When you think of the "heart of the home," the kitchen that comes to mind is likely of the idyllic farmhouse variety (think classic wood floors, lovely painted cabinets and paneled walls, a verdant view, and, of course, exposed ceiling beams). Cozy design details like these make for a warm, welcoming space where you—and your guests—could spend endless hours. Read on to see kitchens from the Architectural Digest archives that feature a variety of charming farmhouse-style accents to great effect. But be warned: If you don't live there already, you will quickly begin debating a move to the country (or at least a rustic revamp of your city apartment).
At a retreat in the Adirondacks , the kitchen cabinetry, designed by decorator Thom Filicia and architecture firm Shope Reno Wharton, is painted in a Farrow & Ball white. The hood is by Wolf, the backsplash tile is by Urban Archaeology, the sink fittings are by Waterworks, and the barstools are by Marsia Holzer Studio. The wing chair, from Lillian August, and the Thom Filicia Home Collection sofa are upholstered in Perennials fabrics, and the rug is by Stark.
In Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild's Martha's Vineyard getaway , the kitchen’s pot rack is from Ann-Morris, the reclaimed-oak open shelves feature brackets by Rocky Mountain Hardware, and the backsplash tile and farmhouse sink are by Waterworks; a Ralph Lauren Paint white was used on the Rivkin/Weisman–designed cabinetry, and the antique granite flooring is from Exquisite Surfaces.
Large windows overlook the pasture in this Martha’s Vineyard kitchen by architect Mark Hutker, which includes a La Cornue range and granite counters.
The boldly patterned Aguayo tiles in the kitchen of a Dominican Republic estate designed by Genevieve Faure were locally sourced. The range is by BlueStar.
Rustic meets modern in designer Ellen Denisevich-Grickis’s Rhode Island home, which features a Murano-glass chandelier hanging above a vibrant Shaker-style island.
This streamlined upstate New York kitchen designed by Thad Hayes includes a circa-1910 iron chandelier.
Barstools by Mulligan’s add a homey element to this Dutchess County, New York, kitchen by Gil Schafer, who also designed the cabinetry.
In a Hamptons house designed by Steven Gambrel, the kitchen is appointed with a RangeCraft hood, a Lacanche range, Waterworks sink fittings, and cabinet hardware by Sun Valley Bronze; the vintage lanterns are from Olde Good Things, and the chairs are by TK Collections.
Fulvio Di Rosa restored the ceilings and designed the cabinets at this home in Borgo di Vagli, a tiny village in Tuscany.
Bespoke cabinetry offers abundant storage in the kitchen of a Greenville, South Carolina, house decorated by Barbara Westbrook of Westbrook Interiors.
The kitchen and dining area of Dean Marchetto’s upstate New York farmhouse juxtaposes Arts and Crafts with modern furnishings.
The island in architect Howard J. Backen’s sunny Napa Valley, California, kitchen doubles as a work space and a gathering spot.
Counters of reclaimed mahogany top pine cabinetry in the kitchen of writer Amanda Brooks's Oxfordshire, England, country home . The range is by Lacanche, and the brass sink fittings are by Barber Wilsons & Co.
The unfussy kitchen of Angela Lansbury’s farmhouse on the southeast coast of Ireland features a long table so that meals can be prepared and eaten in the same room.
Jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke's Virginia kitchen , which was decorated by Jean Perin, features vintage Italian lanterns, Roman shades of a Bennison linen, and a Wolf range.
Mark Manardo and Barbara Balow designed this Michigan kitchen to look like a communal Shaker kitchen.