In our last blog we looked at how to set about achieving the very current modern farmhouse look - in this blog we follow this up and look at quick and easy changes you can make, concentrating on the kitchen. Of course, we can't all go out and get a completely new kitchen so we are concentrating on 5 things you can do on a smaller scale to get a look that you can elaborate on over time.
A farmhouse table is a great switch to make - the kitchen is the heart of just about every home, so it is great to have a space to be able to sit down in - whether for a quick breakfast, a bite at lunch or a cup of coffee as you flick through recipes and ponder on what to rustle up for dinner. If you don't have loads of space, a smaller round table will also work, set in a cosy corner. A wood table with wooden dining chairs will introduce warmth and a homely feeling to your dining space, it's an investment that will reward you and your family for years to come.
Add a rustic dining bench
A rustic kitchen table with bench seating just screams farmhouse. Historically benches used to be the common form of seating with the chairs being reserved for the most important people around the table. Wooden benches still conjure up images of medieval feasts with people crowded around a table laden with food and ale! And now they are back and right on trend - a reclaimed wooden bench has one main benefit....you can squeeze more people around your table.
Reclaimed wooden cabinets
A beautiful and rustic touch to any kitchen - you can opt for an open shelving unit, a kitchen dresser with cupboards and a glass-doored display unit on top. If you like the feeling of space and to keep things out of view you can opt for a lower level kitchen sideboard. As long as it is crafted from full of character reclaimed wood, it will be a perfect fit for the modern farmhouse kitchen.
Stick to natural fabrics - add a faux fur throw on a wooden bench, a jute rug under your dining table and seating area, wicker baskets for additional storage, plain or printed hessian cushions. A mix of earthenware and terracotta pots are perfect and will slot right in, making perfect plant holders, fruit bowls and utensil holders.
This is an area where you can really reinforce your personal style. You can opt for unusual pendant lighting, you can bring in a slightly industrial element here which incidentally looks wonderful with reclaimed wood furniture. Hang some pictures on the walls - you can go for photos of your family and friends or choose paintings of rural landscapes, wall decals are also popular right now - you can look online to find a quote that really suits you and your family to really bring in the personal element.