From small creamers to large water jugs, pitchers are both utilitarian and decorative in nature. When it comes to farmhouse style, the most sought after of these shapely vessels are found in shades of white or cream stoneware. While some feature smooth sides and classic rounded shapes, others sport ribbed, fluted or other raised designs on the body of the pitcher and a variety of handle designs.
Antique and vintage pitchers and creamers or newer reproductions can be gathered and grouped in various sizes for a statement collection, introduced as an element in a seasonal vignette, or used to serve up refreshing lemonade or sweet tea in the summertime. Because of their neutral coloration, white and cream pitchers are easy to mix and match and can be used to hold any color of flower or greenery in any season. They can also be utilized to corral smaller collectibles or home goods, such as vintage stick flags or wooden kitchen utensils.
To introduce a bit of color or pattern to your groupings, seek out a few pitchers with simple striping or floral motifs to pair with solid-colored examples. Old and new pitchers are readily available at antiques shops, thrift stores and even big-box stores at a variety of price points, making them easy and affordable to collect. Stoneware, porcelain, glass, enamel and metal varieties can all be used to enhance a farmhouse home, whether lining a mantel or hosting a tabletop display of just-picked garden blooms.