It is hard to believe it has  been over three years ago since we completely remodeled our kitchen. Our main mission for the project were to create an open kitchen with a big island We also wanted to incorporate a modern farmhouse kitchen look.

Today, I am sharing some of the decor elements we used to create a modern farmhouse kitchen look! I didn’t want to add a lot of decor that wouldn’t just clutter up the space. So, I searched for farmhouse pieces that were both functional and stylish.

These are some of my favorite fixer upper style kitchen decor ideas!

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Paint color: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

(Our kitchen, dining room and family room is in this color.)

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Bar stools are from Ballard Designs. 

Fixer Upper Kitchen Remodel

Our original kitchen had two windows, neither of which brought in a lot of light. So, we wanted to open up the space to make it more light and bright. This required taking down a wall between our kitchen and our dining room. I should mention hired a contractor for our entire project.  (We are no Chip and Joanna!)

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The stairwell leading up to our second floor was also opened up. We really wanted to an open floor plan.

We also were adding on to the back of our house at the same time. It was truly an experience as we had to “live” out of our basement including setting up a make shift kitchen. These four months of minor inconveniences were all worth it!

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We ended up with a space that we truly love to spend time in. The kitchen is really the hub of our home.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Ideas

Whether or not you are planning on a full scale kitchen remodel, you can still add some decor elements that can give your kitchen a farmhouse look. Here are some of my favorite pieces that really pull a kitchen together and make it both styled and functional!

(1.) Multi-Tiered Stand

Tiered trays are so much fun! They are great for storing some of your smaller decor pieces or, in my case, mugs! Also, if you like decorating for the holiday/season, a tiered tray is a great way to “contain” your seasonal decor! Instead of covering every inch of my kitchen with holiday touches, I tend to stick to certain spots and just rotate out the smaller pieces.

There are so many ways to style a tiered stand. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to tray styling!  I love rotating out my Rae Dunn mugs for the season or holiday! You can even use a tiered stand for serving food at a party. So many options to use the stand from a function standpoint, but also to showcase some of your favorite decor pieces! A win-win!

My favorite wood tiered stand!

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Display your favorite mugs on a tiered stand!

More tiered stand options:

(2.) Baskets and Bowls

Another inexpensive and useful item for the farmhouse kitchen is baskets or bowls to display your fruit and veggies. I have a few of these containers around the kitchen including a two tiered wire basket and a footed bowl. Bonus: find that if I display my fruits and veggies, we are much more likely to eat them!

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My exact bowl no longer available. Similar HERE and HERE.

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This option from Amazon is a pretty and functional one!


Also, I love these two wire fruit basket options from Crate and Barrel and Target!

(3.) Bread Storage

Another popular functional farmhouse piece is a bread box! We love having our bread handy (our toaster is in a cabinet right below this box). This bread box is one of my most asked about pieces in our kitchen!

Farmhouse Essentials: Bread Box

I could not find my exact bread box  but this one is very similar! I love how it has some distressed details.

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(4.) Chalkboards

One of our favorite elements in the kitchen is our framed chalkboard wall! We opted to paint and trim out a wall size chalkboard. But even a smaller framed board would work too! The chalkboard is a great piece to update for the seasons and holidays.Also, a counter top chalkboard is a great option for spaces that don’t allow for bigger pieces! Kids love writing on the board and coming home to surprise messages! I often times opt for quotes and simple phrases on our chalkboard, but it’d be fun to use it as a weekly menu display!

Chalkboard Wall for Farmhouse Kitchen #farmhousedecor #farmhousekitchen #chalkboardwall

Real Boxwood Wreath | White Pom Garland | Wire Round Basket

I love this chalkboard that is also an organization system!

(5.) Farmhouse Style Trays and Vases

Contain the clutter and keep your kitchen organized with farmhouse style trays and vases. If you are looking for that fixer upper vibe, look for neutral and rustic pieces to complement your style. This rustic vase gives a farmhouse vibe but also it extremely useful in storing my most used kitchen utensils! Displaying your most used tools and ingredients is a great way to keep them handy plus clear up some drawer and cabinet space!

I like displaying our wooden spoons by the oven because I use them multiple times a day.We keep our most used oils and seasonings near on this white serving tray. I love white serving pieces because they fit into any decor style!!

You might even already have some of these decor pieces around the house that you can use for these purposes. Always shop your house before buying something new! 

Store wooden utensils in a vase for the farmhouse look #farmhousekitchen #farmhousedecor #kitchen

Cake Pedastal (Magnolia Market-not shown online) | Vase

Organize spices and oils on a tray for a farmhouse kitchen element #farmhousedecor #farmhousekitchen #kitchenorganization

Tray with interchangeable miniatures: Nora Fleming

(6.) Greenery

Nothing says farmhouse chic more than some faux and live plants! Greenery adds so much warmth to a space. While I love using as many live plants, I also like to mix in faux plants! Faux plants are great for spaces that do not get a lot of like!

One of the easiest type of live plants to care for is boxwoods! Real boxwood plants are easy to maintain (just spritz with water every few weeks). I also love ferns and succulents. Think about where you want to put the plants and then determine if the space would get enough light to support a live plant.

Farmhouse Decor: Greenery #farmhousekitchen #farmhouselook

Wreaths, succulents and fresh flowers are also great ways to add greenery to the kitchen!

(7.) Farmhouse Shelves

One of my favorite areas of the kitchen is our coffee bar with open shelving. Originally we had planned on more upper cabinets for this spot but I am so happy we opted for shelves.

This area gets a lot of use and is truly one of the most functional but fun places in the kitchen! These rustic shelves are a mix of useful items and decor pieces. I change out them for all of the seasons.

How to get the farmhouse look by using open shelving

White Cake Stand (Similar) | Mini Cupcake Pedestal: Magnolia

The coffee rack (another farmhouse favorite) is a great way to display all of the mugs!
Use a mug rack to display Rae Dunn Mugs #raedunn #farmhousekitchen #farmhousedecor

Mug Display 



So many ways to add function and style to your modern farmhouse kitchen!

It’s about finding the right elements that serve your family’s needs and decor preferences!

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  1. Vanessa on January 10, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Love your kitchen and your style!!

  2. Erin | Chasing Sweet and Simple on January 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I always love seeing your tiered tray!…and then am reminded to work on mine 🙂 I’ve been working on adding greenery around my house. I’ve never really had any before (not sure why?!) but I love the look!

  3. Julie on January 10, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Aw I love it! Love the examples pictures too! Inspiring!

  4. Holly on January 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Love it! You inspired me the other day to organize my kitchen so that is my plan for Friday!!

  5. Carly on January 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    You’re kitchen is so pretty! I love all of these!

  6. Jennifer Maune on January 10, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Super cute kitchen and love your styling tips!!

  7. Patty Richey on January 10, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    We redid our basement this past year and when we put in our bar, we opted for chalk board paint instead of a back splash and it is the perfect fun decorating element.

    Great post as always!


    • Jaclyn on January 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Your basement sounds awesome–have you ever posted any pictures??

  8. ChristineSaltyMama on January 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    These are great ideas! And that wooden tiered stand is GORGEOUS!

  9. Britney on January 10, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I would love it if we had white cabinets! I definitely want a multi-tiered stand and to make room for a chalkboard in our next house.

  10. Aseky Bonnaire on January 10, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Your kitchen is gorgeous!! I love the idea of a bread box! We always end up putting the bread on top of the fridge and it looks terrible haha! I also love the 2 tiered wooden stand, I definitely need one of those!

  11. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on January 11, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I love the way you decorate and really like all of the tiered tray suggestions

  12. Courtney on January 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Can you come decorate my kitchen!? Lol. I’m in love with your style. I think the chalkboard is my favorite. I’d have a lot of fun with that.

  13. Samantha-Raising Twincesses on January 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Love your kitchen! And what a brilliant idea to use tiered stands to hold mugs and other things! Totally going downstairs into my storage to grab mine and copy the idea!!!

  14. Aly Funk on January 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I seriously want all of those things! Love it!

  15. Eryka on January 12, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    the decor is so adorable! I LOVE the mugs!

    • Jaclyn on January 15, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Eryka!

  16. Rachel on January 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I love that multi use tiered serving tray! And I’ve been DYING to put a giant chalkboard in our kitchen!!

    • Jaclyn on January 15, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Rachel! The chalkboard is a lot of fun..and functional.

  17. Rika on February 3, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    What color paint is in your kitchen? I love it!!!

    • Jaclyn on February 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

      accessible beige by sherwin williams!

  18. Becky on February 27, 2019 at 8:35 am

    The backsplash looks like Travertine. What tile did you use?

  19. Shannah on March 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Where are your rugs from

    • Jaclyn on March 3, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Our kitchen runners are from costco! I got them a few years ago but they still have them every so often!

  20. Monica McKee on March 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful . I have the same granite but horrible cabinets . Do you know what color your cabinets and trim are?

    • Jaclyn on March 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much! Our cabinets are a warm white with a coffee glaze over them. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  21. Sherry on August 3, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I love the pendant lights. Where did you get them?

    • Jaclyn on August 3, 2019 at 7:10 am

      It is from Bellacor lighting!

  22. Michele Vlasic on September 9, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Jaclyn,

    I didn’t see what your reply for the tile backsplash you used. I am having trouble finding something to go with our new granite countertops. I love the aged look and cannot use stark white subway. Our granite has alot of cream, gold, black, some white and taupe variation.

    Thank you! Beautiful Kitchen!

  23. Michele Vlasic on September 9, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I am trying to find backsplash you have in your kitchen.

    Thank you.

    • Jaclyn on September 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      It is from Lowes! I saw it the last time I was in there. We used a darker glaze to give it more of an aged look.

  24. Samantha Norris on September 25, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Where did you get your curtain in your kitchen?:-)

    • Jaclyn on September 26, 2019 at 6:29 am

      I got the fabric from Joann Fabrics and made a no sew valance with some tension rods:)

  25. Venessa on April 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm


    I wish that I have seen your beautiful kitchen color schemes before we painted our cabinets! We have the exact same countertops. I was deciding between grey and a warm white and ended up doing a grey, that looks blue! The paint job turned out great, but the color is to cry about. It is a year later now, and I convinced my husband that we should redo it. The only color I got right was the accessible beige on the walls.

    Well, I have learned my lesson and are going to copy your ideas! I have read through the posts and cannot find the tile name you found at Lowe’s. Do you remember the name of the tile. Maybe our local Lowe’s do not have it in stock!

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

    • Jaclyn on April 26, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much! I will send you an email now with the info on the tile!

  26. Kristine on May 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    What is the name of your counter top?

  27. Kristine on May 18, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    What is the name of your granite counter?

  28. Alicia Hursley on October 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    The chalkboard was a really cool idea. We just put one up and so far so good. We just refinished our wood floors and I know it’s silly but I was worried that somehow the chalk would ruin it. I have a 2-year-old who is still learning that chalk is for the board and sidewalk only haha but it honestly hasn’t done a thing to the floors so far! Plus, my son is now thoroughly entertained throughout the day and I have a beautiful new kitchen decoration.

  29. Hoodsly on December 4, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Farmhouse kitchens are in trend these days! Keep sharing!

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