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9 modern farmhouse kitchen decor ideas

Modern farmhouse kitchen with black pendant lights and an oversized kitchen island via Studio McGee

WordsMegan Lambert

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The proverbial heart of the home, there’s no space where modern farmhouse decor is better suited than the kitchen. Incorporating characteristics of industrial decor style and Scandi interior style, it bridges the gap between traditional farmhouse decor and contemporary living. Creating a relaxed and welcoming ambience, it’s perfect for both simple suppers and entertaining. It’s modern living with those ‘good life’ trimmings. Find out how to create the look with these modern farmhouse kitchen decor ideas.

Modern farmhouse kitchen idea: a light, neutral colour palette

Unlike traditional farmhouse decor, which tends to be more colourful, modern farmhouse kitchens favours lighter, neutral colours, that also to make the best kitchen paint colours, like warming whitesbeiges, with charcoal greys as accents. Create contrast by painting your upper and lower level kitchen cabinets in lighter and darker shades or layer on the texture with some shiplap cladding wall panelling. Whatever look you go for, get an in-depth understanding of the different neutral colour palettes or get some inspiration from these 6 neutral kitchen ideas.

Modern farmhouse kitchen idea: natural elements

Create that rustic feel by incorporating natural elements into your decor. Countertops are a great place to do this. Choose between glossy marble, dark granite, or rustic wood—gorgeous when contrasted with lighter or dark lower cabinets or white subway tiles. Terracotta, stone, or exposed wooden floorboards are all great options for creating warmth and texture (with an accompanying rug, more on that later). Or, opt for brushed copper, iron or brass cupboard handles and fittings.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with dark green cabinets by Tessa Neustadt
VIA AMBER INTERIOR DESIGN. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TESSA NEUSTADT
Modern farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets by Studio McGee
KEEP YOUR WOODEN FLOOR BOARDS EXPOSED VIA STUDIO MCGEE

Modern farmhouse kitchen idea: industrial pendant lighting

We’ve never met an industrial pendant light we didn’t like, but they look particularly on point in a modern farmhouse kitchen. Place them above a kitchen island or dining table to create a statement look and demarcate the space—and remember to always opt for warming, filament style bulbs to create that welcoming feel. Get inspired with these 5 pendant lighting styles that will enhance your decor.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with marble counter tops and pendant lighting by Tessa Neustadt
GORGEOUS PENDANT LIGHTING VIA AMBER INTERIOR DESIGN. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TESSA NEUSTADT
Modern farmhouse kitchen with black pendant lighting and an oversized kitchen island via Studio McGee
LET YOUR PENDANT LIGHTING MAKE A STATEMENT VIA STUDIO MCGEE

Modern farmhouse kitchen idea: textiles and fabrics 

Soften those industrial tendencies of modern farmhouse decor by introducing textiles and fabrics into your kitchen. It can be anything from a deep red Persian rug to a blue and white ticking stripe table runner—little splashes of colour in an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Or what about creating a stylish bay window dining nook with upholstered bench seating or patterned Venetian blinds?

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