Classic farmhouse kitchen décor mixes shades of soft yellow paired with rich blues and barn red. The color scheme should be warm and inviting, so choose hues that you find particularly calming. If you are unsure of where to begin, look for pieces described as French country – these will accentuate the look of any farmhouse kitchen. Indigo blue is an especially fabulous shade to incorporate alongside the rustic wood elements and distressed vintage accents. Table runners and napkins replicating vintage French mattress ticking are popular in farmhouse kitchens. Woven of linen and cotton with an appealing softness, ticking energizes the other patterns and textures of a tablescape.
Table runners add a touch of vintage charm to a farmhouse kitchen setting. They can add color and texture to the farmhouse table while also acting as a unifying element atop freestanding cupboards and open-shelving. A table runner should be one-third the width of the table and extend 6 inches past the table edge on each end.
Most century-old farmhouses were built with a linen closet, even though it could be a very small one, well arranged to show the piles of sheets, pillow-cases, and towels, as well as the table linen, each and all with a sachet bag of sweet lavender. The range in quality and price of table linen was greater than that of almost any other fabric. It was a long step from the fabrics that were so coarse, so loosely woven that they could be used for sieves, to the double damask, so fine that even under a magnifying glass it was almost impossible to discern the threads. One of the nicest wedding presents that could be given to the young lady was a stock of household linen, for to buy all that was required cost a great deal of money, and it was an expense that people felt they must sometimes go without when they had to provide it for themselves.