I have so many ideas for this kitchen, and have listed them all below. Refer to the numbers in the sketch for a detailed description below.
- From this view, the first thing we see is the door. It commands attention, and so it should be dressed up a bit! There are a few ways to do this. One is to replace the door (as shown in the sketch) with something with a tad more pizzaz. Another option is simply dressing it with some window treatments. I lean toward the first option because I hate to limit the view and sunlight coming in! Also, try oil-rubbed bronze hardware for a more authentic farmhouse look.
- The rug you have is great, but it is dwarfed by the space. Try something a bit larger, and wider. Keep the length you have there, but allow something wider to come into play to ground this space a bit more.
- This is actually a fairly simple carpentry fix. By replacing the small 90's crown with something significantly more substantial, we bring the crown to life and using something simple and straight leans to the authentic farmhouse simplicity.
- Oh, that darn beam. Beams can be troublesome quite often. This guy is central, and is not small in size. Let's not fight it. What if this were to be wrapped in a rustic wood to let it stand center stage? Now, if that feels off and awkward, I've thought about that too! Add some perpendicular faux beams in a smaller scale, and voila! A rustic farmhouse ceiling!
- Counters... I would love to see a nice simple quartz counter replacing all the tile and laminate. Something in a dark gray or cool brown tone... this, of course, depends on the rest of the house. I would do a eased edge on top and bottom for a soft simplicity.
- Now, if budget allows, replacing the existing cabinet doors would probably make the biggest impact on this space. Simplify to a basic shaker, paint white, and it's a brand new kitchen!
- The metal blinds in the kitchen date it. I know it's easy to forget the windows and deal with what we have, but replacing all the window treatments with some soft roman shades would bring a whole new life to the space. A linen colored fabric would bring the simple, earthy feeling that a farmhouse holds to the room.
- I would love to see some real tile on the back splash, run up to the underside of the upper cabinets. Again, the motto for farmhouse styling is simplicity. Even a basic square or subway would be appropriate.
- There are a couple directions we could go with the ceiling fan. A vintage look would be fun and give the space some personality. The other option, if the ceiling fan does not want to play a center-stage role, would be to take the extreme opposite approach and go ultra modern. Haiku makes some wonderful modern ceiling fans that could serve for a great inspiration if not using that actual line.
Note that I recommend the door knob above in the oil-rubbed-bonze finish.