Five Elements to Create a Beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen

Considering a farmhouse style kitchen? Lets take a look at the details that make this charming style perfect for Philadelphia homes.

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Farm Sink

An easy way to make a big statement, farm sinks have become popular in kitchen design and are a great way to give your kitchen a farm house look. Farm sinks are available in stainless steel, copper, and cast iron, but our favorite is porcelain (sometimes called fireclay). These sinks give a soft look by breaking up square cabinetry with thick rounded corners. Farm sinks feel like a historic family heirloom that can be reused in your grandchildren's kitchens. 

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Furniture Pieces

We love to design farm house kitchens with mismatched cabinets that look like furniture. This is a great opportunity to reuse historic built-ins or upcycle a furniture piece like we did here. Farm house style is not about perfection, so don't be afraid to use a few reclaimed pieces. It's okay if counter heights and drawer pulls don't match, it all adds to the charm! 


Bead Board

This simple and inexpensive material is an easy way to add farm house charm to any kitchen. Bead board was once built of multiple interlocking smaller boards with a groove, or 'bead' cut into each one. Today, homeowners can avoid the small pieces and purchase sheets similar to plywood that have this pattern cut into them. Bead board can be used as a backsplash, cabinet door panels, or a wall covering like this kitchen above. This material is a great way to add texture to your kitchen without spending a lot.

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Traditional Flooring

Farm house kitchens should feel comfortable, a little vintage, and never fussy. We love to use wood floors in these spaces for a warm feel. Painting a wood floor also works great for this look. While ceramic and stone tile can work, avoid newer styles and shapes of tile that will give a modern feel. Have to repair your wood floor? Don't be afraid to leave seams or patches, they will only emphasize the age and character of your home. 

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A Big Country Stove

What could be more farm house than a big vintage stove? A large stove is great for cooking big meals and a vintage style works well with the farm house look. If you are looking for new appliances, there are new stoves still built in this style. Or consider a refurbished antique stove. Even a newer stainless commercial stove will work better than a boring standard kitchen range. It's all about making a statement with a piece that will last a long time. So, even if you don't want a vintage look, purchase something that is built to last.

Farm house style works with the architecture and character of older homes rather than against it. Consider this style to give your Philadelphia kitchen design a comfortable and vintage feel. If you're looking for a kitchen design in the Philadelphia area, fill out our Contact Form.


Solid Surface Backsplash Ideas

The kitchen is a unique room. It must be designed for cooking, eating, cleaning, and entertaining. Unlike other rooms in your home, every aspect of a kitchen’s design has to look good while also being functional.  Even the walls themselves can serve a purpose in a kitchen, especially when we look at the latest trend in kitchen countertops: the solid surface backsplash.  More than just a way to end the countertop, a backsplash serves the important function of making surfaces behind sinks, stoves, and other messy areas easier to clean.  These days, designers are taking the concept of a backsplash to the extreme, extending it all the way up to meet upper cabinets, or even all the way up to the ceiling.  Here are a few ideas from Airy Kitchens for solid surface backsplashes that are attractive, contemporary, and most importantly, functional.

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Countertops That Keep Going

The simplest iteration of the solid surface backsplash is to just continue your countertop material all the way up the wall.  At the moment, we often see this style used with granite or quartz countertops, which can be quite dramatic depending on the size of the area you’re covering and the natural pattern of the material used.  For a stainless steel stove with a hood system, a stainless backsplash can easily become the centerpiece of the room.  This style works best with light-colored quartz or granite, as a dark material can make your room feel smaller when covers the entire wall.

A Bit of Contrast

Another option is to use a material that’s drastically different from your counter material to create some contrast and visual interest.  For ultra-modern kitchens, a light-colored marble countertop can find a perfect textural complement in white subway tiles.  Or, if you feel your kitchen is too monochromatic, a granite or ceramic tile backsplash can add visual interest with dark cabinets, try a light-colored counter and backsplash or offset white or steel appliances with a bold, dark backsplash.

Consider Functionality

Of course, the most important function of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from water damage and food splatter.  Keep in mind when selecting backsplash materials, that some are easier to clean than others. Tile and marble will take more work than granite, soapstone or quartz. If you’re interested in a minimalist look and easy cleanup, a smooth, seamless surface like granite is probably best. For a lower-cost option, you might consider choosing from the range of laminate materials available at most hardware stores.  Some designers opt for other surfaces like tile or even wood; in these cases, you might love the look but you should be prepared to spend a little more time cleaning.

The solid surface backsplash is a relative newcomer to the kitchen design world but we think it’s a trend that will stand the test of time.  Not only can it take a dead wall space and turn it into the focal point of the room, it also protects your walls and makes for easy cleanup.  If you’re interested in a solid surface backsplash for your kitchen, you’ll want to speak with Sean Lewis, the Lead Designer at Airy Kitchens.  All you have to do is call (215) 853-6060, send an email to or visit our website and fill out the online contact form to schedule your free consultation today!

Pros and Cons of Open Shelving in the Kitchen

If you’re planning to do some kitchen remodeling in Philadelphia then you’ve no doubt spent a lot of time thinking about what types of counters, cabinets, and furniture would be perfect for you space, both in terms of looks and functionality.  Here at Airy Kitchens, we’re here to help you through these crucial design decisions that can make or break your next kitchen remodel.  Today, we’d like to talk about open shelving in the kitchen

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