A country-style kitchen is the epitome of coziness and is no longer just something for classic country houses. Thanks to modern electrical appliances and wooden fronts in trendy colors, country kitchens exude rustic charm and timeless dream kitchen flair in one. We will show you what to consider when planning and equipping your country-style kitchen.
As with any interior design style, certain elements create a distinctive look in a country kitchen. You should not do without the basics and rustic details, even in your modern country-style kitchen.
The Country Kitchen Looks in Natural Colors
Whether it’s the kitchen fronts, the furnishings, or the decor, natural colors set the tone in a country-style kitchen. Traditionally, these are all shades of cream, sand, beige and brown, but nature has so much more to offer and especially in much more intense shades:
Sage green, stone or platinum gray, navy or sky blue, night black, orchid pink, berry red – anything that soothes and grounds is allowed. If the kitchen fronts are painted in intense color, the rest of the kitchen in the country style should be more discreet.
The color of the countertop should contrast with the color of the kitchen fronts but not be a break in style. In addition to all shades of white, beige, and brown, all shades of gray and black are suitable. In terms of materials, the countertop for the country kitchen can be anything from wood to granite, quartz, marble, and concrete. The most suitable are natural materials with their grain and texture, which is not too noticeable.
Wooden Fronts With a Coffered Look and Eye-Catching Handles
Smooth kitchen fronts in high-gloss look are not suitable for a country-style kitchen. In a country kitchen, the flair comes from the wooden fronts, more precisely, frame fronts, with the coffered look.
Kitchen fronts include maple, beech, birch, spruce, oak, cherry, ash, alder, and walnut. How the kitchen fronts are designed is up to your taste and the interior design concept. Country kitchens are available in American, English, Mediterranean and Scandinavian styles. Possible is a wider or narrower, thicker or thinner panel structure, with or without an extra edge, and with the possibility of having the wooden fronts also decorated individually if the kitchen studio offers this service.
The solid wood fronts or real wood fronts are stylishly combined with bar handles, round handles, or shell handles, which can also contrast in color with the fronts. Shell handles are called semicircular handles that are curved outward and open at the bottom.
Furniture With Shelves and Rustic Details
Open corner shelves, above the countertop, in the wall cabinet, or on the kitchen island are important style elements in a country kitchen. You will store pretty dishes you frequently use there in plain sight and within easy reach. The shelves can also be equipped with country house details such as crown molding or trim but are also well suited for hanging herbs or flowers to dry. Speaking of hanging: Everyday dishes or kitchen gadgets can also be happily attached to the hooks of a hanging rail in a country kitchen.
Tip. If you don’t want to leave all the shelves in the wall or kitchen front cabinets visible all the time, you can attach a small curtain to their upper end to hide them.
No Country-Style Kitchen Without a Buffet Cabinet
Originally, the buffet cabinet housed the table linen, the good Sunday china, and the inherited silverware. Through the decades, not only has its look changed, but also the contents – from the 1950s, flour, sugar, and co. were stored in small drawers. Nowadays, in the country kitchen, it is a helpful and usually very eye-catching storage addition to any kitchen equipment. The buffet often uses the link between the kitchen and the dining area in the country-style kitchen. Cabinet buffet, made of solid wood in the color of the kitchen fronts, usually equipped with trim and decorated with original accessories. Also widely used is the model in which the lower part is completely covered with wooden doors, and the upper part consists of two to four cabinets.
In the Modern Country-Style Kitchen, the Kitchen Island Is a Must
The kitchen island is usually the centerpiece of a modern country-style kitchen. It either forms the equivalent of the central fireplace, thus housing the hotplates, stove, and hood, or it provides you with another table and work surface from which you can see everything around you. The kitchen island can also be cleverly used as a room divider or movable in smaller kitchens. In terms of color, it can either be matched to the kitchen fronts or initiate a matching new color scheme that other items in the kitchen will echo.
A Traditional Freestanding Stove Provides Coziness
No other electrical appliance belongs in a country-style kitchen as surely as a standing stove. On top of the hot plates, below the oven. Depending on the model and manufacturer, the stove also functions as a heater for the kitchen. There are floor-standing stoves that run on gas, electricity, or wood. If you don’t want a vintage version in your country-style kitchen, you can find appliances with a modern stainless steel look. Common to both versions is that they are cumbersome. Before deciding on a freestanding stove, check the statics in your country kitchen.
The Stylish Cooker Hood
As with the stove, the same applies to the stove hood: modern electrical appliances belong in a modern country kitchen. Nevertheless, it would look strange if a vintage stove was to be topped by a very modern stove hood. Moreover, a country-style kitchen would lack something if there were no large chimneys through which the steam could escape. The trick is: some stove manufacturers produce matching range hoods to their stoves, which are visually based on the fireplaces. If you don’t want these models, you can have the built-in range hood disguised and disappear behind drywall or a wooden structure that visually matches the kitchen fronts.
Vintage Flair Thanks to Ceramic Sink
A modern stainless steel sink does not fit visually or stylistically into a country-style kitchen. For example, if you don’t want a classic sink for hygienic reasons, you can create that country kitchen flair with an angular, wide ceramic sink. These usually protrude quite slightly from the kitchen counter and are set slightly lower – this makes it easier on your back when you’re heaving heavy cooking pots or large pans to wash them.
To match the ceramic sinks, the slightly taller, semi-circular faucets are usually curved in design and with eye-catching handles. They are often sold under the term English faucet.
Decoration in Country Style
The kitchen should not lack decoration because kitchen decoration contributes to the coziness factor far more than you can imagine.
For the country kitchen, in addition to vintage boxes and baskets, in which you can also store kitchen items, copper pots, baking dishes, wooden boards, cookie cutter molds, or other treasures from grandma’s kitchen are used, which can be hung or placed. The older, the better, and gladly also with traces of use. With a few simple steps, for example, an old pot becomes a planter for kitchen herbs, or an old carafe becomes a vase.
Always include everyday objects in your country kitchen decor concept and choose, for example, your kitchen appliances in a matching color and vintage style. Cushions for chairs or the corner bench should be neutral, natural colors that match the eat-in kitchen.
Complement this base with placemats or tablecloths, which are more eye-catching and should have a similar color to the dishcloths and dishcloths. You don’t have to hide wooden boards and wooden spoons either. Arrange them on a small tray next to the stove and let the wood do its thing.
Additional accents are also set in the country kitchen by the wall design around the kitchen unit, the lighting in the kitchen and dining area, and the flooring.
Tip. If the country style alone is too romantic or boring for you, set accents in the industrial style in your country kitchen. Lamps are excellent for committing a small break in style, which will blend in visually harmoniously.