Today's kitchens seem to be sleek and more contemporary than in the past. Newer stainless steel appliances and straight lined cabinetry are more often sought after than the older look of a farm country kitchen.

The more modern and updated kitchen seems to be the look of today in new homes as well as remodeling of older homes, seeking that cleaner style with all the bells and whistles.

One can still achieve the look of days gone by without the problems that come with older appliances, worn sinks and old plumbing problems. Appliances that are new but designed with the vintage farm look are an option in creating an updated kitchen. These appliances add a bit more warmth and charm than the modern style kitchen.

Big Chill Retro Appliances has modern day appliances with that old retro style that would fit into a country kitchen design. You can view its gallery of stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and dishwasher at

Here are a few design elements that would help to create that country farm kitchen style:


  • *White subway backsplash tile
  • *Old butcher block wood countertops or white Carrara marble countertop
  • *Open shelving
  • *White porcelain farmer's sink
  • *Bin pull hardware on the face of the cabinets drawers
  • *Reclaimed wood floors
  • Accessories for creating country kitchen style
  • *Tall enamel pitcher
  • *Old vegetable farm scale
  • *Calico printed bowls
  • *White plates
  • *Fruit printed drinking glasses
  • *1930s stoneware mixing bowls

Of course, when stocking your farm kitchen with accessories to add that final look, the best places to shop for original finds would be vintage antique and used furnishing shops. Check out shops in Newburyport such as The Barn, Flukes & Finds and "Antique Alley" (Route 1) in Maine for miles of antique shopping.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at She also blogs at