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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design

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For a farmhouse look that’s more refined than rustic, borrow from this bushel of ideas.

Farmhouse-style kitchen.
Kitchen sink and stove before remodeling.

Before: The Work Core

The existing kitchen was big enough and had good natural light, but the space was dull and dated. Appliances and surfaces needed upgrading, and a big empty space sat in the middle of the room between the L-shape work core and a wall of storage on the opposite side of the kitchen. The area around the stove, sink, and refrigerator needed more convenient prep space, too.

Kitchen looking toward the stove and sink.

Heart of the Kitchen

Convey a modern farmhouse look with semicustom cabinets (Diamond Kelby in white) and square pulls (#689069). Use frosted glass in door panels to show off silhouettes but obscure range-side essentials. The GE Cafe five-burner gas range (#371942) offers an oven with convection cooking. Milk the rich look of white marble for all it’s worth with super-durable and easy-to-keep-clean quartz countertops (Silestone Lagoon shown).

Farmhouse sink and tile backsplash.

Clean Country

Pair a farmhouse sink (#498599) with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet (#6998) that features a modern pull-down spout. For more farmhouse flavor, replace upper cabinets with a shelf made from a 1 x 8 oak board and painted shelf brackets (#30292). Add function with hanging rods (#315872) and S-hooks. Shop a wide selection of farmhouse sinks.

Hanging planter jars.

Hanging Gardens

Make these simple planters from jars, sand, rocks, and soil. Then hang them in your kitchen to provide handy herbs or a touch of green.

Wood range hood cover.

Range Hood Coverup

Build a handsome canopy for your range hood (#148699). Red-oak boards lend warmth with wood grain.

Kitchen island with contrasting cabinet color.

Contrasting Cabinets

Make an island stand out from the perimeter cabinets by choosing a darker color for the island cabinetry (Diamond Kelby in Cloud) and a contrasting color for the countertop (Eco Iron Ore). Farmhouse style gets an update with fresh wall color (HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Mod Mint, #HGSW2277). The GE Cafe French-door refrigerator (#694242) features a bottom freezer. Coordinated appliance lines let you add the latest features with a consistent look.

Keurig coffeemaker built into a refrigerator door.

Built-in Coffee

The coffeepot is always on in this kitchen, but it’s a version tailored to today’s tastes. The GE Cafe French-door refrigerator (#694242) holds an in-the-door Keurig K-Cup brewing system for quick single servings of your favorite hot beverages. The system also dispenses hot water at your desired temperature and allows you to select a precise amount of hot water for beverages, cooking, or other household needs.

Before of the kitchen storage wall.

Before: Storage Wall

The long wall opposite the work core contained a lot of cabinets, but they looked bland and the configuration didn’t offer much storage flexibility. Though there was some counter space along the wall, it was far from the sink and the appliances in the work core. The countertop microwave wasn’t convenient, either. What’s more, the kitchen lacked seating and a focal point.

Kitchen island with built-in microwave.

Island Amenities

A microwave (GE Cafe line, #255460) installed in the kitchen island makes it easy for kids to heat up after-school snacks. Light the island with an allen + roth™ pendant (#616030). The clear bottle shade conveys vintage farmhouse style.

Kitchen island with built-in dishwasher and microwave.

Mixed Materials

Dishwashers, like this one from the GE Cafe line (#538382), don’t always need to be positioned beside a sink. Ask a contractor about the cost of plumbing and electrical connections needed to install one in an island. Trade base cabinets in part of your kitchen for a compact desk area with storage and display space.

Sliding pantry doors.

Slide and Hide

Conceal a well-stocked pantry behind barn-style sliding doors. You can make them from inexpensive hollow-core doors and rustic-look hardware.

Detail of tile.

Not Just for Backsplashes

Brick-look backsplash tile (#695073) is earthy yet elegant. This area above a compact desk area helps tie the space to the rest of the kitchen.

Cabinet doors with mesh inserts.

Doors with a Difference

Add subtle pattern with cabinet door inserts made of metal mesh (#42142). Use tin snips to cut the mesh to fit.

Wood-look porcelain floor planks.

Wood-Look Floor

Porcelain tile floor planks (#591551) suggest weathered wood salvaged from an old machine shed.