Affordable Kitchen Wall Decor Ideas in a Modern Farmhouse Style

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Are you looking for modern farmhouse kitchen wall decor ideas?

Maybe you love modern farmhouse style, are bored with the look of your walls, and want to add something to your kitchen space but just don’t know where to start. 

Farmhouse kitchen decor can be tricky because you don’t want it to look farm-ish. That’s why I’ve put together these 11 farmhouse-wall decor ideas. I’ve taken the guesswork out of it and am inspiring you to decorate your way to the modern farmhouse kitchen of your dreams.

Just a friendly reminder: This tutorial and any opinions or recommendations are genuinely mine, but this is not a substitute for consulting a professional. I also use affiliate links to earn a commission.

Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is always a good idea, so the kitchen area is no different. Modern farmhouse style incorporates neutral tones and black, so if you’re going for a modern farmhouse kitchen gallery wall, use black frames, which will pop beautifully off a white wall. 

A kitchen with a larger bare wall behind the kitchen island is the perfect spot to compile a gallery wall. Using rectangular or square frames, black and white prints, and black frames will create the most beautiful collection for your kitchen decor.

Floating Shelf

Floating shelves in the kitchen are a great place to display decor. For easy access, use the lower shelf for daily items and the upper shelves that may be harder to reach for decorative items. 

Modern farmhouse style is a balance of rustic features and modern features, which you can achieve through the decor on your open shelving. Some ideas for rustic elements are mason jars in different sizes (I think the wide-mouth jars look better). Modern features include geometric-shaped containers in a black finish or items with very clean and crisp lines. 

>>Here’s the answers to the most frequently asked questions about floating shelves!

Remember to include natural elements such as wood tones, wicker baskets, and greenery. Adding a few of these elements will warm up the space by adding a pop of color without detracting from the modern farmhouse theme. 

Large Clock

An overside wall clock is an easy go-to wall decor idea that never fails! It’s especially great for the kitchen because it’s functional and adds texture to the walls without being too themed or cheesy. There is nothing that I dislike more is themed, cheesy decor. 

A vintage wall clock works if you find one, or if you’re a bit crafty, search Pinterest, and you’ll find plenty of diy ideas for making a wall clock. With a bit of wood, white paint, and black accents, you can create a large clock for your kitchen wall with a slightly rustic feel, making great affordable kitchen wall decor.

Barn Doors

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If you have a pantry or other doorway in or near your kitchen, you need a barn door, and using a salvaged door is a great way to give a farmhouse vibe. 

My basement door was near my kitchen, so I sanded down an old exterior door to expose the natural wood tones to add wall decor and get that modern farmhouse look. I then frosted the glass so the windowpanes were still translucent and light could get through but so that I couldn’t see down into the basement. 

The best part about this farmhouse touch is the cost. Since I salvaged the door from another spot in my home where I no longer needed it, instead of throwing it away (or more like paying to dispose of it), I put it to good use. And this door gets more comments than anything else; everyone loves it. If you need an old door to salvage, check Marketplace, free piles, and your local salvage shops.

When searching for an old door, be as particular about the height and width as possible. This way, you don’t have to fiddle around with cutting the door down or adding to it to make it fit into your existing door frame.

Wicker Basket

Consider wicker baskets if you’re looking to transform a boring blank wall and want a modern farmhouse look. The best parts about using baskets as kitchen wall decor is they satisfy both your love of baskets, your desire for budget decor, and their natural materials instantly cozy-up your kitchen space.

Some of the reasons wicker baskets make the best modern farmhouse kitchen wall decor:

  • Baskets provide instant texture
  • Baskets bring in a natural element to any room
  • Baskets are unique and become statement pieces when added to the wall
  • A large variety of baskets are available for a very low price
  • Baskets create an inexpensive focal point of the room

I have an entire post about how to hang baskets on the wall easily. This post is filled with tips on finding inexpensive baskets, what to look for when shopping, and how to arrange and hang wall baskets.  

Botanical Prints

If you’re anything like me, you love pictures of my kids (and have thousands of them) but don’t exactly want these types of images as kitchen decor. Are you with me?

Framed artwork or photos make easy wall decor, especially botanical prints. These work so well in the kitchen because they are not too themed and complement a modern farmhouse style by adding a softer element to the space. 

Sage green coordinates well with a modern farmhouse look, and using botanical prints is an easy way to incorporate this color into your kitchen. I prefer a more subtle, vintage green, but mint-colored details or other brighter shades of green work too! Use a wooden frame and viola, easy modern farmhouse kitchen wall decor.

Tile to The Ceiling

Using your backsplash and carrying the tile to the ceiling is often an easy modern farmhouse kitchen wall decor idea. Because this is so stunning and makes the room look much taller, it’s a good idea in a small space or large. It’s an easy way to add texture to the wall and doesn’t require any extra thought since you’ve already picked out your tile!

As a lover of modern farmhouse style, I used this technique when renovating my kitchen, and the results were incredible. The results far outweighed the cost of accomplishing this look, especially since I used basic 3×6 white tile that cost around $1.00 per square foot.

Rustic Wall Decor

When carefully selected and strategically placed, rustic wall decor makes great modern farmhouse kitchen decor. It may seem like an oxymoron, rustic and modern, but these two styles go hand in hand. 

Copper pots are popular antique items that give a rustic vibe and adding just a few is the perfect touch to your modern farmhouse kitchen. Open shelving is the perfect place to set them; they pop beautifully with white cabinets.

Your local thrift store or flea markets are two places to look for rustic kitchen decor. I have an entire post about how I use thrift store decor in my home as an inexpensive way to create a curated look on a budget. Go see for yourself that thrift store decor does not mean old, cheap, or ugly!

Wood Beams

Another option you may have yet to think about since it’s not technically for the walls is wood beams on the ceiling or around the doorways entering your kitchen. Wooden beams are not some decor fad; they give that quintessential farmhouse look that is both classic and cozy. 

If you have a large area to work with, running wood beams across the ceiling is a great way to achieve a modern farmhouse look while also filling the space.

When you shop for wood beams, you can buy new ones that look old, DIY wood beams, or consider reusing old wood from a salvage shop. You can repurpose old floorboards to recreate a beam or wrap the door casing to make it look like a wooden beam.

Window Frame

Add a rustic touch to your kitchen walls by using an old window frame as decor. You can create a unique look by hanging a window frame with or without intact glass. 

Have a larger wall space and need ideas on how to decorate it? For example, larger window frames from an old french door are perfect for these spaces because of their size and versatility; they go with almost all home decor styles, especially farmhouse.

Vintage Artwork

Vintage artwork is the perfect way to add charm to your modern farmhouse-style kitchen wall decor. Use wood frames to add even more warmth to your space. 

You might be thinking, why would I add something old to my modern space? When done correctly, modern farmhouse style incorporates old, rustic, vintage pieces. You need to be particular with what you select and how much of it you use. You want to sprinkle it around. Don’t go over with the vintage, or you’ll wind up with more of a country farmhouse style, which despite its name, is very different from modern farmhouse style!

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