If you're in the design business you probably have an appreciation for a lot of different styles (unless you rule one definitive style and the whole world wants you to recreate it in their space... then you're probably not torn between 19th century farmhouse and a minimalistic glass house).
But, what is really exciting is that you don't necessarily have to choose "one look". Beautiful design very often incorporates a number of design seasons and that is actually what is balancing the space and making it interesting. For example.... you don't buy the whole living room set people. Buy the sofa and one table then walk. out. of. that. store. and into your nearest flea market. So, when you're feeling that urge for something yet you really love this other why not throw them into the bowl together and let them meet?
There is a leaning towards simplifying, especially in the kitchen department. Less cabinets and more shelves, cleaner pallets, natural elements. In essence, we are seeing function overrule over the top design and that calls to mind farmhouse kitchens. Functional with straightforward materials. But not all of us live in beautifully restored early American farmhouses and some of us want a more modern home with cleaner lines and sleek everything.
Meet the modern farmhouse kitchen:
Farmhouse Takeaway - painted wood floors, rustic table, skirted lower shelves, lantern, washed wood walls
Takeaway - painted wood ceiling, painted floors, functional kitchen surfaces
Takeaway - old world tile, antique table as island, no uppers, pendants
Takeaway - open pitched roof style, almost barn-like, simple functional kitchen, painted wood ceiling and beams
Takeaway - pendants, natural finish built-ins, rattan woven barstools, open table island, no upper cabinets
Takeaways - shaker style painted cabinets, glass doors on upper built-in styled like a hutch, fixtures
Takeaways - raw floors, open rustic shelving, simple cabinets and traditional marble
Takeaways - Farmhouse table, large lantern, stone floors
Takeaways - modern farm table, natural wood floors, white painted ceiling, industrial style fixtures
What I love about all of these kitchens is they are not dated or overly trendy. They take some good basics and pair them with an updated black finish or a larger scale of the traditional table, steel windows maybe or a minimalist approach to cabinets and appliances.
What do you love about one era and how can you make it work for this one? No limits and few rules.
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