With current trends in home design, the farmhouse style is definitely “in”. But what is a farmhouse style kitchen? Popularized by the show Fixer Upper on HGTV, this styling focuses on rustic and antique accents mixed with natural spaces. In most designs, the spaces are designed to draw your eyes to focal points and knickknacks without appearing cluttered. Fixer Upper’s stars Joanna and Chip Gaines showed everyone how easy it can be to design a space to feel warm, cozy and lived in. So what kind of cabinetry should you look for to make it work for your home?
Mix Natural and Modern Looks for Shabby-Chic
One of the principle draws of farmhouse styling is the natural woods and colors that feel simple and comfortable without dominating the space. The term shabby-chic refers to a design appearance of being old and worn, but in a pleasing and antique way. This can be achieved in many ways with stained or painted cabinets – neutral colors like white or light blue work best, and a variety of stains can achieve the same effect. The main thing to remember is to keep it natural and neutral to help draw attention to centerpieces, such as custom designed hoods or ranges. Natural and neutral colors help to make trinkets and knickknacks “pop” and can play off more modern looking appliances and fixtures as well.
Light the Way
Another important focus to achieve a Fixer Upper design will be the lighting of your space. One of the ideas behind the farmhouse style is to include lots of natural light, but this affects your cabinetry as well. Depending on the lighting, the color or stain of your cabinetry can look different from how you imagined or saw it in a showroom. Accounting for this can be paramount in achieving the perfect farmhouse design. Our experienced cabinetry designers at Factory Builder Stores can help you procure samples so you can see how finishes will look in your space before you settle on your final choices.
Distinctive Designs to Make it Your Own
Some unique cabinetry styles can contribute to a shabby-chic look as well, such as in Starmark Cabinetry’s Heritage line which has a paneled pattern that contributes to an older homestyle aesthetic. Or their Laguna cabinetry design, which can be “distressed” in some colors to give it a faux worn look. At Factory Builder Stores, every cabinet brand we carry can achieve the farmhouse appearance. From the more budget conscious Legacy Cabinets to the premium Plato Woodwork custom options, FBS designers can get you the look you want in any price point.
Match Your Appliances for that Down-Home Look
With your cabinetry setting the stage of your kitchen, one of the best ways to create design synergy is with the perfect centerpiece. Appliances can be one of the most unique focal points in your home, and Factory Builder Stores has the brands that will get you your next standout piece. Options such as Bertazzoni’s Heritage Series, La Cornue’s CornuFe Series, or one of a kind pieces like an AGA range will set your kitchen apart from anyone else’s. This is the perfect opportunity to go for that unique appliance color or style, but even standard stainless steel appliances can make a profound statement.
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