Designing a kitchen for a barn

Designing a kitchen for a barn

A barn kitchen is a dream to design. All that wonderful space and gorgeous rustic beams! The mix of original features, vaulted ceilings and modern finishes completed in the renovation gives you an almost perfect blank canvas to work with, and for many people who take on this project, the barn is the ideal spot for their kitchen.

So, what sort of barn kitchen style should you choose? Modern or traditional, or a blend of both? The clean lines of the Shaker Kitchen is always a good option to blend the modern with a traditional. If you want a complete contrast, flat modern units can also look great with old-barn features.

First things first – the ceiling. The room needs to be as high as possible, this is non-negotiable and will form the main WOW of your new barn kitchen.

The second feature to look are the beams, are you going to leave them in a raw state, paint them or apply a soft limewash? Each of these finishes can give a completely different 'feel' to the room. While these can and will look different in each property, they will be the bedrock of your design, a starting point to either play with or create a contrast.

If you want to go contemporary, but feel the ultra-modern and shiny would date quickly. Why not choose a simple design with industrial elements. That's the beauty of a barn kitchen, it's so versatile.

Personally, my dream home is a Georgian cottage, with a barn attached to it. I like the idea of a cosy home and then stepping into a large barn kitchen. For me, the extremes create a real WOW and prompt a sharp intake of breath.

Large bi-folding doors are a good idea, bringing the outside in. Creating a perfect space for those hot summer evenings and making the barn kitchen seem larger still.

Some styles which look great in a barn is rustic, modern, period shaker, traditional English, industrial and shabby chic. Whatever style you choose, you can't go wrong. Look at some beautiful barn kitchens below and enjoy!

Barn Kitchens