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The bright beige tone of this Country-style kitchen is complemented by the high cathedral ceiling that hangs a wrought iron rack for the pans over the kitchen island. This island has the same green marble countertop as the kitchen peninsula.
This small and cozy Country-style kitchen does not have enough space on its hardwood flooring for a kitchen island. It makes up for this with two kitchen peninsulas with one having an L shape. These peninsulas have white shaker cabinets and drawers are contrasted by the brown countertops.
This is a massive Country-style kitchen. It has a large U-shaped peninsula, a kitchen island and an additional L-shaped peninsula on the far corner. All of these have brown wooden cabinetry that complements the beige flooring and brightened by the white cove ceiling.
This charming Country-style kitchen has a white cathedral ceiling accented with its triangular exposed wooden beams that match the wooden hue of the kitchen island and the hardwood flooring. The surrounding peninsulas have a lighter shade of brown that makes the appliances stand out.
The highlight of this spacious and bright kitchen is the beautiful coffered wooden ceiling dominated by the white beams. This is a nice background for the shaker cabinets and drawers of the U-shaped peninsula and island that has wine storage on the side.
The lovely blue walls of this Country-style kitchen complements the dark brown elements of the shaker cabinets and drawers of the peninsula that goes well with the amber glow of the backsplash of the cooking area with a stove-top oven.
The beautiful beige ceiling of this Country-style kitchen is dominated by the complementing exposed wooden beams. These match well with the cabinetry of the kitchen structures as well as with the hardwood flooring warmed by the fireplace at the corner.
The white shed ceiling has exposed wooden beams that support a row of dome pendant lights over the wooden kitchen island that also serves as a breakfast bar for the gray cushioned chairs. This is given a nice background of a kitchen peninsula with light blue cabinetry.
The earthy tone of the cabinetry in this Country-style kitchen is a nice complement to the hardwood flooring. It also matches with the patterned wallpaper at the cooking area on the far wall. These are brightened by a white ceiling that hangs wrought-iron lanterns over the kitchen island.
This charming Country-style kitchen has a couple of brilliant glass pendant lights hanging over the narrow wooden kitchen island with a butcher block countertop matching the hardwood flooring. This is then contrasted by the green cabinetry of the peninsula that has a red brick backsplash.
This is a bright and white Country-style kitchen contrasted by the dark hardwood flooring and the black countertops of the two kitchen islands and the small peninsula. The highlight of this kitchen is the gorgeous white tray ceiling that elevates the elegance of this large room.
This is an over-all charming and homey Country-style kitchen that has terracotta flooring tiles that complement the long beige cabinetry of the L-shaped kitchen peninsula. Across from this is the red brick fireplace with bricks reaching up all the way to the wooden shed ceiling.
An eat-in kitchen decorated with ceramic vases and plates mounted on the beige walls that blend with the cabinetry. It has a classy dining set and a granite top island fitted with a sink and gooseneck faucet.
Country style kitchen with multi-colored cabinets and a white breakfast bar lined with cushioned counter chairs. It has rich hardwood flooring and a high tray ceiling mounted with recessed lights and glass dome pendants.
Country style kitchen boasts inset appliances and red cabinetry matching with the island bar that’s topped with a wooden counter and built-in cooktop. It is illuminated by track lights and a flush light mounted on the wood beam ceiling.
Architects, as well as homeowners, have always been fascinated with country style kitchens throughout the years. The thing with country style kitchen is that—it never goes out of style. It still looks refreshing, warm and gorgeous as the years go by. It is by far, the safest style for your kitchen.
So, what’s in the country style kitchen? Why it has been the standard kitchen style by the majority of deluxe households all over the years? When we say country-style architecture, it means a styling that is very close to our hearts. It brings out back to the old simple ways—a style that reminds us of our old farmhouses. It is the look of the kitchen we all grew up to call “home”.
Since country style is very close to the styling of our old farmhouse, it is composed of natural furniture, walling or flooring—like wood and bamboo. Handcrafted and DIY accessories, decors and other elements abound the entire room.
Features of a Country Style Kitchen
1. Wooden Furniture. Nothing screams “country” even more so than wooden cabinetry or other kitchen units. The more natural and “farmhouse” looking, the better. To have a country-style kitchen, there is no single wooden unit that would instantly create the theme. You need a combination and various pieces of wooden furniture to create the look.
Traditional country styles would have wooden ceilings, walls and even flooring, however, modern styling made some twists and having wooden kitchen units that are well-complementary to each other will still give the “country-style” to your kitchen.
If you want to follow an all-traditional style to your kitchen, your best bet is to combine the dining area and kitchen in one—separated with an isle of breakfast bar or something. The dining set, the isle, the cabinets—all of these should harmoniously complement each other, forming a warm and farmhouse look.
2. An old-style range. Your range is the focal point of your kitchen. It is the star of the kitchen room. If you want a country-style kitchen, you know that’s the best way to capture it is through old-fashioned ranges. Vintage is always in fashion. It will always look sophisticated and classy.
There are countless reasons why the old-style stove that your grandma used is way better than spending tons of dollars to get the modern ones. For one, you know that they are solidly built and works entirely on gas. Do you even know how much electricity does your modern electric stove is consuming? Just look at your electric bill!
Going old-style, you can be creative in creating like a hot plate oven, rustic oven, or if you are not a creative person, you can just order online from various antique sellers such as bigchill.
3. Wooden worktops. To eat together harmoniously or to work on the dishes, one must feel the warmth of a country-style kitchen through the tabletops and worktops. Country style often involves rustic, stone and wooden worktops. However, the best option for the all-traditional yet fresh country style is to go wooden.
The drawback of using stone worktops is that a change in the finish—matte or glossy and color selection can easily transform the entire look from being a classic country—to something else. The same thing is true with wooden finish, yet it is harder to miss with the wooden finish.
The wooden worktop needs to be as neutral and natural to achieve a good country-look. Polishing and redecorating, don’t hurt as well. The only problem is that wood requires a little more maintenance. You need to keep it dry always and prevent yourself from cutting or scratching the surface. You must treat it as you are treating a wooden dining table and here’s a good read in how to take care of your wooden tabletop.
4. Wooden flooring. Wooden walling is not always a requirement in a country-style kitchen. Since walls in the kitchen can always be painted, covered and redecorated, we can leave that to the architect or home-decorator. However, when it comes to flooring, it should be wooden.
Wide wooden planks are not only sophisticated, but it also wrapped up the entire look of any country style kitchen. You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to finish—from dark wood to oak, you can match any color combination you might already have for your kitchen!
5. Old storage, accessories and other decorations. If you hate to be separated from your old beloved cabinets and other pieces of furniture, this is a great opportunity for you to hold on to them. You can repaint it or just leave them looking antique and traditional.
To add more to the country look, you can also place wicker baskets in any open storage or empty tabletop. This way, you give a country feel to your kitchen while adding more space for fresh fruits and vegetables.
6. Farmhouse sink. Farmhouse sink, to be familiar with it is a square-shaped sink that is often used by butlers. To be exact, it’s the same square sink that is common in the dishwashing area in your favorite old diner place. It is like a butler or Belfast sink to be exact.
Nowadays, the farmhouse sink is modernized with various designs and styling to complement modern and contemporary kitchen themes. It would be wise to just stick to whatever theme you are trying to pull off—this time, it’s country style. Usually, when you say farmhouse style, the salesman already gets the impression that you are going country style.
All About the Country Style
When you hear the word, “country-style”, what automatically pops into your mind? Do you visualize an old farmhouse with a natural wood finish from ceiling to floor with a rooster, deer and other decorations hanging on the wall? Well, that is the picture of an old traditional farmhouse…but the country style is not limited to that.
Over the years, the country-style already has evolved. Nowadays, when we say, “country-style” means a simplistic and minimalistic home arrangement. It connotes clean and spare with simple shapes and furniture.
Traditionally, we often see old-style furnishings, but it doesn’t really mean that you go ahead and overdo it with collecting everything vintage. Having one or two antique things would be nice, but flocking everything with rustic and antique items will make everything too rustic and unsophisticated. Truly, the country-style evolved into a more classy and elegant theme for your kitchen design.
Country Style Cabinetry
Wooden Cabinets are an essential part of your kitchen. Be it a below-the-counter cabinet or over-the-head cabinet, storage is an essential piece of furniture for you to store items in your kitchen and make it neat and clutter-free! Who would want to work in a crowded, and dirty kitchen anyway (without salary)?
What makes a kitchen cabinet country style, anyway? As mentioned above, it should be made of wood—does this mean, all wooden cabinets are considered country style? Not necessarily.
What makes a good country style cabinet, then?
- It should be wooden.
- It should be simple, functional and traditional
- There should be elements of handcrafted design—like some sort of detailed linings and carved linings.
- The knobs should also look “country” or “farmhouse”.
- It should be classy and not at all very old and outdated looking.
- The colors should be neutral, safe and refreshing. It shouldn’t look old, smelly and torn down.
I can go on and on trying to describe what good country-style cabinetry is. However, when you already go there and look at people’s kitchen cabinets, you can easily distinguish country-style cabinetry among the others. Something inside you will tell you which is “warm and cozy” from being overly modernized or tackily outdated.
Country Style Ceiling
Whenever you enter any room—it is the ceiling that you first notice. The ceiling plays a vital part in the architecture and design of any home. How unfortunate for any room, particularly kitchens where the ceiling remains unnoticeable.
For the ceiling to be noticeable, it should have a life. To add life, the architecture (how it is built), plays the biggest part—There are many questions to be asked like: Is it dome-shaped? Coved? Paneled? Etc. The next thing that people would notice is the lighting. Do you need a chandelier? Hanging pendant light? Does your ceiling lighting match the entire look of your kitchen? And so on.
When we talk about the country ceiling, the safest way to approach it is going with the traditional type of ceiling—beamed ceiling with a rustic or traditional ceiling fan (which is a common element in any country style room).
If you want to be more country-ish, you could also opt for a high ceiling (like an old farmhouse style), with wooden accents and poles for lighting and ventilation.
Here are some features of a typical country style ceiling:
- Presence of an old or rustic ceiling fan with a center light.
- Recessed lighting on corners of the room.
- The color of the ceiling is typically neutral—white, beige or bare wooden which adds to the farmhouse effect.
- Yellow lighting is always the preferred lighting in a country style kitchen. To be honest, all country-style rooms prefer yellow lighting since it gives an aura of “warm and cozy home” which is what the country style design is all about.
Choosing a color for your country style kitchen is not rocket science. As repeatedly mentioned in this article, anything that is warm to the eyes is considered in “country style” home design. Most traditional country styles will have an off-white, beige, light yellow and light brown color for walls. These are the same colors that are widely used in the ceiling and flooring.
Mixing color combinations
A good country-style kitchen is not monotonous when it comes to color combinations. There should be a variant of around two or more color elements that dominate the entire room or kitchen. Since a country style kitchen usually combines the dining and kitchen area, there are more pieces of furniture to harmonize in color.
Hues in country style are drawn from nature—rose pink from flowers, green from leaves, brown from trees, yellow from sunlight, and the rest go on. The style can be plain and simple or can have patterns and details which are, most of the time—floral.
Tips for creating harmony and balance to your country style kitchen:
- It is always nice to “harmonize” or match the color of the tabletop (of the dining table) to your worktops. Sophisticated country design often includes dark mahogany worktops and tabletops. When using this color scheme, put in mind that other colors should be toned down. The cabinetry should have a lighter color or dark color accents.
If you are more experimental, Green is a good color to play with. It has the aura of fresh and clean combined with the country-style elements.
- The color of the cabinetry should always match—be it an over-head cabinet or under-the-table.
- The appliances should complement the design of the furniture in the kitchen. Glossy and stainless steel appliances look modern, which is contrary to the more traditional, country-style theme. Always opt for a more vintage color.
- The color of the fabrics should match—the dining chair cushion and the kitchen curtains. If it has a pattern or design, they should match too. This harmony will prevent your traditional country style look from looking too outdated, tacky and just… “old”.
- If you are planning to add details, a good wicker basket will do. If you are out of old or vintage furniture, you can just repaint second-hand furniture and have it sanded to get an “aged” look.
Of all the kitchen styles, the country style kitchen is one of the most budget-friendly and easiest to put together. Almost everyone has an idea of what a cozy and warm country style kitchen should be. Adding a touch of your own creativeness, you can create an elegant and classy kitchen that will never go out of style in this lifetime.
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