What Defines a Farmhouse Style Kitchen

A farmhouse style kitchen is founded on the traditional and natural kitchen one would typically find on a working farm. This style of kitchen effortlessly combines functionality with beautiful tradition. The farmhouse style continues to be a popular kitchen design and throughout the years has evolved to focus on natural materials, a modest design, and cooking spaces that accommodate a decent amount of area for food preparation. A recent trend is to blend the traditional look and feel of a farmhouse kitchen with a modern twist by integrating modern appliances to increase practicality. Such as induction hobs, for example.

Key features include shaker style wooden cabinetry, plenty of storage, room for appliances, neutral and rustic colour combinations, and above all the sink! Sinks have a special place in a farmhouse style kitchen. Butler Belfast sinks are classically used; big, bold and deep ceramic sinks, perfect for the largest of pots and pans. The high quality ceramic material, with its non-porous glaze, is a tremendously durable and shock resistant surface. Also known as a Fireclay material, the ceramic sink will withstand long-term heavy use, resisting scratching and staining. It won’t rust, fade or discolour and as a result will remain a stunning statement piece for several years.

By design, Farmhouse kitchens are open and easy to move though. If space allows, a kitchen island or butchers block are a classic elements. Pots and pans are frequently seen hanging on display and wood worktops are the more traditional option. Nevertheless, a granite variety looks striking when combined with a modern/contemporary design twist. Open shelving gives you that old fashioned, eclectic farmhouse look and can really open up the room. Open Shelving is inherently simple and rustic in design, but look great in a farmhouse style kitchen without placing huge demands space and budget. They add heaps of character and also allow you to switch up your décor frequently by altering what’s on display. We also can’t forget to mention the open plate racks for displaying large ornamental plates and serving trays.

When considering the type of home a farmhouse style kitchen would to suitable for, first start with reviewing the space you have available. When approached by customers who are after this style, we start off by asking if the kitchen has ample space branch out and be creative, or if it’s on the smaller scale where we need to be inventive and resourceful to make best use of the space. Both options will work, but it’s a good idea to get a handle on what limitations there are and how we can overcome any potential hurdles. A smaller kitchen may be better suited to open shelving (as seen above) as opposed to wall cabinetry, to create a more open environment as a full length of wall cabinetry runs the risk of making the space seem claustrophobic.

The pros and cons of this style compared against other kitchen types depends largely on your personal taste, what may be suitable for you, may not be suitable for someone else. If you like wooden cabinet, handles, and period character then these are definitely pros towards the farmhouse style. If you prefer handleless cabinets and drawers and a streamlined design, then perhaps a more modern design would be better suited. There are many ways to combine different styles, so it doesn’t have to be one or the other! If there are elements of a farmhouse, modern, or contemporary style that you love, why not see how you can combine them to create something unique to you – this is where bespoke design comes in. Bespoke kitchen fitters, such as Alresford Interiors, will be able to design something completely unique based on your requirements. Combining different styles is not an issue and can be great fun in the design process!

There’s a huge amount of choice when deciding what to include within this kitchen style. When deciding upon seating and dining options, it’s common to see high quality woods used as the first choice. For example, the classic farmhouse style table is made out of long planks of oak (or other high quality woods) expertly fitted together. Table and chair legs, and even back supports may feature precise detailing or carvings of pastoral or farmhouse scenes. These are not a requirement of the farmhouse style, but can make nice additions and add authenticity. The colour scheme is usually kept to neutral tones, with colour and patterns brought in with fabric by way of cushions, curtains, tablecloths, placemats and so on. Plaid, gingham and toile are quite common choices, with the latter often featuring pastoral or historical scenes from farming eras gone by, blending with the table and chair carvings – but again, this is completely optional.

If you really want to add some authentic touches, add some mason jars to your décor, these can look very pretty decorated and filled with flowers. Also, why not consider adding some farming artwork or antique farm equipment to bring something special and even more unique to your kitchen. As with most homes, the kitchen is the heart and soul of the house, but with the farmhouse style kitchen, you really have the opportunity to emphasise this statement with individuality, creativity, and a good old throwback through time.

For any more help and advice, or if you’re looking to start designing a dream kitchen of your own, please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today!