The top 5 tips to getting that “down home” look

Like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and homemade apple pie, there’s something about the farmhouse kitchen style that speaks to the soul. Reclaimed wood, vintage elements and roughed up furniture, all create a “down hominess” that is warm, comforting, and absolutely sought after by many homeowners – whether they’re living in the Appalachians, or the Big Apple. For the free-spirited among us, creating a rustic kitchen space isn’t difficult. If you need a more pragmatic guide to emulating the farmhouse kitchen style however, here’re some tips:

Reclaimed wood, vintage elements and roughed up furniture, all create a “down hominess” that is warm, comforting, and absolutely sought after by many homeowners. (c) bulthaup

Reclaimed wood, vintage elements and roughed up furniture, all create a “down hominess” that is warm, comforting, and absolutely sought after by many homeowners. (c) bulthaup

  1. Your #1 must-have? Mason jars! Though some of us with more humble beginnings may have grown up using them as glassware, mason jars are as beautiful an addition to your farmhouse décor as they are frugal! You can use them for herb planters, vases and food storage, but our favourite way to use mason jars right now is to craft them into rustic wall sconces. Simply attach to reclaimed wood and insert real (or battery operated) candles.

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    The beauty of an old farmhouse with open brick walls and minimal commitment. (c) neff

  2. And, speaking of reclaimed wood, this is an essential element of the farmhouse kitchen style! Whether you salvaged it from the side of the road, or spent big bucks finding that perfectly grained piece of barn board, it’s a rustic must-have. If you are lucky enough to live in an older home, consider refinishing old hardwood floors, uncovering wooden ceilings, or using shiplap on walls. To incorporate reclaimed wood with minimal commitment, use railroad ties for freestanding shelves.

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    An eclectic assortment is commonly found in farmhouse styles as its contents have likely been passed down from generation to generation. (c) neff

  3. Embrace the eclectic. The beauty of an old farmhouse is that its contents have likely been passed down from generation to generation. The result is an eclectic assortment of furniture and trinkets that are representative of a family’s history. If you’re starting fresh however, it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same look. Simply ensure that every corner of your farmhouse kitchen is occupied by an unexpected element like a vintage mirror, a dried flower arrangement in a tin milk pail, or an empty antique window frame that holds your family photos.
  4. There’s a reason our grandmothers’ kitchens always have a cast iron pan. Nothing else gives food an earthy and robust flavour like a well-seasoned cast iron pan. However, cast iron hardware is also at home in the down home space. Cast iron knobs and handles can be used as cabinet and drawer hardware. You can also use a cast iron rod to store your cast iron cookware.
  5. Make antiques useful…again. In the farmhouse kitchen, there are few places for items that have little or no practical value. That includes antiques! So, take grandma’s floral spray tea set out of the china cabinet and use it for your next girls’ night. Or, make use of an old wooden stove to heat the kitchen (or even the entire house)!

So, keep the home fires burning and invest just the right rustic kitchen for you.