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Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Ideas

Modern farmhouse styling is everywhere right now, so if you’re looking for farmhouse kitchen ideas, you’re not alone. Farmhouse design is inviting with a rustic appeal, a perfect look for the heart of your home. We've highlighted some of our favorite farmhouse kitchen ideas to help you decorate your space with a style that's as unique as you are.

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Small Spaces

Farmhouse style often means making do with what you have, and this small dining room is an excellent example of that. We love the small vintage-style rug atop the classic tiling, in addition to the white curtains and pendant light. But our favorite part is the mix and match chairs, which creates a classic farmhouse appeal while keeping things cozy.

Bright and Airy

Modern farmhouse homes often make use of white walls and cabinets to keep things bright and airy. We love all the storage created by the ample cupboards in the space, as well as the spacious kitchen island. And don't forget the beautiful marble backsplash or the vintage-style rug runner. Finally, notice the subtle addition of black on the kitchen island to create a grounding sense of contrast.

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Modern Greys

Grey is a popular modern color that fits nicely with the white, tan, and brown colorways standard in farmhouse decor. Here, we see a beautiful grey accent wall creating gentle contrast with the tiled backsplash and vintage-style rug runner. The counter-height stools at the kitchen island, create a relaxed appeal pulling the full farmhouse look together.

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Rich Natural Tones

This modern farmhouse kitchen features a rich wood tone on the shelving, countertops, and flooring, creating a unified natural look. We love the white cabinets and the open shelving, but our favorite part is the eye-catching backsplash. Add a flatwoven or thin-piled kitchen farmhouse rug for extra style and to protect the floor while offering padding for the joints while preparing food.

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Natural Flow

If you have a kitchen that opens up to a dining room, living room, or breakfast nook, it's important to consider how the spaces flow to create a common style. Using the same materials, colors, and finishes can help you accomplish that goal. In this transitional farmhouse kitchen, a second island uses a rich wood, as does the bookcase in the living room. This connection helps establish the entire space as cohesive and intentionally designed.


Many different farmhouse kitchen designs will have decorations on top of the cabinets fi the kitchen cabinets don't reach to the ceiling. While that is valid, there are also occasions where it's better to leave those spaces empty. In this kitchen, there are plenty of details in the cabinets, the counter decor, the island decor, and of course the nearby dining and living room spaces. In the end, you must look at your own space to determine how and where to place your decorations to create the proper balance. Play around with different placements throughout the room until you achieve the best look.

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Open Design

Open, flowing floorplans give farmhouse kitchens a decidedly modern appeal. We love this bright, contemporary space with exposed wood, open shelving, and white walls. Notice the artful hanging lights and the wood accents around the range hood. And don't forget the modern counter-height chairs at the kitchen island.

Modern Sensibilities

Modern interior design styles limit the use of ornate detailing and focus on clean lines and shapes. As you can see, this kitchen falls into a more modern style with the clean lines and lack of ornamentation. This design philosophy is great for bringing farmhouse style into the modern day, and it can help simplify your kitchen, especially if you're decorating a small kitchen.

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Bright Lighting

Deep wood tones work well for capturing a modern farmhouse kitchen look without overdoing it. Here, we see a well-lit kitchen with bright lighting from the recessed ceiling lights and the artistic pendant lights--this is an excellent approach in spaces without a lot of natural light. Choose an artistic rug runner for added color and charm, plus, protection for wood or tiled floors.

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Earthy Elements

Vintage furniture and exposed earthy elements can create a farmhouse look in an instant. We love the open shelving and cabinets, as well as the textured pendant light and exposed ceiling beams. And notice the thin, modest rug beneath the table and chairs. A thin rug is good in dining spaces because you won't feel like you're falling backwards if the back legs of the chairs move off its surface.

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Intentional Lighting

Good lighting helps make a farmhouse kitchen feel spacious and open regardless of how much space you're working with. In this space, we love the lighting above the cabinets and the lighting above the stovetop. The beautiful pendant lights over the kitchen island are the icing on the cake, which match the handles on the cabinets and creates a warm and cohesive space.

An Accent Island

If you want to infuse color into your farmhouse kitchen but you don't want it overpowering the room, consider simply painting your kitchen island. Even if the color doesn't match your other cabinetry or pantry, the island's detailing, structure, and countertop can all tie back to those other elements. Conversely, you can have dark lower cabinets and light upper cabinets to create the same effect. Don't be afraid to seek out inspiration of different colors for farmhouse kitchens and kitchen islands.

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Inspired Beauty

This farmhouse-inspired kitchen makes excellent use of exposed wood grains and classic tiling on the backsplash. We love how the area rug continues the tiled appeal while adding color to the floor and keeping things modern. And don't forget the beautiful glass-doored cabinet to the side, mimicking the look of open shelving.

Calm Blues

Blue is a soothing color for a modern farmhouse kitchen, and we love how it brings this small space to life. Notice how the blue rug runner completes the look without overwhelming the space with color. And don't forget the beautiful gold accents throughout, all the way to the picture frame. We also love the subtle use of black, from the oven to the fruit bowl and the tea kettle – black is a grounding color that helps balance bright tones.

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Eclectic Vibes

Hanging artwork, fun light fixtures, and open shelving can transform any kitchen into a fun and eclectic farmhouse space. We love the wood grain countertops and blue traditional vintage style rug runner protecting the bright tile floor in this kitchen. Add a cozy velvet bench to give friends and family a spot to hang out in the kitchen without being in the way.

Classy Style

A warm white instead of a true or cool white can create the inviting appeal of an elegant farmhouse kitchen without much work. We love the tiled backsplash and the vintage-style rug runner, which is thin enough to prevent tripping while still protecting the floors and adding style and color. We also love the added contrast of the black countertops with the white countertop on the kitchen island.

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Black and White

Monochromatic black and white color palettes are incredibly popular over a variety of styles. With modern farmhouse, this color scheme can create stark contrast and the perfect level of drama. Your cabinets and fixtures will play a key role in this color palette, but decorations like kitchen rugs, plant vases, plates, and other kitchen decor will similarly reinforce the grand design.

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Even though most iterations of farmhouse style are light and bright, there is plenty of room to play with dark finishes and materials in this style. If you use dark, distressed woods, then you may create a more rustic version of farmhouse style. Or, in the case of this kitchen, the cherry cabinets harken back to more traditional aesthetics. Rest assured, there are plenty of versions of farmhouse style, so you can customize the space to reflect your favorite aesthetics.

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Bright and Open

When you're working with limited space, bright and open designs work well for a farmhouse appeal. We love the wood countertops and a butcher block-style table beneath open shelving. A patterned runner is the perfect way to add style, personality and warmth to the highly trafficked and used space. Adding a touch of grey and a bit of stainless steel can modernize a farmhouse space in an instant.

Muted Green

Green is a classic farmhouse color, but most of us don't want a bold green throughout the kitchen. The light sage green color found on the cabinets in this kitchen does a great job creating a relaxing appeal without overwhelming the space. And the addition of exposed wood grain continues with the natural look while looking beautiful against the white brick backsplash.

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Artistic Lighting

This farmhouse kitchen is bright and warm, creating an inviting aesthetic despite limited floor space. We love the small rug runner in front of the sink and food preparation areas, protecting the floor while offering padding for the joints. And don't forget the artistic lighting hanging above the kitchen island, brightening the space while adding charming rustic accents.

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Cohesive Collections

If you are trying to connect your farmhouse kitchen to a neighboring space, then you may want to use similar collections or designers for your room's key accents/furniture. In this room, the kitchen island lights are from the same collection as the dining room chandelier. Depending on your preferences, you could also choose island stools and dining room chairs from the same collection, or use similar decorations in both spaces.

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Deep Wood Tones

Warm whites and deep wood tones create a romantic and inviting farmhouse aesthetic in almost any space. And with an open floorplan, exposed beams on the ceiling, and an artistic stone backsplash, this kitchen and dining room have it all. Notice how the hanging lights add character and rustic appeal to the entire space, drawing your attention to the exposed ceiling beams.

Paneled Walls

This charming farmhouse kitchen features white paneled walls with a rustic wood grain floor, creating a relaxed appeal. We love the light-toned kitchen runner rug in front of the food prep sink and fridge, protecting the flooring. But the star of the show is the large clock decorating the wall, which creates contrast and a welcoming farmhouse atmosphere.

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Creating Interest

Modern farmhouse style can sometimes feel very minimalist and bare. One way to add interest to the room is to use different patterns. In this room, the seat cushions are a classic stripe pattern, and the sofa from the nearby living room is country plaid. Along with that, the tile pattern by the stove helps create a focal point and encompasses the entire kitchen's color scheme. Consider how you can incorporate patterns through accents and more permanent tiles to create a dynamic farmhouse kitchen.

Run With It

No matter what room you're decorating, you should look at rugs to suit the room's style, comfort, and practical use. Many farmhouse kitchen rugs are machine washable, so you don't have to worry about kitchen messes ruining your rug. Plus, rugs can give you a comfortable surface to stand on, keep you from slipping on wood floors, and protect the room's floor. As if those weren't enough reasons to add a rug, rugs also add personality and can reinforce the room's color scheme.

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Bright Contrast

With white cabinetry and countertops, this bright farmhouse kitchen has an airy atmosphere balanced by the contrast created by the accents of black and blues throughout the space. We love the deep blues in the rug runner, as well as the charming appeal of the brass metallics on the light, sink, cabinets, and oven. Brass, white, black, and blue, with earthy tones in the backsplash, can create a relaxed farmhouse color palette in any space.

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Warm and Inviting

A mix and match set of chairs around a vintage-style table is an instant way to capture a farmhouse appeal. We love the vintage area rug beneath the table and chairs, as well as the grey tiled backsplash in the open kitchen. And don't forget the charming accents, such as the vase of greenery on the kitchen island and the stacked books on the table.

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We hope these modern farmhouse kitchen ideas and tips have helped you decide how to decorate your kitchen. Remember, you may need to adjust your design based on the layout of your kitchen, but that’s what interior decorating is all about! Look for ways to use the styling of your kitchen and make notes about how you might change things like the cabinets and countertops as you go.


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