Welcome to our newly completed European Farmhouse kitchen! This home completed by Boxwood Avenue Interiors is a transitional style with a bit of European Farmhouse flair. The kitchen design features timeless touches like inset cabinetry, unlacquered brass, and beautiful two-toned paint with contrasting trim!
We just wrapped up the installation a few weeks ago and I’m so excited to share all of the details. The large granite island, aged brass fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling cabinets all work together harmoniously.
This is a spec home that we were honored to design. A spec home means that the home was designed to sell. This is always fun because it allows us to get really creative and try new design techniques!
Read below for the kitchen sources and details to inspire you to incorporate our favorite design elements into your own home.
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European Farmhouse Style Cabinetry (Inset Cabinets)
These gorgeous flush inset shaker-style cabinets are a timeless style. We chose a painted finish in the color Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams.
Kitchen Design Tip: If you are designing a new kitchen from scratch, consider having drawers instead of doors on lower cabinets. This saves you from having to open a door to pull out an inner drawer or bending down to grab from a stationary shelf.
Counter resting upper cabinets on each side of the range add valuable storage in a compact kitchen space. This is a great way to tuck away unsightly appliances such as blenders and coffee makers.
Consider adding outlets within counter resting cabinetry for even more function of the space!
In thinking of design, we love that counter resting cabinets give the feeling of built-in furniture to the kitchen. It really elevates the overall design. Adding the thick crown molding at the top completes the effect.
If implementing contrasting trim, as we did here, make sure the trim matches the color of the cabinetry for a seamless look. We completed this trim color on all baseboards, crown, and interior doors within the home.
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The countertop in this kitchen is Absolute Black Granite in a honed finish.
Instead of adding a tile backsplash we wrapped the black granite up the wall and capped it with a shallow ledge.
The slab is a 2cm, and the shelf is 4″ in depth.
The ledge adds an extra layer to the design by creating a perfect spot to accessorize the kitchen without cluttering the countertops. From a design perspective, it creates an ideal stopping point while maintaining a clean aesthetic.
European Farmhouse Plumbing Sources
Plumbing is certainly a place to splurge when it comes to kitchen design!
This is one area where we recommend that you don’t compromise and select the best quality faucet within your budget. You will use this every single day, and you want it to withstand the daily use and make you smile while washing an endless pile of dishes.
We selected a deck-mounted aged brass bridge faucet for this project. Bridge faucets add endless charm featuring a style that dates back to the turn of the 20th century, a nod to the European Farmhouse style!
Another classic element is the farmhouse apron front sink from Shaws. Apron front sinks are designed to save you from leaning forward and also help prevent cabinet damage. Function and beauty!
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Hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen. You will set the tone for the overall design with the hardware selection. You can opt to swing more contemporary or go for something more timeless as we did here.
Design Tip: Feel free to mix metals in the kitchen! Notice we have the aged brass hardware next to the stainless steel oven. This is another way you can elevate the kitchen design.
We always mix knobs with pulls to create interest within the kitchen design.
Design Tip: When designing kitchens, I almost always opt for 2 pendants over an island rather than 3. I love the symmetry of 2 pendants flanking the range!
When styling a kitchen, I tend to look for ways I can create functional styling moments. This is accomplished through selecting beautiful accessories, almost always vintage in nature!
Adding some art, gorgeous vintage dishes, texture (like the barstools used), and plants can take an ordinary design to the next level.
To accomplish that European Farmhouse look, select items that have some patina to them such as vintage cutting boards or ceramics.
Adding artwork on the kitchen ledge might be unexpected, but it really gives life to the space.
The stars of the show in this space are the vintage Hungarian wall plates! I love the unique patterns and beautiful color the plates add to the kitchen.
Paint Colors & Finishes
Finally, let’s not forget about the paint colors!
The walls and ceiling are in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. This is the first time I’ve used the color, and I am smitten! This is a wonderful warm white that leans creamy without skewing yellow. Absolutely a new favorite white!
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We would love to help you with designing your home as well! Did you know we offer virtual design services as well as full-service design? No project is too small or too large!