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17 Best Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas That Will Inspire You.

Are you looking for budget-friendly Farmhouse Kitchen inspiration? These are 17 of the best modern farmhouse kitchen ideas, from design elements to simple decor choices. We’ll cover everything from cabinetry and countertops to backsplashes and lighting. This includes creating a warm farmhouse feel in any kitchen with simple, budget-friendly accessories.

So whether you’re just starting to plan your dream kitchen or you’re looking for some inspiration to update your current one, you’re sure to find something you love here.

Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas

When we built our forever farmhouse, I knew the kitchen would be the heart of our new house.

In our previous home, we had plenty of room to spread out while entertaining, but everyone crowded into the kitchen.

So, with that in mind, the new house was planned with everything revolving around the kitchen.

Create A Gathering Spot

First, when planning the kitchen, one of my top priorities was a large island that everyone could gather around. After getting several quotes for the size island we wanted, we began searching for a budget-friendly alternative.

How To Add An Island or Eat-in Bar

Adding an island or eat-in bar area to a kitchen adds an instant gathering spot. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a cozy spot for gathering.

If your kitchen is small, you may have limited options. However, consider repurposing a dresser or chest to create a budget-friendly island.

Photo: Fox Hollow Cottage

We decided to build our island using a treasured piece of junk I rescued many years ago.

Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas - DIY Kitchen Island with shaker style cabinets and DIY pantry door.
The front piece is my rescued chest.

We found another similar piece of furniture at a thrift store and combined the two pieces to create the island. We added a wooden top to level the two chests and pull together the 6 x 7-foot island.

Although the wood was new, I used a technique to Make New Wood Look Like Old Barn Wood and loved the results.

Repurposed Furniture for DIY Kitchen Island for a modern farmhouse feel.  Colorful rug and vintage copper.

We also added open shelving, which created storage space. The large island is perfect for meal preparation and dining. We built the island ourselves and saved hundreds of dollars in the process.

The budget-friendly farmhouse island is a one-of-a-kind focal point in the kitchen and much more unique than one from the cabinet builders.

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Kitchen Island with low back bar stools for modern decorating style.

Another idea is to add an eat-in bar. You may have seen our recent tiny house remodel.

The kitchen is only 7 ft. by 12 ft. and doesn’t allow for an island or a table. Removing a partial wall created a small eat-in bar was our solution.

Now, the entire house feels larger, and the bar is a gathering spot when guests arrive.

Tiny House Remodel Before & After

I’m also joining a Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407.

You can link to all the other Challenge participants at the end of this post. It’s always fun to see how everyone’s style is different.

If you are joining me from Kim at Shiplap & Shell’s beautiful cottage-style kitchen, thanks for joining me.

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Adding Farmhouse Texture

When considering an industrial farmhouse style, we used only neutral colors, such as white, grey, black, and wood tones.

Therefore, it was important to warm the space by adding texture to the kitchen. A natural brick wall, concrete countertops, and shiplap walls provide an authentic industrial feel as well as providing texture to the space.

Brick wall and shiplap for added texture in farmhouse kitchen design ideas.

What Are Farmhouse Style Essentials?

You can create a farmhouse feel in any home style when choosing kitchen essentials.

1. Farmhouse Style Sink

A farmhouse-style apron front sink instantly elevates a kitchen to that authentic farmhouse feel. You can add updated faucets to create a farmhouse feel if you don’t have an apron front sink.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen with apron front sink, shiplap wall and brick backsplash.  Iron bottle drying rack.

2. Cabinetry & Hardware

Choosing simple cabinetry and basic hardware is another essential farmhouse style.

Basic shaker-style cabinets are timeless and always stay in style. Simple cup-style drawer pulls in black or rubbed bronze are a good choice.

Ideas for Decorating a Farmhouse Kitchen with shaker style cabinets and warm woods and whites.  Concrete Countertops.

3. Farmhouse Style Lighting

Vintage or vintage-inspired lighting is another way to create a farmhouse style in the kitchen. The repurposed vintage gas station lights were a budget-friendly option.

Vintage Industrial Farmhouse Lights with rustic kitchen island top.  Ironstone pitcher with tulips in a woven basket

4. Pantry Door

A large pantry was in order with limited cabinets, and the unique repurposed screened door was also a rustic focal point.

One trend is to use repurposed doors and other DIY techniques to create unique pantries.

Consider replacing a current pantry door with a unique vintage-style door or applying a faux finish to the existing door to add interest.

I recently shared how to keep your pantry organized easily.

DIY Pantry Door for Farmhouse Kitchen Idea.  Shiplap walls and shaker style cabinets in white

How To Add Farmhouse Style with Decor Accessories

Y’all know that I love saving money by using thrift store finds and vintage decor throughout the house.

However, many excellent reproductions will help you create that farmhouse kitchen feel.

Here is a hand-forged bottle drying rack that serves to hold coffee mugs and is a reproduction of a vintage drying rack. Here is a similar small version.

Forage Iron Bottle drying rack filled with coffee mugs and Keurig coffee machine.

I love filling the window above the sink with fresh herbs and flowers. Instead of traditional flower pots, I used vintage bowls to hold herbs and plants.

Farmhouse window filled with plants in vintage container with a view of the DIY Greenhouse.

Vintage bowls are a favorite collection, and I like to display them filled with fresh fruit as well.

Vintage and Thrift Store Bowls filled with fruit and vegetables on a concrete countertop for Farmhouse Style

Open Shelving for Farmhouse Style

Another way to create a farmhouse house feel is to display your collectibles openly.

Vintage tool box filled with old rolling pins on DIY concrete countertop in Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Here antique copper, vintage cutting boards, crocks, and rolling pins fill the open shelves and countertop.

Thrift Store copper pot filled with faux greenery  on open shelf in farmhouse kitchen

Learn more about creating and decorating open shelving in the kitchen.

Decorating Above Cabinets

Another great place to display your collectibles is above your kitchen cabinets. These ideas for decorating the tops of your cabinets will give you some additional modern farmhouse tips.

Decorating above kitchen cabinets with vintage and thrift store collections - shaker cabinets painted white and concrete countertops

Additional Farmhouse Tips

We would have loved to have repurposed old wood flooring in our kitchen. However, these floors are engineered bamboo flooring from Home Depot.

The bamboo flooring has a vintage feel and is very budget-friendly.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen with DIY Island, Pantry Door, shaker cabinets in white and shiplap wall.
A brightly colored rug adds to the farmhouse charm to the otherwise neutral kitchen.

The Farm Fresh Produce sign was a DIY project using a piece from one of our vintage door frames. We recently moved the sign to a new location and added a DIY Copper Pot Hanging Rack for added warmth and farmhouse charm.

Modern Farmhouse Ideas

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The kitchen island was recently updated with a burst of green paint.

I hope you enjoyed these farmhouse kitchen ideas. Now it’s time to follow the tour, and up next is Barbara at French Ethereal, beautiful kitchen style.

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Sunday 16th of April 2023

Your kitchen island is so beautiful. I love it.


Monday 17th of April 2023

Renae, I'm so glad you like it.

Kathy M

Saturday 15th of April 2023

Love your decorating ideas and how you incorporate old and new to make your home so welcoming and cozy. I live in Guilford county and so we are neighbors. Ash boro is one of my favorite spots for thrifting, dining and shopping. We moved to N.C from Virginia about 10 yrs ago and love it. We have the feeling of country living with 4 acres but also the availability of city services being 20 mins from Greensboro. My husband and I are retired and have 2 grown daughters nearby and 10 grandchildren.. love gardening, dogs,cooking,thrifting,decorating and birdwatching and of course all those grandchildren keep us busy. Even have a great granddaughter due in Aug. Our cup runneth over. Thanks for your great blog. Always look,forward to reading it


Saturday 15th of April 2023

Kathy, Thank you so much for your comments and we are in Greensboro all the time. Our daughter lives off Lake Jeanette Road. We are loving the country life and it sounds like you are as well. You are blessed to have all those grand loves. I'm so glad you shared.

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Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Thanks so much for sharing my kitchen in your Farmhouse roundup.


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Rachel, you have one of the best farmhouse kitchens I've seen. From the big island incorporating a dresser - what a brilliant idea - to all the small vintage pieces, it is full of interesting items to enjoy. Thanks for sharing the kitchen and the ideas.

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Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Carol, You are so sweet. Thanks for your compliments.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 30th of April 2021

Your kitchen is just so beautiful rachel! You've done such a wonderful job. I special love the vintage copper and rolling pin collection.

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Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Kim, Thanks so much sweetie.