Shopping for Farm Kitchen Decor
By Nan Werther
, last updated December 22, 2011
Farmhouse style, similar to shabby chic, is an easy and elegant way to decorate your kitchen. While there are many ways to incorporate farm decor into your kitchen, check out these general rules for shopping.
No farm kitchen is complete without a farmhouse table, a rustic yet charming addition where the family can gather. Characterized by a heavy and unpainted wooden chopping block top and usually painted white on the legs, this table will immediately add some shabby chic to your kitchen.
Finishes are Important!
Finishes are an important part of achieving a realistic patina, or antique age in your vintage kitchen. Built for purpose rather than aesthetic appreciation, your farmhouse kitchen should reflect the soft wear and weathering of rustic goods to complete the look. Man-made finishes such as cracking or stippling add authenticity and give the appearance of weather worn wood. Or, achieve this look for yourself by adding layering several different hues of paint and adding some nicks and scratches.
Neutral, creamy whites offset by pops of bright red, sunny yellow, or deep aqua from a contemporary classic palette will tie the room together and mimic the simplicity of authentic farmhouse kitchens. Try adding color to exposed shelving, breakfast counter stools, or benches, or incorporate the hue in your curtains or towels for a cheery hint of color.
Milk glass pendant lamps are a traditional fixture seen in farmhouse kitchens that's gaining in popularity. Sleekly modern yet timelessly classic, look for brushed brass finishes and milk glass for a warm glow.
One authentic addition to your kitchen is the farmhouse, or apron sink. Much wider than contemporary styles of sinks, the farmhouse sink is keep, low, and wide and traditionally fashioned out of creamy porcelain. Easy to find authentic-to-the-era pieces and reproductions, this sink will immediately give your kitchen that vintage farmhouse feel.