When we think farmhouse kitchen, we think comfort, expressed through a mix of the old and new, an array of features — such as wood-paneled walls, a large sink, and decorative cabinet finishes or hardware — and generally a toned-down color palette. The traditional palette is no doubt calm and inviting, but we are also excited about the more modern takes on farmhouse kitchens that are often driven by bolder paint color choices and combinations. Which paint colors are perfect for your farmhouse kitchen will come down to what brings warmth to your everyday. Here's a selection of paint colors that will appeal to the traditionalist and the modernist.
A favorite paint color (for just about any room) is Swiss Coffee. As you can see here in this farmhouse kitchen, its weathered off-white appeal for cabinets, trim, and walls is undeniable. Behr's Swiss Coffee 12 gives the kitchen a very at-home quality, made even warmer by the two-tone wood flooring.
Black and dark grey cabinets in farmhouse kitchens are trending this year, and this Atlanta, Georgia kitchen certainly will win over some skeptics who couldn't imagine going dark in the past. "The colors were chosen by the homeowners," shares Cindy Aldrich of design/build firm The Aldrich Group, LLC, "and reflect their individual style and desire to mix it up in their farmhouse kitchen."
They used Benjamin Moore 1603 Graphite for the cabinets and ceiling. "It's an excellent choice when a true black appears too 'fresh.' We wanted the entire room to feel like a curated farmhouse kitchen, rather than a newly renovated kitchen," she says. "Graphite helped to create that effect. It's a great choice when you want to introduce an element of time-earned character into a space."
For the walls, the Aldrich Group used Benjamin Moore HC-104 Copley Gray, which frankly would work well for any farmhouse-style home, inside and out. It has a timeless quality to it that is also chic. In this kitchen, Aldrich notes "it was the perfect sage complement to the Graphite, and it accented the green highlights in the Antiqued Fantasy Brown Quartzite countertops." For the white cabinets, they used Benjamin Moore OC-130 Cloud White.
A blush-toned paint can add a little joy to your farmhouse kitchen, whether used for the walls or cabinetry, that you may not have considered. Paired with a tile backsplash or vintage hardware, the blush creates a cheery kitchen for socializing or reminiscing. We could not do a farmhouse kitchen article, of course, without mentioning Joanna Gaines, whose Magnolia Home Paint blush-colored Dutch Tulip is easy to love wherever you apply it.
Now this is a kitchen with edge, designed by Landed Interiors & Homes, in a renovated farmhouse in Redwood City, California. The colors in the kitchen "are inspired by nature and the Shaker palette," said Lynn Kloythanomsup, principal interior designer. The Hunter Green of the island (similar color: Cascades) particularly caught our eye and could also be considered for cabinetry or walls, to create a very different kind of mood in a farmhouse kitchen. Also, don't you just love this color green paired with the yellow Clé tiles?
We shift our preference from a deep tone to a muted one with this color choice. Introduce as a feature wall or use on an island to break up an all-white kitchen, or bring a sense of serenity by using on all your cabinetry. The color Freedom Found from PPG's farmhouse palette featured in this kitchen is "a staple for the traditional farmhouse kitchen look," says Amy Donato, PPG senior color marketing manager. And although seen here on the kitchen walls, Donato says,"This color looks gorgeous on kitchen cabinets, especially when paired with vintage gold fixtures and clean white walls."
There's a tenderness that a pale yellow brings to a space, which can be a nice choice in a farmhouse kitchen — a soft sunniness, if you will. "While joyful and welcoming, it's important to remember that yellow expands once it hits the wall, so even the palest yellows will make a big impact, creating a vibrant look without being overwhelming," shares Donato of PPG. She suggests their Maiden Hair paint "complemented with matte black fixtures ... to really elevate your farmhouse look."
Author and book editor Teena Apeles is a collector of vintage pieces and untold stories. She writes about art, culture, design, activism, and history, and edits books on an even wider range of subjects. One of her favorite projects was the anthology Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, a unique exploration of the lives and homes of Angelenos, for Narrated Objects.