Farmhouse kitchen: how to create a modern country scheme

June 7, 2021

Embrace country chic by creating your own farmhouse kitchen using vintage tiling, wooden tabletops, and pretty panelling

Open plan farmhouse kitchen space with kitchen island,

Image: Wren Kitchens

There’s plenty to love about farmhouse kitchens – they’re warm, welcoming and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean they should be old-fashioned.

Looking for ways to create the ultimate modern country kitchen? Here’s some easy ideas to implement while designing your new kitchen.

Pair whites with woods

open plan kitchen space with breakfast bar and white cupboards,

Image: Benchmarx Kitchens

For true stable chic, you can’t go far wrong with charming painted panelling and wooden worktops. Plus, wooden worktops are also durable and naturally antibacterial – making them ideal for a bustling family kitchen.

With its solid timber frames and veneered centre panels, we love this Somerset Bone White Timber kitchen with its gorgeous oak worktops. Elegant and timeless, it offers a neutral but warm base for any farmhouse kitchen.

Bring in kitschy tiling

traditional black oven set up with black and white tiled floor and rustic saucepans,

Image: Harvey Maria

From simple subway shapes to intricate patterns, tiles are the ultimate vintage addition to any rustic kitchen. Thankfully, it’s possible to embrace that heritage tiling effect without having to actually get the grout out!

A much more affordable option, this Northmore Pembroke Slate vinyl flooring will bring depth and texture to your kitchen, while also complimenting the rest of the room with its earthy grey finish.

Opt for laidback picnic bench seating

open plan dining space with sitting bench and wooden interiors,

Image: Funky Chunky Furniture

To nail the neighbourly atmosphere of a farmhouse kitchen, it’s imperative that your seating evokes a social yet laidback vibe. Rather than matching dining chairs, and an elegant table, you want something a little more effortless and rugged.

Hefty and handcrafted, the Coleridge Dining Table and Benches give off that picnic energy, and can be dressed up or down with fluffy throws and seat cushions.

Add countryside charm with a vintage dresser

farmhouse kitchen storage cabinet,

Image: The Painted Furniture Company

Rather than just going for utilitarian kitchen units, consider also playing around with some freestanding bits of furniture. Using a vintage dresser to display an eclectic selection of crockery will add to the relaxed and eclectic atmosphere.

Handcrafted and bespoke, this Millbrook Open Sideboard with Dresser Rack has been finished with a solid oak top section, and painted a natural flint colour. Perfect for adding a little individuality to your space!

Accent with rustic lighting

hanging lights, wooden shelves and white tiled farmhouse kitchen,

Image: Industville 

Oxides like brass add another natural element to a farmhouse kitchen, as well as bringing warmth and glamour into the space. To keep it rustic, opt for metals with an aged or weathered finish, and choose simple yet vintage designs.

Industrial and undone in style, we love the versatile design of this Brooklyn 5 Wire Spider Pendant, and reckon it will bring an antique touch to any abode.

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