Don't we love kitchens! Even if you don't cook, most of us have a love affair with a great looking kitchen! And farmhouse kitchens are so on trend right now.  They never go out of style really... because they are such a classic!

I'm happy to see farmhouse kitchens so popular right now!


A farmhouse kitchen can be dressy and elegant... chippy and rustic... or anything in between!

It can be French or Tuscan or All-American... and more!!


Today I'm sharing 10 decor elements that sing AMERICAN FARMHOUSE style ...




Here are MY top 10!


1. WHITE PAINTED CABINETS

Now this is the ultimate when it come to giving a kitchen that Farmhouse feel! We painted our kitchen Benjamin Moore Atrium White 18 years ago and still LOVE it!

Our cabinets are relatively simple and we dressed them up with lots of heavy molding and fluted corners!

White cabinets go a long long way to set a farmhouse style mood!
















2. FARMHOUSE SINK

Farmhouse sinks are big and open and often have an "apron". These sinks hearkens back to a simpler time when sinks were used for caning, cooking and washing babies!

There is certainly a whole lot of cooking and canning going on in this sink!

I hope that someday I'll be washing my grandbabies in it too!









3. WOOD, SOAPSTONE OR MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

These 3 surfaces are known for their farmhouse allure!

We chose soapstone because of it's big contrast to the white cabinets.

Soapstone is inert.. noting bothers it. It is impervious to stains, hot pots are no problem for it and it has a smooth, heavy quality!
















4. BEADBOARD

Charming! I think that is the best adjective to describe beadboard. It is a classic farmhouse kitchen must!

These crisp striped wood panels give a clean, uncluttered look to farmhouse decor.











5. MASON JARS AND GLASS CANISTERS


Who doesn't love mason jars and big glass canister! They are quintessential farmhouse!

I use mine for flour, sugar and other goodies!

Can you see the vintage blue and white tea cups I use as scoops?









6. ISLANDS AND STOOLS

I would have a hard time cooking without the convenience of a modern island! Once large farmhouse tables were used to cook, prepare and eat on. What workhorses!

Today, islands do the same work in style! Almost any flat surface can be transformed into an island! I've even seen a vintage ironing board work as an island in a small farmhouse kitchen!


Farmhouse islands and stools go hand in hand! Stools can be metal, upholstered or wood! My favorite are the humble wood stools that have been handpainted to reflect the personal flair of the owner.

















7. OPEN SHELVING AND GLASS FRONT CABINETS


Be still my heart! I love the look of glass front cabinets and open shelves! They are sooooo farmhouse!!!

Don't you love to see what dishes and other goodies are on display?

Once, most kitchen's had open shelving... and glass cabinets were a luxury, but now glass fronts have become a signature farmhouse style!

I have a few glass cabinets... and hopefully by the fall most of the cabinets in my kitchen will have glass fronts!











8. CLASSIC FLOORING

Wood, painted floors and black and white linoleum come to mind! Today the black and white check floors that were once linoleum are, for the most part, a thing of the past. Thankfully, we can still get those great checked floors with updated materials!

Our choice... wood! But I must admit I'd have one of the other two in a heartbeat!










9. FARMHOUSE TABLE

The farmhouse table was once family central!  So a great table that family and friends can gather around is a farmhouse staple! This humble table has taken on many finishes and shapes over the years!

I've updated the farmhouse table... ours is round with 2 leaves... and it's made from 200 year old barn beams.











10. VINTAGE ACCENTS

Now here's where life, personality and personal style can be breathed into a farmhouse kitchen!

Adding accents that reflect today's trends and vintage styling can be fun and the options limitless!

Here are a few ways I decorate my kitchen with vintage accents...


Galvanized Metals...








Aprons...









Farmhouse vignettes:











 White Dishes...










Now, what elements say FARMHOUSE KITCHEN to you?



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