It’s not a new concept, but it seems to be a strong trend continuing into 2018 according to Kitchen & Bath Design News (KBDN). The steadfast lifestyle of making the kitchen the center of the home has kept this aesthetic popular. But what does that mean?
The character relief of a single-basin, porcelain apron-front sink, commonly referred to as the “farmhouse sink” is a must have. Surrounding this are Shaker style or less fussy cabinets, often with inset drawers painted white with pops of colors- often blue. Instead of upper cabinets, the use of open shelving adds to the casual décor. You can see the use of reclaimed wood which is also a popular trend… we will have to keep out eyes on how long that one lasts.
Countertops also get an update opting for a matte surface which we blogged about recently in a home we renovated in Needham. The family was not lookng for an overt modern farmhouse look, but pulled details from the look like a suede finish on the countertops and reclaimed wood look on an accent wall in the kitchen nook for warmth. Another detail of the Modern Farmhouse look is exposed beams in the kitchen featured in the picture above that help tell an architectural story while the white walls and cabinets provide the unobstructed backdrop.
The more minimalistic look of the Modern Farmhouse style focuses on purposeful flow where the kitchen typically opens up to an eat in kitchen or great room concept where the formal dining room is let go in favor of open family living that a modern kitchen offers. This merging of styles is the perfect update for so many houses in New England towns like Dover, Sherborn, Holliston and Medfield where older farmhouses are common and young families are helping move them into the next generation of style.