Six designers lean into American farmhouse style in the kitchen, proving functionality and beauty go hand-in-hand.
From an aesthetic perspective, the American farmhouse kitchen is characterised by natural, hardwearing materials, an emphasis on craftsmanship – typically seen through profiled cabinetry – and exposed elements, including kitchen appliances and overhead storage rails. From a holistic perspective, however, a true American farmhouse kitchen goes beyond design.
The quintessential American farmhouse kitchen radiates comfort and warmth, encouraging a ‘back-to-basics’ approach to wholesome meals and sharing them with friends and family. We’ve handpicked six American farmhouse-style kitchens – within both reinvented farmhouses and new homes – that honour their agricultural roots and celebrate the traditional American farmhouse, be it through form, material or principle.
Watch Hill House by Studio Giancarlo Valle
This historic mansion in Rhode Island, New England, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was revived by Studio Giancarlo Valle. The large entertainer’s kitchen is shaped by a reclaimed timber display cabinet, exposed ceiling beams and shaker-profiled cabinetry at home with vintage Pierre Jeanneret stools, Apparatus pendant lights and a statement La Cornue range cooker. Brass tapware and an eclectic curation of mismatched ceramics and glassware affirm the relaxed American farmhouse style.
Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture
Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture, located in East Hampton, New York, explores a dark and moody palette in contrast to its beach surroundings. Although the home is a new build, Adam lifted material cues from nearby barns – charred timber, zinc metal and exposed concrete – and applied them throughout the home, including the kitchen. This richly-layered palette in the kitchen is designed to age and patina gracefully, met with one of the hallmarks of the American farmhouse style – a freestanding cooker.
Twin Bridges by Workstead
This 19th-century Victorian home in Hudson Valley, New York, was in dire need of intervention when Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead took it on. The new kitchen is housed within a new pavilion extension at the rear of the home, echoing the colours and shapes of the exterior through a curvaceous island bench and recurring black accents. Alternating custom cylindrical handles, a pot filler and a built-in storage rail tap into the American farmhouse style against a backdrop of cream hand-plastered walls and colonial windows.
Jupiter Island Home by Thomas Melhorn and Betsy Brown
This new home on Floridas’s Jupiter Island pays homage to the state’s traditional architectural vernacular from the inside out. “We wanted materials that patina and age because I think it adds to the story. Over time, those nicks and scratches are reminders of past generations,” Thomas Melhorn architect Christian Thomas says. The farmhouse-style kitchen is the best example of this ethos, filled with locally-sourced materials from limed Cypress walls to American white oak floorboards and naturally-treated timber joinery.
Bruey Cottage by nune
nune described this 17th-century timber cottage in Connecticut as a ‘gem’ when the clients – LA-based residential restoration firm Branca & Co – approached them to assist with the interior overhaul. The studio channelled the building’s modest architecture into the new kitchen space, adopting an all-white colour scheme to contrast the restored original red brick floors and original timber beams. Timber mug holders with open shelves reiterate the unpretentious nature of the home, resulting in a timeless and refreshing L-shaped kitchen.
Albermarle Terrace House by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
Oregon-based studio Jessica Helgerson Interior Design were tasked with completely transforming a 1920s terrace in an affluent neighbourhood in Portland. The design team relocated the kitchen to the ‘sunnier’ side of the home and called on the traditional architecture through the black Lacanche range cooker, brass fixtures and profiled benchtops. A freestanding timber island bench on brass legs naturally creates a place to gather, doubling as both additional seating and preparation space.