Going Country in the Kitchen
Explore American, French and Tuscan versions of country style in the kitchen.
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The look of country kitchens is here to stay. Casual comfort is the key element in various regional styles of country decorating, as well as simplified lines and a rustic feel.
- Cabinetry is rough hewn and flat paneled, typical of a time when detailed millwork was unavailable.
- Natural and light-toned woods, especially pine, are used. Finishes, which often are mixed in the same room, are low sheen or painted.
- Texture is used in fabric, furniture and accessories.
- Textiles are often floral or geometric.
- Furniture is comfortable and over-sized.
- Softened corners and gentle curves in molding, cabinetry and furniture are typical of this style.
- The more elegant French provincial lines are simplified.
- Wood finishes are light, with clear glaze and low luster. Painted finishes are mixed in.
The look is timeworn and rustic. Details of furniture and accessories are heavier and sturdier-looking than American or French country.
- Woods are dark and richly colored.
- Open shelving and niches give cabinetry an unstructured look.
- Range hoods are large and often the focal point of the room.
- Furniture is painted or distressed (or both).
- Natural materials are used for sink, splashes and counters.
- Chicken wire and metal are used for cabinetry panels.
A professional designer or contractor can help you create the eco-kitchen of your dreams.