Country Kitchen Design

Explore your options for country kitchen design, and get ready to create a warm and welcoming country kitchen in your home.
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By: Sean McEvoy

Whether it's time to remodel your existing kitchen or to install a brand new one, if your style tends towards the warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable, you'll want to explore the wide range of options for country kitchen design.

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.

Country kitchen style employs a focus on natural materials and fine craftsmanship in an effort to create a warm and comfortable kitchen design where guests will feel welcome and want to spend plenty of time. Cabinets, chairs and tables are often constructed from intricately carved wood, with cherry, maple, oak and pine among the most common choices. Pine gets its own special consideration for country kitchen designs; because of its uniquely knotty, natural and rustic appearance, it's particularly well-suited for these kitchens.

Appliances and accessories are also an important element of country kitchen design. Sinks in particular can carry the country theme forward. Many country kitchens feature old-fashioned porcelain sinks, or, for an even more countrified feel, classic farm sinks in stainless steel or porcelain. These sink types are both stylish and functional, making them a popular choice among homeowners looking to implement a country kitchen design.

When it comes to tables and chairs, expertly carved wood is generally the approach for country kitchens. As with cabinets, certain common choices appear regularly, with maple, oak, cherry and pine at the top of the list. Table and chair legs and back supports generally feature rich detailing, and chair backs may even incorporate carvings featuring bucolic country scenes.

Other design flourishes are quite common in country kitchen design, particularly the use of certain fabrics and patterns for curtains, tablecloths and placemats. Gingham, toile and plaid are quite commonly employed patterns, echoing the pastoral style and farming traditions of historical country kitchens.

When it comes to accessories like cookware, utensils and containers, country kitchens often feature choices that build on the down-home, comfortable theme. Flatware and cookware is commonly straightforward stainless steel, or it may feature wooden handles. Mason jars or other traditional canning jars may be employed for storage, echoing the rural traditions that inspired country kitchen design.

Whether your goal for a country kitchen design is to create a true farmhouse feel with extensive use of natural woods and traditional accessories or simply to pay tribute to pastoral history by adding a few country-style flourishes to your kitchen space, choosing country-inspired design will give you plenty of opportunities to welcome guests and family members into a welcoming and comfortable kitchen space.

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