Country Kitchens: Options and Ideas

Unleash your down-home nature with these ideas for a country kitchen design.
Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

Cozy Country Kitchen Designs

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Classic Country Appeal

Photo By: Cyndy Cantley, CKD

Pale Perfection

Photo By: Rick Hammer; Design By: BeDe Design

Simple Pleasures

Photo By: Richard Leo Johnson; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Colorful Country

Photo By: Julia Staples Photography; Design By: Hannah Dee Interiors

The Tractor Factor

Photo By: Matt Villano Photography; Design By: Jill Jarrett, CKD, CBD, and Lauren Villano, AKBD, of Jarret Design, LLC

Terra-Cotta Close-Up

Photo By: Matt Villano Photography; Design By: Jill Jarrett, CKD, CBD, and Lauren Villano, AKBD, of Jarret Design, LLC

Mixed Design

Photo By: Joshua Vick; Design By: Studio Entourage and architect Linda MacArthur

Handcrafted Accents

Photo By: Scott Amundson; Design By: Christine Albertsson of Albertsson Hansen Architects

Warm Textures

Photo By: Susan Gilmore; Design By: Jeff Murphy

The Industrial Age

Photo By: Richard Leo Johnson; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Rustic Meets Refined

Photo By: Jarrett Design LLC

Animals Welcome

Photo By: Alan Gilbert; Design By: Patricia Caulfield

Natural High

Photo By: Larry Huene; Design By: Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

Country, Southwest Style

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit Design, Inc.

Go Fishcamp

Photo By: Jack Gardner; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Français Farmhouse

Photo By: Steve Voegeli; Design By: Tami Holsten of Bear Trap Design

The Lodge Look

Photo By: Steve Voegeli; Design By: Tami Holsten of Bear Trap Design

Freestanding Storage in Rustic Kitchen

Photo By: Steve Voegeli; Design By: Tami Holsten of Bear Trap Design

Beam Me Up

Photo By: Scott Basile; Design By: Mary Jennings

Eclectic Eat-In

Photo By: Carlos Vergara Photography; Design By: Susan Klimala of the Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

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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