Country Kitchens: Options and Ideas
Simple light-colored wood countertops, white cabinetry and understated sage green or pale yellow walls are truly characteristic of a country kitchen design. In fact, it's often the pairing of modern design and a bit of vintage personality that helps give a country kitchen its signature farmhouse feel.
It's the mix of woods, including heart-pine flooring and recycled-timber beams, that distinguish this country kitchen by Studio Entourage and architect Linda MacArthur. The barstools are slipcovered in muslin for a casual look and easy care.
Knotty pine walls and cabinets give this kitchen designed by Christine Albertsson of Albertsson Hansen Architects a rustic, cabin-in-the-woods ambiance. Wrought-iron chandeliers with candle bulbs harken back to simpler times.
Exposed ceiling beams and a wood-burning fireplace provide the open, lodge-like feel in this kitchen designed by Jeff Murphy. The island is weathered wood and the sconces are aged copper.
Rustic Meets Refined
A stone wall is the focal point of this country kitchen designed by Jill Jarrett and Lauren Costar of Jarrett Design, LLC. Professional-quality appliances ensure that the workspace is as functional as it is charming.
This fishcamp cabin kitchen by Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning hits just about every country note: Rustic wood, milk-paint colors, suspended plate racks and casual scatter rugs – and, of course, a deep farmhouse sink. Pale walls and a disciplined lack of clutter keep it all from becoming overwhelming.
Don’t be afraid of adding other countries to your country kitchen. A Middle-Eastern-style chandelier fits perfectly in this American kitchen with a classic country table and fabric-covered chairs. Seasonal centerpieces highlight nature; imagine how glorious sunflowers would look here in the summer!
Start designing your country kitchen by choosing the cabinets. Painted white cabinets are common to country kitchen styles, but you can add a unique touch by choosing a different neutral color, like cream or pale yellow. Choose cabinets made with wide-plank fronts to bring in a barn-style design. Crown molding is also popular in country kitchen cabinet design.
If you are thinking of going the do-it-yourself route with cabinets, then it's fun to play with various paints and textures to achieve your desired style. Give painted cabinetry a distressed, rustic look with special tools, and pair it with a countertop made from light-colored wood, like maple. Also, if you have the space for it, consider using the rustic cabinets to create a kitchen island with breakfast bar.
Floors in a farmhouse style kitchen are often made from light wood, varying in style and size. Again, consider wide planks to give the space a true country look.
Complete the look of your kitchen area by incorporating country-style elements, like a cookie canister decorated with a rooster or vintage tools that you discovered at a flea market. Just be sure not to overdo these design elements, instead including them in small doses throughout the area.
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