Real Estate Trends
One of the top design trends for 2016 is farmhouse kitchens. Whether your client is buying or selling, these tips for converting any kitchen into a farmhouse kitchen can bring a lot of attention to the focal point of the home.
Kitchens are the focal point of the home. They are where families gather and memories are made. When a buyer walks into a home, they imagine themselves in that spot with their own family, making them one of the strongest selling points of a home. One popular trend in kitchens attracting many buyers is the classic farmhouse kitchen. There is a reason they are so popular. Farmhouse kitchens combine functionality with style and a down-home good feeling. Inviting, warm and comfortable, they whisper of a simpler time. Although the farmhouse style is considered very American, it combines elements of the English and French country styles as well.
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Homeowner Tips for Farmhouse Kitchen Renovations
There are a few key decor elements that make up the ultimate farmhouse kitchen.
- Apron front sink
- White painted cabinets
- Open shelving
- Rustic, contrasting colored hardware
- Wood, soapstone or marble countertops
- Glass canisters and accessories
- Islands and stools
1. Feature contrasting colors with a coat of paint. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to make walls "pop." This means that your cupboards cannot go neglected. So they will need either a fresh coat as well, or a new finish altogether. Once you’ve decided on your color palatte invest in your hardware.
2. Freestanding pieces of furniture are often key elements in a farmhouse styled kitchen. A hutch can double as an island or a sideboard.
3. The flooring is most often wood, but black and white tiles in a checkered pattern or terracotta tiles are popular as well.
4. Open shelving is a must. To keep your kitchen from looking cluttered by open shelving, use a few marquis pieces to showcase, and leave storage areas for the items that are quick to clutter.
5. Vintage decorations such as stoneware crocks, aprons, cast iron skillets and glass milk jars are just a few ideas.
6. Mason jars, whether used as every day glasses, vases for wildflowers or storage containers, are a staple in every farmhouse kitchen.