Country kitchens have really come into their own these past few years; with their cosy look, homely feel, and rustic style, they’re timeless. While country kitchens aren’t anything new; the overall feel is calm, but the aesthetic makes an impact; fresh trends are emerging. Want to recreate a warm and welcoming country kitchen? Design your country style kitchen by including one or more of the following elements into your kitchen design.
Why Shaker Doors?
Shaker-style kitchen cabinet doors are a popular choice in ant country kitchen. Today’s Shaker cabinets are still plain and unadorned with the simple recessed panel door. What makes this door style so appealing is that its’ clean, timeless and unassuming design lends itself to blend well into both modern and very traditional kitchen schemes.
The Colour Choice
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white cabinets, which can make the room look more spacious. However, if you want to add some real style and personality to your kitchen use brighter colours — but just make sure you’re restrained. One of the more popular colour choices currently being used, which is the “lesser-of-two-evils”, is accent colours. For example you could have white kitchen cabinets and walls, but you might opt for colourful appliances, wall tiles or splashbacks. For a bolder choice, some people opt to use bold colours on their cabinetry. For instance you could have white kitchen cabinets along the wall and blue or black island cabinets. Or go wild with a full-out bold colour choice on all the cabinetry. Go for a classic look with white shaker cabinets or go more modern with grey or blue shaker cabinets.
Choosing the right kitchen countertop is vital because they are such a major element of your country kitchen’s design, especially if you have a kitchen island. Quality granite or solid wood countertops are the standard choice in country style kitchens. If choosing granite, avoid anything too bold as it will not fit the rustic feel. Rather go for natural reds, browns and cream tones rather than black. Solid wooden countertops are probably the most common surface in a traditional country kitchen. Try mixing different materials or colours to create a more modern and rustic look and feel.
The easiest way to introduce texture into a country style kitchen is through soft furnishings. However, for a greater impact and modern look, one of the most common and impactful elements of a modern country-style kitchen is a feature wall cladded with reclaimed wood. Either on the countertops, open shelves, exposed ceiling beams, chairs, etc. Make these items one of the focal points in the kitchen for a greater impact and homier feel.
Add Antique Details
If you don’t want your country kitchen to have too much of a modern look, adding some antique details will give it a more traditional and lived-in feel. Opt for a dining table and chairs (even miss-matched chairs or benches) instead of a kitchen island. Alternatively, don’t use modern bar handles on the cabinetry, rather go for antique knobs or cup-handles.
Put Items on Display
Everything can be made into a feature in a country kitchen. Country kitchens aren’t supposed to be completely clutter free — in fact, those who prefer this style of kitchen will often display their crockery, cooking ware and utensils. Consider adding glass doors to your cupboards so your beautiful collection of plates, bowls, and mugs will be on display. Alternatively, for a more modern feel, introduce open shelving and plate racks to create a relaxed, country kitchen. Store your food items the old fashion way, by keeping pasta, rice and baking ingredients inside glass jars or bottles. There’s no need to put away your blender, old kettle or vintage coffee grinder either, as they all make great, eye-catching features.
The Right Kitchen Sink
Nothing says country kitchen like a Belfast or butler’s sink. These sinks can carry the country theme forward and are both stylish and functional, making them a popular choice among those who are looking to implement a country kitchen design. These sinks are wider and deeper than traditional sinks, which is great if you have a large family and a lot of dishes.
Whether traditional or modern rustic, make sure your kitchen has these special touches that make the country-style such a timeless classic.