Guide to Creating a Country Kitchen

Featuring natural materials, handcrafted furniture and timeless accessories, the country kitchen is a warm, inviting space for the family.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionChoose printed fabrics in toile, gingham or stripes for your window treatments. Design by Sue Adams.
Paint bead-board furniture and cabinetry with milk paint in pastel hues such as blue, cream or pale yellow.
To evoke an Old English feel, remove the door panel below the sink and add a drape with a big floral pattern to cover the open space. This style of country is more ornate than others and incorporates rose, purple and green hues, bringing in anything that you’d find in nature. For a French Country feel, use smaller scale patterns in lavender, cobalt blue and other Impressionistic-inspired shades.
For the California country look, think of the beach and choose colors that blend in well with the ocean such as cream. Fill the room with exposed woods and avoid clutter.
Pick natural surfaces for use on furniture, cabinetry, countertops and flooring. For wood finishes, look for interesting carvings and craftsmanship. For surfaces to be covered in stone, consider tumbled and hand-painted tiles.
Avoid using artificial materials, such as plastic.
Don't overload the cabinets with greenery. Use them, instead, to display antique bowls with color. And for a cozy feel in the room, leave some of the shelves open, or cover the doors with chicken wire or stained glass. Then add lighting to expose what's inside.
If granite is used on the countertops, pick a honed rather than a polished surface. The matte finish looks more natural. Or go for concrete. It can be stained any color. Both require less maintenance.
Add a lighthearted or whimsical feature to the room, use materials in an unexpected way: a chandelier made out of twigs, for example, or copper for the backsplash.