farm sink, a brass faucet and hanging lamps to complete the whole.
Vary the whites
Housed in a reconstructed annex of a renovated 1860s house in using up, this kitchen balances the old and the new with elegant simplicity. The room relies heavily on white, yes, but keeps things interesting with different textures – matte cabinets, shiny subway tiles, and a shabby shiplap style coating. Black and primary color accents, such as this school applique and Raawii’s jug, add a graphic touch.
Keep it natural
To get away from shades of white for a moment, consider this kitchen area in a real 1880s farmhouse in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Earthy and down-to-earth meet, the space evokes a country ease with uneven walls, simple wooden window frames, off-white tiles and basic glass or neutral countertops. The graceful grey painted cabinets offer a touch of contemporary polishing.
Show off rustic accents
“Modern Farm” is not just a style of decorating, but a way of life in this indoor-outdoor home in the South Carolina swamps, where the owners are able to grow a sprawling garden with vegetables and fruit trees, not to mention building a chicken coop. Against a backdrop of all-white appliances, cabinets, and windows, rustic accents, such as a craft shelf for potted plants, a vintage wooden toy box, and a woven basket, take center stage. A wooden bowl full of fresh eggs from the cooperative is the cherry on top.
Consider farmhouse maximalism
This renovated ranch in Los Angeles advocates the farm’s maximalism with its large room including the kitchen, dining area, living room, and press room. The owner, an antique dealer, incorporated a set of salvaged items, including a shelf, wooden cabinets and a carpenter’s workbench that now makes up the island. The white salvaged wooden cabinets, painted in a way that contrasts with their wooden counterparts, take hardiness to the next level – as does the rope wrapped around the central pole and a vibrant pastoral painting on the wall.
Give the cabinets a twist
The couple who renovated this Victorian apartment in Brooklyn describes their aesthetic as “occupied”, which is certainly felt in this kitchen full of practical tools and decorative objects. A consistent palette of black, white and reddish-brown seems deliberate and neat, while opaque, transparent white cabinets give off a fun barn atmosphere.
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