My favorite room in our circa 1875 farmhouse is the kitchen. I’ve never seen another kitchen that looks like it. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have a dishwasher or a garbage disposal, I appreciate its vintage charm. I’ve filled it with farmhouse kitchen decor; I can’t imagine it with an updated look. Not to mention, the farmhouse look just feels so earthy and organic to me. If you want to get the farm look in your kitchen, here are some must-have elements. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Freestanding Kitchen Furniture
Old farmhouses weren’t built with fine cabinetry in the kitchen. Freestanding furniture like Hoosier cabinets and utilitarian cupboards or hutches were the norm. My farmhouse kitchen has a few cabinets and I was tempted to add more, but instead I chose a sideboard and open shelving.
Kitchen islands are both functional and pretty. Most come equipped with shelves and storage. I sometimes like to pull up stools and use ours as a small kitchen table.
Open shelving in a kitchen provides opportunity to display some of your favorite collectibles. White dishes always exude farmhouse appeal, along with simple canisters and over-sized mugs hanging from hooks. We use our mugs for both soup and coffee.
My farmhouse kitchen shelves feature both white ironstone and enamelware.
Wire baskets are a popular icon of farmhouse kitchen decor. I’ve used mine to organize my spices and fruit. For a little softness, I added an ivy plant to the top basket. I can’t really reach that basket so it’s not convenient to put anything in there that I need on a regular basis.
I like to use wire baskets to corral much-used items like cookbooks. Wooden cutting boards and French bread boards always make a nice addition to farmhouse kitchen decor.
Wire baskets are also useful for holding fruit. Rather than dig for an unhealthy snack in the cupboard, it’s easier to grab a healthy piece of fruit prettily displayed on the counter.
Other Farmhouse Kitchen Decor
A few more items can be used to add farmhouse appeal to your kitchen. I love this farmhouse animal kitchen towel and leave it on display hanging by the kitchen sink.
Mason jars are almost always found in a farmhouse kitchen. My favorite are the blue jars. Use them to hold spices or pretty flower arrangements. Of course, I like the way they look all on their own.
And the crowning touch in a farmhouse kitchen? A farmhouse sign! I love my milk sign from Antique Farmhouse. I don’t believe it’s currently in stock, however.
Many of you ask where to find certain items, so I’ve put together a handy shopping guide for you.
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