Country Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options for country kitchen cabinets and how they translate into a warm and cozy dream kitchen.
White Country Style Kitchen

White Country Style Kitchen

This kitchen features 10-foot ceilings, limestone counters and a work surface made of African bubinga wood. The Venetian plaster range hood, simple cabinets and floating shelves evoke an earthy English cottage look.

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From: Jane Ellison

By: Amy McEvoy

Country kitchen cabinets are meant to be warm, comfortable and inviting with a timeless, natural appearance. They fall under the traditional kitchen design category and use specific cabinetry to complete the signature country look.

12 Cozy Cottage Kitchens

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What a Charmer

Exposed cabinetry, wood floors, vintage lighting and a retro sink are the stars in this charming kitchen.

Heavy Exposure

Open shelving is a trademark cottage look. By distressing and painting the wood on this built-in unit, Ackerman Interiors has created a perfect spot to display a vintage china collection.

Paint It White

Basket Case

Wicker is a great choice for accessories in the cottage-style kitchen. Design by Layla Palmer

Photo By: HGTV fan Layla Palmer

Cottage Chic

Designer Dave Stimmel embraces chandeliers, toile and gold in this eclectic kitchen. The rustic look of exposed-stone walls mixed with the ultra-feminine mantel and backsplash work well in cottage style.

From: Dave Stimmel

Two of a Kind

Beadboard and painted cabinets are popular choices in cottage kitchens. Why not combine the two for a unique look?

Not Your Grandma's Kitchen

Lacquered antler chandeliers and bamboo lattice-back dining chairs are a whimsical touch in this room by Don Raney. Painted crown molding against a hunter-green wall assures that the room isn't too funky.

Just Beachy

Cottage style lends itself to more than a rural landscape. This kitchen and dining area uses white cabinets, light green paint and nautical touches to create a seaside cottage look.

From: Genevieve Gorder

Toiles of the Trade

Pink toile wallpaper along with curtained cabinets give this nook a comfortable femininity.

From: Dave Stimmel

Everyday Elegance

Judith Balis uses floral valences, white cabinets, beadboard, lace and a pop of red to create cozy cottage style. Functional touches like an overhead unit for hanging pots and pans are welcome in the cottage kitchen.

Ravishing Retro

The early 1900s flush-mount fixtures in this galley kitchen give it the charming look of yesteryear. Calming sea-foam green paint brightens the retro-inspired cabinetry.

Modern Cottage

Exposed cabinets, vintage light fixtures, wicker baskets and bright pops of Granny Smith green against a neutral background put a modern take on cottage style.

Because country kitchens are meant to be used rather than admired, cabinets are usually made with durable, lasting materials such as wood.

Pine is a popular wood choice as it displays the visible knots and wood graining that country cabinets are known for. Pine is also readily available and budget friendly. The only con to using pine is that it is a fairly soft wood and can dent and scratch easily. Cherry, oak, maple and hickory are also popular wood choices for kitchen cabinets. They come in a wider range of colors and costs but are more durable than pine, so they may hold up better in a well-used country-style kitchen.

Painting and glazing wood cabinets is also common in country kitchens. Charming colors such as butter yellow, cream, mint green or light blue are common. Distressing techniques, milk paint and glazes may be applied over paint to enhance the country look further.

In terms of cabinet style, raised-panel doors, beadboard, and decorative panels such as stained glass, wire or tin are commonly seen. These added features give warmth and character to your cabinets and also allow charming country collectables to be displayed and to show off your own personal taste.

As final flourishes in your dream country kitchen, consider leaving some open shelves to give a warm look and to display unique family antiques or collectibles. Also you may choose to leave off cabinet doors under your sink and replace the doors with a fun patterned curtain to cover the open space. Finally dress up your finished cabinet doors with antique metal hardware such as rubbed brass, wrought iron, bronze or glass.

Country kitchens often evoke a down-home, charming feel for homeowners, family and guests. Cabinets are given decorative colors and flourishes to accentuate this charm, leaving anyone who enters with the desire for a cozy cup of tea and a warm slice of apple pie.

Simplicity Warms the Cottage Kitchen

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