Going Country in the Kitchen

Explore American, French and Tuscan versions of country style in the kitchen.

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Country Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

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.

American Country

  • 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.


French Country

  • 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.


Tuscan Country

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.

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