Warm and homey farmhouses anchored a life on the land, and they still offer great functionality and comfort. Their open shelving, wide sinks, classic flooring and big kitchen table make them easy to work in and easy to love.
1. Open shelving
In a classic farmhouse kitchen, wall-mounted shelves and doorless cabinets keep dishware and utensils easy to locate and grab. If your kitchen has traditional upper and lower banks of cabinetry, consider removing some of the doors for the look of open shelving, or replace upper cabinets with floating or bracketed shelves.
2. An old-fashioned range
As with any kitchen, the stove is the heart of a farmhouse cooking space. This AGA model calls to mind a vintage unit, right down to the stovepipe.
3. Classic flooring
Although wood floors in a farmhouse kitchen are always on point, they aren't your only option — black and white tile and checkered linoleum also feel true to the style. If you do choose wood, you can either leave it natural or paint it, both of which are appropriate.
4. Vintage accents
Period touches ground the farmhouse look in its old-fashioned roots. Consider pitchers, pottery, lighting and other accessories as nostalgic top notes.
5. A big table.
What's a farmhouse kitchen without an expansive, welcoming table? These workhorses pull double duty as eating space and food-prep surface — roll out dough, chop vegetables or perch pies and cakes to cool on them.
6. An apron-front sink.
This is perhaps the single most important element in a farmhouse kitchen. With its broad face, deep bowl and sturdy construction, an apron-front sink stands up to heavy-duty use. You'll find plenty of new ones on the market, but you can also source vintage models from salvage yards and flea markets.