Farm kitchens embody a sustainable style that not only looks great on farms, but in all kinds of homes. Imagine a warm design that “takes comfortable classics and elevates them in a new way,” says Viola Mushkudiani, senior manager of IKEA interior design. The eclectic spirit of style means that vintage or antique items and new finds also feel at home here, so you can store Grandma’s serving bowls next to a new kettle without disturbing the look. The trick is to tie everything together with natural materials finished with bold displays of your multifaceted style.
“The classic American farmhouse style includes shiplap, exposed beams, and open shelves,” says Mushkudiani. “Mixed materials like wicker, wood and metallic accents add dimension, [and] the colors are mainly neutral: camel, white and matt black. “
The shape and function of even, farm-inspired pieces are a great way to go about renovating a kitchen if you like “soft fabrics, warm exposed wood, neutral colors and simple lines”, explains Mushkudiani.
Although the style is easy to refine, it should be easy to maintain and robust. There are a few essential features that really hold this aesthetic together. Fortunately, IKEA has everything you need, then a few, to set up that coveted eclectic farmhouse look.
The star: an apron sink
The most emblematic piece of a farm kitchen is the apron sink, which displays its porcelain facade so that everyone can see it. Design is so essential to achieving the appearance that it is sometimes called a farm sink. The most classic version is large, bold and versatile – large enough to take a multitude of dishes while having room to wash green vegetables.
Casual kitchen island
A ready-to-use island adds a welcome asset to any busy kitchen: a large workspace. The exposed-grain oak surfaces and an off-white finish will extend the aesthetic, and the shelves below can be both useful and decorative.
Additional storage space
A multi-purpose cart small enough to be out of the way, but large enough to hold essential ingredients or tools, is useful in a busy kitchen. Opt for the one with open shelves below – yet another place to show off your items – and a wood grain finish for a handmade look.
Dark or walnut countertops can provide a dramatic contrast to the typical whites and light woods of a farmhouse kitchen.
Authentic farmhouse cuisine is full of personality, and eclectic accents and finishes will help set the stage.
The powder coated steel in a neutral color makes it a reliable fixture that will also adapt to the aesthetics of the farm. An option with a height-adjustable cord and a lampshade that will distribute the light well are ideal for different kitchen sizes.
If you really want a home on the range, the tanned leather handles make the look sing. They become even more rustic over time as their patina develops.
Orchard style boxes
Maybe there is an orchard in the back, maybe not, but keep your apples here and no one will know the difference until they look out the window. This case offers open storage and wood with visible grain. In addition, it is not finished, so you can leave it as is or add a wood stain like VÅRDA.
Wooden spice racks
Double up on spice racks that attach to the wall to create hymnal-style storage, so they can display anything from small pots and trinkets to cookbooks or plates.
Fill the details with a decor that grounds the look, without making it feel too cookie-cutter. Some choices may be purely decorative, but many elements can add to the aesthetic while remaining useful.
Reusable materials are good for the planet and the aesthetics of the farm. Gather your fruits and vegetables in versatile mesh bags – their neutral color lets what’s inside shine and they collapse into a ball when you need to put them away.
Perch discreet animal sculptures with your dry products or squeeze them on either side of your cookbooks. They bring a little more natural world while bringing a new texture.
Plants pleasant to look at
Bring some green to the kitchen with this delicate planter and try to plant a variety of hard herbs to have on hand.
What is a farm kitchen if you can’t put the kettle on? You’ll always want to be ready for coffee or tea, and this steel kettle is functional, but still a little hygge.
Designing a farmhouse kitchen look takes a little more preparation than you might think. Whether you need help visualizing what’s possible or looking for a partner to make the kitchen of your dreams, IKEA Kitchen Services is there to help. Make an appointment to start.