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25+ Fabulous farmhouse kitchen decor ideas – modern farmhouse kitchen

By Elise Hodge

Updated: April 28th, 2022

Get ready to entertain guests with a gorgeous farmhouse kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of your home. And if you love having people around, there’s no better choice than a farmhouse kitchen design. A farmhouse kitchen is synonymous with entertaining. Think plenty of seating around the kitchen island, rustic decor, a good bottle of red and a heap of food.

In this post, I’m going to share 25+ fabulous farmhouse decor ideas. But before I do, I want to highlight a few key elements of a farmhouse kitchen, so you know just what to look out for!

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Neutral colours

These kinds of kitchens are usually bright, light and airy. Think natural timbers, floating curtains and plenty of white. The good thing is that, whether you have natural light or not,  you can keep the light and bright feeling going by using neutral colours as the base of your design. In particular, choose lighter shades of whites, creams and greys for your cabinets and splashback.

Natural materials

When it comes to materials, it’s important to layer natural elements on top of your already neutral foundation. Timber, especially warmer varieties, is the most common choice for your furniture and countertops. It’s a great choice, because you can use it in both traditional and modern farmhouse kitchen designs.

Industrial and antique elements

Finish off your farmhouse kitchen design by adding industrial or antique elements in your lighting and accessories. The vintage flair of these pieces will make your space a little more traditional. But if you’re going for a modern farmhouse kitchen, use these items sparingly, as they can make your room feel a little bit too old school.

Now, let’s take a look at 25+ farmhouse kitchen design ideas!

1. Warm timber and white

Let’s start with a stunning classic farmhouse kitchen design. I love the honey-coloured wood and how it stands out beautifully against the crisp white marble bench top. And wood trim underneath the white cabinets adds a lovely touch too.

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2. White and bright

A hallmark of the modern farmhouse kitchen is that it uses plenty of white. So your cabinets, benchtops and walls might all be clean white, but you might like to add a coloured island for interest, and brass hardware to add a warm glow. Then all you need to finish off your design is a bowl of fresh oranges or lemons.

3. Flowers galore

Adding fresh flowers to your kitchen is one way to instantly make it more rustic. While you can use flowers of any kind, unstructured florals and greenery always look best in this kind of kitchen.

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4. Shades of blue and timber

While the typical farmhouse kitchen uses lots of white, you can also infuse your modern farmhouse kitchen with colour and character. Consider the lovely combination of timber and different shades of blue. It might be a bold, bright blue for the island, then a darker navy blue of the cabinets. And adding timber gives a touch of much-needed warmth.

5. Exposed brick

If you have exposed brick in your home, make the most of it by letting it be the hero of your kitchen. It’s not only a mainstay of farmhouse design because it adds a rustic touch, but it also adds warmth and colour to your space. I especially love the mix of materials in this kitchen – there’s the brick, square white subway tiles, a smooth blonde wood benchtop, and black tapware.

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6. Black accents

Speaking of black, check out the fittings in this kitchen. While black has been a popular choice over the last few years for brand new kitchens, it can also be added to more traditional kitchens for a contemporary touch. You can do this with light fittings, tapware and handles on your cabinets.

Looking for even more ways to introduce black through your home? Here are some more beautiful black kitchen ideas which you could do in your home.

7. Farmhouse décor

One of the hallmarks of farmhouse kitchen design is that having your beautiful décor and kitchenware on display. How lovely is this farmhouse kitchen vignette, with its chunky white bowls and jars and lovely timber utensils?

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8. Add a rug

If you want to make your modern kitchen more farmhouse style, then adding a rug will do the trick! A simple coloured rug will instantly make your space feel cosier, and it will also add some colour and texture to your kitchen.

9. Maximise space by hanging your decor

One way to add decor to your kitchen is to install a floating shelf in the corner. This serves as a place to hang items like tea towels and plants, while also a bench for placing bowls, prints and other pieces of décor. It also allows you to make your space more personal with décor that truly exudes your family’s style.

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10. Shades of timber

A typical farmhouse kitchen design uses timber and has plenty of light neutral colours. While timber is a mainstay in any farmhouse kitchen, you don’t just have to stick to one type of wood. For a rustic farmhouse kitchen, you could opt for a very light timber for the island and a dark, almost chocolatey, timber for the flooring.

11. White subway tiles

White subway tiles have shot on the design scene in the last few years, and there’s a good reason why – they look amazing with almost anything! Keep your farmhouse kitchen design simple with white subway tiles with grey grout and white cabinets. Add open shelves with a curation of pretty jars, vases and glassware.

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12. Metallic and glam

If you like the finer things in life, then you might like shiny metallic light fittings. I love how they take a farmhouse kitchen from simple and clean to fancy and fabulous. If you’re wanting to recreate this look for yourself, hang multiple lights with brass, gold or silver hardware for a dramatic effect.

13. Add flowers and fruit

A really simple way to inject colour and life into your rustic farmhouse kitchen is to add a vase full of bright flowers or a bowl of fruit on your benchtop. Instead of using a vase, you can also use a rustic white jug. It will make your kitchen look a lot cosier and more inviting.

14. Modern farmhouse kitchen

Make your farmhouse kitchen design modern and fresh by keeping it all one colour. In this design, white is the colour of choice. But white is always a good option, especially when paired with light timber. I love the light timber tops of the stools underneath the bench. You can easily recreate this style by going all out with white and adding in a few choice colours and textures.

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15. Bench stools

If you love entertaining or have a big family, then you can’t go past bench stools. They are a practical addition to your kitchen that you’ll use for years to come. Opt for stools that have backs on them, as these are perfect for people of all ages.

16. Chopping boards

One really simple way to decorate your white farmhouse kitchen is to arrange smooth, timber chopping boards on your bench. This is a good option for the minimalist or the person who likes to keep a clean, uncluttered bench without too many colours or patterns. Place your chopping boards at the back of your bench or behind your stove, for a lovely finish. For extra colour, add a touch of greenery by incorporating a vase of flowers or a bright ceramic jug of utensils.

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17. Go for gingham

You can’t get more farmhouse than pretty blue gingham adorning the kitchen windows. And why not add in more shades of blue? You might go with a very light blue for the cabinets, a slightly darker blue for the curtain, and a deep blue with white stripes for your tea towels hanging over the sink. Don’t be afraid to use one colour in many different ways.

18. Tiles

Add texture and detail to your modern farmhouse kitchen with a wall of beautiful tiles. This is a great way to add interest to your space while keeping your colour palette neutral. Don’t forget to get an extra helping hand when you’re ready to tile.

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19. Modern neutral

If a modern farmhouse kitchen is your kind of style, then stick with the neutral colour scheme of a traditional farmhouse kitchen while incorporating a modern touch with fancy black hardware and lighting design. Adding black-and-timber stools is also a nice design touch while creating plenty of room for guests.

20. A statement stove

If you’re wanting to make your farmhouse kitchen a little fancier, then why not consider a statement stove like this one? I love how this farmhouse kitchen uses so many different materials – from glossy white to grainy timber and then that pop of red in the oven.

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21. Statement ceiling light

If you’re looking to do something a little bit different with your kitchen design, then why not include a stand-out light. If you have an all-white farmhouse kitchen, something in brass and black will really pop.

22. Grey-green farmhouse kitchen

A modern farmhouse kitchen looks beautiful in earthy, sage tones paired with white. You could add in a coloured metal pendant light, and contrast it with a crisp white porcelain apron sink.

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23. Industrial farmhouse kitchen lighting

Add a modern touch to your rustic farmhouse kitchen with industrial brass-and-black lights. Something with exposed electrical cord adds character that you often wouldn’t find in a traditional kitchen.

If you think it can sometimes be a bit hard to change over your lights, by finding and electrician nearby you can have it all done within hours.

24. Pop of pink

Just because you’re choosing a farmhouse kitchen design doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on colour. Have a little bit of fun with a soft pink design, like this one. I think the pink looks gorgeous with the pale timber benchtop and white drawers.

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25. Mix lights

A good modern farmhouse kitchen should combine design styles. So you might have enclosed chandelier-style lights above your benchtop and a pod of bulbs hanging above the dining table. When it comes to designing your farmhouse kitchen, don’t be afraid to mix and match!

26. Patterned feature wall

If you love a fun pattern, then opt for a fancy feature wall to add so much life to your kitchen. If you like colour, choose something in a bold, loud print, or if you prefer something more neutral, go with a minimalist grey-and-white design.

27. Floating timber shelves

Put your pretty kitchenware on display with floating timber shelves, like these ones. It’s these personal touches that make all the difference to your kitchen! While farmhouse kitchens are traditionally white, with neutral accents, this one breaks the rules. The rustic dark cabinetry looks beautiful, especially paired against the backdrop of a clean white tile splashback.

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28. Tiled splashback

Speaking of splashbacks, splashback tiling is something that can instantly lift your kitchen. Get creative with your farmhouse kitchen by including a gorgeous tiled splashback. A mix of white, dark grey and light grey tiles is great, as it keeps things relatively neutral, while still adding a lot of character to a space.

29. Dark farmhouse kitchen cabinets

Take your space to the dark side with slick black appliances and farmhouse kitchen cabinets. But if you’re going to go this dark, just make sure you’ve got plenty of windows for natural light. And pair your dark cabinets with a white or cream tiled splashback for contrast.

There you have it, 25+ farmhouse kitchen decor ideas with everything from more traditional kitchens to 21st-century modern designs. If you have any more ideas, I’d love to hear them. Comment and share your ideas for a beautiful farmhouse kitchen!


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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