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.