Interior Design Ideas for Kitchens: Farmhouse

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Nothing says home comforts like a farmhouse style kitchen. Envisage yourself sitting around your kitchen table, bread baking in the oven and the smell of fresh flowers in the air. Creating the farmhouse style in your kitchen is not difficult and it doesn't have to be expensive either.

Whether your kitchen is big or small, it won't take you long to turn it into the farmhouse kitchen of your dreams. Yellows, soft browns and white are an ideal mix for a farmhouse colour scheme. Light sandstone tiled flooring is easy to keep clean, as well as being in keeping with the style you want to achieve.

Alternatively, if you want to keep the flooring you have, use light coloured low-pile cheap rugs. This will add a little life to your floor, while adding a touch of comfort too. A farmhouse kitchen very much focuses on cooking, so don't be afraid to use items such as oils and spices as decorative items.

A collection of tins, bottles and jars on wall shelving will ensure you have adequate storage, as well as looking stylish. If you have a kitchen display cabinet, use this to display an assortment of china and pottery. You can also use this to display any earthenware you may own. Alternatively, look around thrift shops and flea markets for pottery items that will fit in with your kitchen's décor. Window space should be left as bare as possible, although the addition of white or soft yellow wooden blinds or cafe styled kitchen curtains will still allow light into the room.

Fresh and dried flowers will tie your farmhouse look together. Display these on a kitchen table, unused worktop or on top of a cabinet. Many farmhouse-style kitchens have homely accessories hung on the wall. These could be china plates, art prints or even treasured family photographs. Tile splash backs in hues of orange, red and beige will add a subtle colour to your kitchen, while also protecting the cooking area.

These will look especially effective if your kitchen has pale walls. If you are looking to replace cabinets and counters when revamping your kitchen, a guaranteed farmhouse look is beech cabinets and matching worktops. Make your tops slightly darker than your cabinets to create a homely, warm feel to the room. Consider spot lights in your kitchen if there is plenty of natural light. These are stylish and look as nice off, as they do on. A darker kitchen will benefit from a large centrepiece light fitting or several wall lights. Keep light shades light-coloured and basic.

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