Country Kitchen Design Ideas: Some kitchens are made to be admired at a distance; country kitchens are made to be used. Their down-to-earth style and lived-in looks make country kitchens among the most comfortable and inviting rooms to be in.
Mismatched chairs at the kitchen table, a farmhouse sink with a fabric skirt, oak hardwood floors, butter yellow walls, and a red brick range hood add character and charm to this country style kitchen.
Essential Elements: Farmhouse sinks, beadboard panels, and open shelving are trademarks of country kitchen designs. Knotty wood cupboards or painted and glazed cabinets with simple styling provide a traditional country feel that's not too stuffy. Popular cabinet styles include the standard raised panel or beaded flat panel cabinet doors with a simple frame.
Setting the Mood: Sometimes rustic and often cozy, country style kitchens have a timeless and natural appearance. Wide-planked wood floors, antique brass hardware, knotty pine furniture, and antique knick-knacks all contribute to the casual atmosphere of the country lifestyle.
Decorating Ideas: When we think of "Country" we often think of "Americana." Collectible Coke bottles next to an American flag, a lantern sitting on a shelf, and images of roosters glazed on platters and mugs... all these can bring to mind the old American dream of a "home on the range."
Completing the Look: Dress up your country kitchen cabinets with stained glass or wire grille door panel inserts, and add some lights to illuminate the cabinet from within. Paint bead board cabinets and paneling with milk paint in airy hues such as butter yellow, light blue, or cream. Instead of glossy polished countertops, try honed or flamed granite which has a natural satin appearance.
English Country Kitchens: For the more ornate English country feel, add stronger colors from nature, including reds, purples, and greens to complete the kitchen color scheme. As you may see in some photographs, some designers choose to leave off the cabinet doors below the apron sink and add a patterned curtain to cover the open space.
Country Kitchens Gallery: Here is a collection of country kitchen pictures for your enjoyment. Keep a journal of your own kitchen design ideas and take notes of what you like. If you love the style and simplicity of these country kitchens, be sure to take a look at our galleries of cottage kitchens, rustic kitchens, and French country kitchens as well. Enjoy the photos!