A kitchen with rustic country farmhouse charm always seems warm and inviting.
Using a farmhouse style of decorating in the kitchen can bring back memories of simpler times, while providing a nice gathering place for your family to create new memories together. Country styling can add a certain coziness that just cannot be achieved with many modern decorating styles.
Choosing Furniture for a Farmhouse Kitchen
Of course, one of the most popular centerpieces for a farmhouse kitchen is a classic farmhouse table. These beautiful and solid tables are large and rectangular, often with carved wooden legs, and are great for large families or those who like to have friends and family over for dinner. When shopping for a farmhouse table, you can choose from a variety of different styles. Options include a simple pine table with a painted frame and simply finished tabletop, a French country farmhouse table with its curved legs, a rustic trestle table, or a beautifully finished and carved oak table. Whichever you choose, you can opt to cover the table with a homespun tablecloth, or let the beauty of the finished wood tabletop shine through by simply adding rustic placemats. Other furniture pieces that work well in a farmhouse kitchen include baker’s racks and dry sinks, as these both can add a country look. When shopping for furniture, don’t forget to check out flea markets, second-hand shops and garage sales. Second-hand furniture pieces that have a little bit of wear and tear on them often look right at home in a farmhouse kitchen setting, as the small dents, scratches and chips add a bit of character and authenticity.
Flooring Ideas for the Farmhouse Kitchen
It’s hard to beat the visual appeal of beautifully finished hardwood floors in a country kitchen. You can add a touch of warmth by adding a braided rug or simple floor mats. Natural stone tile also can look good in a country kitchen, and ceramic tiles can look great. If you already have a vinyl floor and don’t have the budget to replace it, add colorful farmhouse charm with a braided rug or a few strategically placed rag rugs.
Window Treatments for the Country Farmhouse Kitchen
Part of the visual appeal of a country kitchen is plenty of sunshine, so choosing curtain toppers or swags often works best. Checked gingham works well as a curtain material, as does almost any rustic homespun fabric. If your kitchen windows get a lot of sun during certain times of the day, especially if the sun creates a lot of glare for those sitting at the kitchen table, you might want to consider also adding roller blinds or mini blinds. These unobtrusive window treatments are virtually invisible when raised, since they can be hidden behind a valance, but they can really come in handy to control bright sunlight.
Adding the Finishing Decorating Touches
No country farmhouse kitchen is complete without a touch of the great outdoors. Accessorize your countertops with bowls of fresh fruits and vegetables, and add a big vase of freshly cut flowers as a table centerpiece. Accessories that feature country themes such as chickens, pigs, roosters or cows can also be a fun way to add a touch of whimsy to your country farmhouse kitchen.