NZ House & Garden - Country Living - - Farmhouse Comfort Country Style -

MAK­ING THE BEST OF WHAT YOU’VE got, what you can af­ford, what’s prac­ti­cal and hard-wear­ing - these ru­ral re­al­i­ties were the roots of orig­i­nal farm­house style. To­day’s farm­house in­te­ri­ors in­cor­po­rate an­tiques, col­lecta­bles and sal­vaged items that re­mind us of work­ing days in the past, along with de­sign and decor fea­tures that be­came com­mon in early ru­ral homes. These in­clude big, solid fur­ni­ture (think comfy arm­chairs, butcher’s blocks and chunky kitchen tables), nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and rough-hewn fin­ishes, durable fab­rics such as burlap and linen, tongue-and­groove pan­elling, over-size or apron-front kitchen sinks, and open shelv­ing.

Noth­ing says farm­house kitchen like a big, gen­er­ous sink. The apron-front is a pop­u­lar choice but the more prac­ti­cal dou­ble-bowl works too, as long as it’s white. Wooden bench­tops and floors, open shelves stacked with crock­ery or pre­serves, bas­kets of flow­ers, wicker ac­ces­sories and rus­tic barn­yard ac­cents (a pitch­fork per­haps?) are other hall­marks of farm­house kitchens. Any vis­i­ble signs of wear and tear only add to the charm.

An­tique el­e­ments can give any room a wel­com­ing farm­house vibe. Mix and match styles, fin­ishes, tex­tures and pat­terns to cre­ate a com­fort­able, eclec­tic and lived-in feel that’s rem­i­nis­cent of the hand-me- down, make- do days of our fore­bears.

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