Five Tips for Creating Your Ideal Farmhouse Kitchen Style
The “ideal” farmhouse kitchen will vary from one person to the next. Of course the obvious kitchen design standards of good layout and functionality and the tried and true design elements of a pretty farmhouse sink, painted shaker-style cabinetry, and either bead-board or shiplap wall treatments, will always apply, but it’s what happens after that will make the kitchen “ideal” for its inhabitants — and is often one of the most overlooked or last minute thrown together elements in the process because the project budget is busted and spent or the homeowners are uncertain how to take their vision to the next level.
What transforms a lovely farmhouse kitchen into an ideal farmhouse kitchen? It’s the warmth and uniqueness of decorative arts and accessories. The best way to add your own personal touch to a farmhouse kitchen, in a word, is curation. Curating is the act of selecting and organizing items in a collection and displaying them in a meaningful way. Curating the decorative arts and accessories in a space, such as a farmhouse kitchen, will help tie together the entire project and allow the homeowner an opportunity to showcase their personality. The trick is in curating those decorative elements in a way that not only makes sense, but is unique, interesting, and fun.
This allows the homeowner the opportunity to also showcase a favorite family heirloom such as:
a nicely patinated antique copper elongated bucket
a polished copper tea kettle
or an interesting collection of cast iron skillets and molds to artfully arrange on a wall.
The trick to curating lies in how you accessorize / style your chosen piece. For instance, maybe source a few ...
brightly colored vintage enameled tin mugs or coffee pots
from several charity second-hand shops and then arrange them alongside the copper kettle on an open shelf or inside a glass-doored cabinet. Maybe the inspiration for your collection is...
an antique dough trough
used to create a centerpiece on an oversized island -- easily styled with fresh fruit or candles or even an ...
antique copper weathervane that was repurposed as a chandelier.
Finding creative ways to curate decorative arts and accessories with your own unique spin for your ideal farmhouse kitchen might seem daunting, but here are five easy tips to follow:
1) Start with something you love.
Whether it’s passed down through the family or you are starting fresh with an antique or vintage store find, once you have something to build your collection around, the next steps are easy.
2) Use a discerning eye.
Use a discerning eye. One of the nice things about curating a collection is that you can be a little choosy about how you want to decorate. You can be as traditional or eclectic as you dare. Also, know that the adage “less is more” is a good rule of thumb in creating a chic farmhouse kitchen and that a discerning eye will help you understand where the line between curated and “thrown-together” lies.
3) Have patience.
In a “I want it now” society, this is often the most challenging part of curating a collection. Curation can take time — especially if you are looking for a specific item or items to group together. The right pieces exist somewhere, it’s a matter of time before you find them.
4) Be creative in sourcing your materials.
There are a plethora of ways to finding those decorative elements for your farmhouse kitchen which might include your grandmother’s attic or garage, a local charity thrift shop, in-person or online estate sales, online auctions, antique stores, or consignment centers.
5) Have fun with it.
This is your chance to showcase your own style and flair. Show a little whimsy. Be a little daring.
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