A large country living kitchen reflects the more relaxed
atmosphere of country. It's
also a hard-working area. Floors have to cope with the punishment of
muddy and dusty boots. Hearty meals and numerous snacks
are consumed around
the kitchen table
and cooked in woodstoves
Have a built-in wood
box beside the woodstove which can be filled from the
outside through a trap-door. This will save
the unavoidable dropping of wood debris being
dragged through the kitchen
floor finish and a strong table and
comfortable chairs would be a boon
in this type of kitchen. Nowadays, the season's excess of fruit and
vegetables can be either bottled and stored in a generous
deep frozen. But when you have a farmhouse kitchen you can display
these on your dresser in decorative canning jars.
When dealing with
food in quantity, more work and storage space is needed than the
city kitchen can afford. But there's no
earthly reason why a kitchen shouldn't
be glossy and stylish or a city kitchen
matter of personal preference. The only hard and fast rule is that your
kitchen should serve you well and be in
with your lifestyle.
Kitchen Ideas for Creating that Look
Country Kitchen Decor
a look at the picture above of typical French country
part of the house. You only have to look at the wooden cupboards; warm
tones, bordering on the slightly rustic, and yet, not really. They
still maintain a quiet air of sophistication, although rustic cupboards
would not be out of place here either.
Look at the gleaming
, an essential element of any
country style kitchen, and
having them hanging from the wrought iron frame adds character to the
scene. The copper theme is echoed throughout, bringing different
elements together and therefore cohesion.
We see this with the antique bronze
taps, the cupboard handles and the bronze Belfast sink
These are all
different country kitchen elements that have been "knitted together"
using bronze, copper and wrought iron as metal materials, and therefore
a very fluid country
Imagine how dreadful it would have
had the designer used stainless steel taps? The whole picture would
have been ruined. Paying attention to detail when drawing up your
country kitchen designs
and choosing your country
is what will make your kitchen authentic
looking in its
And what about the beautifully carved
stone range hood? This essential
element of a country living kitchen
is a work of art, and adds elegance to the
kitchen. It also evokes feelings of a bygone age and becomes a focal
point. See how the granite tops carry the same cream as the stone hood.
These country kitchen decor ideas are really a lovely example of what a
Traditional Country Kitchens
Traditional country kitchens from the past comprised of assorted
cupboards and shelves with large, unfitted stone sinks and a
The floor was stone, compacted earth or tile and the work surface,
provided by a wooden table, was left untreated for daily scrubbing.
There was always a dresser, and this, like the cupboards, was either
painted or unpainted pine, except in the grander houses,
where it might be made of
hardwood, in which case it was also usually left unpainted.
Modern Country Kitchens
Modern country kitchens try to take something from both worlds to
produce a kitchen that is functional, has all the user-friendly
benefits of a modern kitchen with some of the character of the country
Modern country kitchens are not authentic, but since they use natural
materials like wood and terracotta they do capture the feel of the
However, the country style is not difficult to replicate and with
carefully choosing of floor coverings, window treatments, kitchen
cupboards, work surfaces and even a dresser to display china, spice
jars and preserves you will soon have that country look you are after.
For those modern country kitchens that have the painted kitchen
cupboards, moldings and cornices, are more likely aiming for the French
country kitchen look as seen below.
A modern French country kitchen - clean lines and no
Decorating Country Kitchens on a Budget
The genuine country kitchen is quite a low cost project For those
looking to decorating on a budget, a country kitchen is the answer.
A pine kitchen table
instead of an island unit, open shelves instead of closed wall units
and a rail to hang utensils from come relatively cheap.
These can be combined with a few built-in cupboards containing a
Belfast sink and woodstove to provide the convenience of a smooth work
surface and a place to store foodstuffs.
The whole lot could either be painted, or painted and destressed to
look old, or even left plain and unpainted.
Your country living kitchens should also have cupboards that have a
simple style with wooden, painted, brass or wrought iron handles.
Your kitchen cupboards could also have solid doors or glass fronts if
you don't like the idea of dusting those open shelves.
For a top-end, expensive country style kitchen you could go for natural
oak cupboards, or hand-painted panels with fancy cornices and decorated
tiles. You could also have made to order pot drawers, spice drawers,
moldings and have your woodstove slotting into a panelled out alcove.
essentials of a traditional kitchen country style
Traditional Design for Country Kitchens
A quick list of what you should have to create a farmhouse or country
- A genuine country style kitchen has a free standing
woodstove or range and a few basic free-standing kitchen units to
provide storage space.
- Open shelves instead of closed kitchen cupboards
- Open fireplace in the kitchen
- Kitchen dresser
- Kitchen table
- Baskets for storing vegetables
- A butcher's block
- Natural materials for cupboards, floors and work surfaces
Decor for Country Kitchens:
If you like the warmth and charm of a country kitchen but
can't cope with the clutter,
you can still create a relaxed warm atmosphere by still using natural
such as timber,
slate, stone and cork but adding visual interest with patterns such as
print wallpaper, handpainted tiles or gingham curtains and a
This is my
recently finished modern country kitchen in the apartment of my
farmhouse in Italy.
Decorating Ideas from Country Kitchens around the World
Dutch Country Kitchens:
The decor of a Dutch country kitchen usually gleams with well-polished
handled warming pans that used to be filled with hot coals from the
kitchen to warm winter beds, copper coffee urns to brew a dark rich
roast and a tiled hearth all go to make up the Dutch country kitchen.
The decor of an English country kitchen has wooden beamed ceilings and
with a Welsh dresser to display the pretty white and pink floral china
and summer preserves. Brass candlesticks stand on top of great wooden
beam above the fireplace. The floor is made of ancient flagstones
chipped and uneven from age.
A Spanish country kitchen is brightly colored in rich designs. Its
plastered walls are often orange-pink and its floors in a rich
Majolica plates, jars of olives and preserves are placed on wooden
shelves in a recess and the warm and bold colors of Spanish living is
French Country Kitchens:
A French country kitchen is
floors, either wooden or tiled, and a beamed ceiling.
Color is added to
the kitchen with the addition of colored pottery in warm yellows and
A red and white gingham table cloth matches the valance above
the kitchen hooded fireplace.
A bunch of glossy bayleaves is tucked in
the dish rack over the stove.
An American Colonial kitchen is furnished with mellow pine and maple of
New England and copper kettles and pots for cooking.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Here the weaving loom or the
spinning wheel sits and family treasures line the mantlepiece. A
flintlock musket is always close at hand to prepare of the event of
dangers that lurk in the nearby forest and beyond.
A traditional Italian
kitchen I want to put into the main section of my house in the future.
I just love this type of kitchen! Note the copperware, cotta floors and
the use of wood.
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Country Kitchen Design Ideas - Examples to Consider
A country style kitchen
having a relaxed and friendly kitchen space with some antique or
reproduction furniture where everyone can gather to enjoy wonderful
meals and good conversation that reflects country living. Not just a
place to prepare meals, the
kitchen can be the most popular room in your home.
Floor and counter-top
are important elements to maintain the rustic country look. Use ceramic
tiles, hand-painted tiles, slate, stone or marble for the counter-top.
Popular flooring material choices could be terracotta tiles, brick,
stone and wood.
A kitchen island is an
of a desirable kitchen
according to most home buyers. Having a kitchen island in your country
kitchen design adds value to your home. The kitchen island reminds us
of long ago when the kitchen island in farmhouses was where the food
prep work was done. With limited space, choose a rolling butcher block
that is movable and can be wheeled around as needed.
Use some antiques or
you have the space in your
kitchen. Do not be concerned if the antiques have chips and scratches.
Imperfections will add to the charm and rustic look in the country
Before actually starting
to do the
work, keep your country kitchen ideas and pictures you like in a
notebook. The planning
stage is important and have fun going through books and magazines and
searching online for country kitchen examples and ideas that you like.
Well-designed unique country kitchens will make the home more valuable.
Even if you will not be selling your home, a country kitchen design
that reflects your personal style will provide you a very special place
to be enjoyed for many years to come.