COUNTRY KITCHENS: YOUR GUIDE TO ACHIEVING THE LOOK
There’s something refreshingly down-to-earth about the notion of a country kitchen. Maybe it’s the feeling of getting away from the trappings of the modern world that’s so appealing. Perhaps it’s the warm, nostalgic ambience and the thought of capturing that inviting modern country kitchen ideal in your home that instantly draws you.
Whatever the attraction, it’s time we clarified what the essence of the country style kitchen is and how to best go about recreating that rustic appeal to suit your interior-design preferences. So, without further ado, here’s your guide to achieving that classic look for a country style kitchen.
WHAT IS A COUNTRY STYLE KITCHEN?
There’s certainly rustic assurance with the country style kitchen. It’s about emphasising the worn, the real and celebrating a timeless quality. You can achieve this ambience by emphasising the lived-in, the eclectic and any handmade qualities. Indeed, in a country style kitchen, ruggedness can be fully appreciated for its unconventional qualities rather than shamed for shabbiness. You can also introduce quirky colours and better incorporate personal collections, allowing you to experiment and integrate richer personality into the décor.
This more freewheeling style that is devoid of sometimes restrictive design ‘rules’, opens up opportunities to get creative, be more imaginative and introduce real character into your kitchen without too much fear of overindulgence.
WHAT ARE THE COUNTRY KITCHEN COLOURS?
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The beauty of a country kitchen is that colour (or sometimes the distinct lack of it) can be used to evoke that cosy, old-world charm without worrying about being on-trend all the time. As we already touched on, it’s about conveying a timeless quality by bringing a unique personality into your place.
You want to introduce a bit of nature into your kitchen space; therefore, warm wood tones are a great starting point, particularly when highlighting decorative peculiarities. However, being bold with your colours is also one of the inherent freedoms when designing the look for your country style kitchen. A bold burgundy can highlight a characterful piece of furniture or emphasise a splashback, for example. In summary, country kitchen colours are about bringing natural warmth and individuality into your home.
GETTING THE COUNTRY KITCHEN DÉCOR RIGHT
There is an encouraging element of play when it comes to country farmhouse kitchen décor. You can experiment with different materials, finishes and introduce an often neglected yet characterful piece that may feel out of place in another, arguably more formal kitchen style.
Attractive but seldom used utensils once hidden from view can now sit proudly on display without becoming a distracting eyesore. Traditional farmhouse tables, chairs and even bar stools work wonders with the space to further characterise your country setting.
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN SINKS
A traditional farm kitchen with a deep farmhouse kitchen sink certainly contributes to the rustic appeal. Something like the deep Belfast Farmhouse or an extravagant butler’s sink like the Henley Double Fluted Farmhouse easily enhances country style kitchen designs with an intriguing focal point. It’s their bold and individualistic aesthetic quality that makes them so appealing.
COUNTRY STYLE KITCHEN TAPS
A gooseneck style spout like the Elysian Kitchen Mixer, which is available in an array of finishes that include brushed copper, brushed brass, brushed nickel, brushed gunmetal amongst colours, will further accentuate your modern country kitchen design. There’s a certain charm in its striking aesthetic quality that fits in perfectly for farmhouse style kitchens.
SELECTING COUNTRY STYLE KITCHEN CABINETS
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One of the beauties of country kitchen designs is that it encourages a much more open and functional environment that doesn’t mean every item has to be hidden away. Kitchen cabinets no longer have to clear all the clutter and instead can make an interior design statement through their inherent shabbiness. Glass cabinets are great for exposing those unconventional personal trinkets, while timeless shaker-style white cabinets are more in line with that modern country style kitchen look.
And they don’t have to be kitchen cabinets per se. A freestanding dresser can easily be incorporated into a rustic farmhouse kitchen and not look out of place. Due to the ‘anything goes’ appeal of country style, more ramshackle open shelving could also be employed. This would free up wall space and display all your plates, cups and various utensils for easy access and a beautifully lived-in look.
LIGHTING YOUR COUNTRY STYLE KITCHEN
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It’s all about the distinctive practicality of hanging kitchen pendant or lantern style lighting in a modern farmhouse kitchen. Perfect mood-setters, they evoke ambience into the space and provide ideal country kitchen table illumination.
For a retro look, consider glass orbs or even gracefully mounted chandeliers, while the atmosphere can easily be enhanced with translucent glass shades that minimise often distracting glare.
NEVER NEGLECT THE FLOOR
Farmhouse flooring eschews the clear-cut modern aesthetic to embrace much more naturalistic wood floors that effortlessly work with the space. Hardwood is great for durability and to enhance warmness in your kitchen. Wider distressed or stained planks provide a look that harkens back to the past, with those wood imperfections and grains adding incredible depth of character.
That’s not to say tiles won’t work too. On the contrary tougher tiles made of terracotta or slate can enforce that contemporary country kitchen look, with washed-out colours strengthening that weathered rural style.
NEED ADVICE IN DESIGNING YOUR FARMHOUSE STYLE KITCHEN?
To help you achieve that rustic farmhouse kitchen setting, even for a small country kitchen, consult one of our friendly team here. They will help you pick the perfect farmhouse sink and gooseneck style tapware to complete your country style kitchen. You can also book a free design consultation directly here.