Meghan Markle's farmhouse kitchen celebrates 'traditionalism and tactility' that's designed to last for decades

This rustic aesthetic is a natural choice for 'those wanting to create an inviting sanctuary,' design experts say

Meghan Markle
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It's been less than 24 hours, but Meghan Markle's new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, is already one of the most talked-about launches of the year. The Duchess of Sussex returned to Instagram after a four-year hiatus to tease its launch with nine Instagram posts that, combined, show the brand's gilded logo and crest and a video via her Instagram story. It was via the latter that we caught a glimpse inside her muted Montecito kitchen.

The farmhouse kitchen (seen in the trailer, originally posted to Instagram below) is a celebration of raw, rustic materials, including exposed brickwork and a wooden table/ island where the Duchess is filmed cooking. The look pays tribute to the wider residence that's known to exhibit a similar rustic aesthetic throughout, but we can recreate its style far beyond the Golden State. 

'Farmhouse-style kitchens are designed with a focus on comfort, traditionalism, and tactility, making this design an appealing choice for those wanting to create an inviting sanctuary,' comments Tom Howley, the creative design director at his eponymous kitchen company. 

The Sussexes introduced wood through their kitchen island table, but Tom encourages us to continue using this material in abundance. 

'Natural wood is an integral part of farmhouse kitchens, as it adds a sense of warmth and tactility. You can incorporate wood in the form of flooring, stand-alone furniture such as a farmhouse table, shelving, chopping boards, or integrated wooden trays to break up painted cabinetry,' he says. 

Similarly, while their cabinets are out of shot, Howley recommends installing traditional shaker kitchen cabinetry to complete the look. 

freestanding reclaimed island in farmhouse style kitchen

A farmhouse style kitchen similar to the Sussex's space. 

(Image credit: Clayton Cabinets/Darren Chung)

'Traditional shaker-style cabinetry is perfect for creating a welcoming, lived-in look. The shaker style has universal appeal, with beautifully balanced proportions that focus on scale, symmetry, and simplicity.'

These cabinets, like all the farmhouse-style features, are designed to last through the centuries, so while they may come as an investment now, they'll continue to impress for life.

Tom Howley
Tom Howley

Tom Howley founded the luxury British kitchen brand in 2004. With showrooms across the country, Tom Howley specializes in fitting beautiful, bespoke kitchen designs crafted from the finest materials.

The organic nature of the wood and stone provides a kitchen color palette that feels muted but timeless, but we can tap into this look with the right paint and countertop finishes, too. 

'In a farmhouse-style kitchen, shades of brown, blue, and cream create an inviting feel and pair beautifully with highly tactile, rugged countertops,' explains Mor Krisher, the Head of Design at Caesarstone. For a more contemporary alternative, he also suggests using a 'veined, white marble-inspired countertop' that 'provides a beautiful contrast to the otherwise coarse, raw materials throughout the kitchen.'

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We can also tap into the farmhouse look with accessible accessories that allow s to experiment with the look without a big investment. We've handpicked some of our current favorites below.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.