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Country kitchen: designs, ideas, cabinets and decor

Country kitchen: designs, ideas, cabinets and decor

A modern country kitchen is a unique blend of the modern and the old-fashioned. It takes on a downhome style and adds all the conveniences of present-day life to create a functional, cozy space for cooking, eating and gathering.

Country kitchens may seem generic, but close inspection and careful design show that they reflect the mirror of your household, with lots of personal details that make them one of the most unique country kitchens.

There is a lot of room for nuances and peculiarities. So you shouldn’t feel that the feeling of the old days is limiting your creativity. Here are some country kitchen ideas to help you create the perfect modern, old-fashioned kitchen.

The basics of country kitchen design

The decor of the country kitchen creates a classic look that is timeless and traditional at the same time. Stepping into a country kitchen is like stepping into the best memories of childhood and family. It should be a warm, inviting space that still retains a lot of practicality.

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Feel free to mix and match furniture as this style is often versatile. Use two chairs next to a large, hard table and then pull up a bench for another seat. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of older furniture that parents and grandparents left you with, especially if it’s only part of the set.

Even more elaborate pieces can look great provided they are offset by elements of rustic simplicity. In this environment they look even more like precious heirlooms.

When considering materials for your country kitchen, stick to natural materials as much as possible. Artificial materials feel out of place, cold or just too modern for country kitchens. You want the kitchen to feel very natural and rough.

Country kitchen sink

One of the greatest elements of any country style kitchen is the sink. If you’re completely remodeling your kitchen, consider adding a country kitchen sink to your country kitchen. These oversized sinks are great for meal preparation and offer plenty of breadth and depth to work with.

In old-fashioned country kitchens, these sinks were used for all kinds of tasks from washing up to canning food. They convey a hard-working, rustic feeling.

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Country kitchen cabinets

Your country house kitchen cabinets should be made of natural wood. If you can find reclaimed wood, so much the better! Wood grain should still be visible. The designs for the doors should be practical and simple, neither too fancy nor too modern.

Classically worn brass buttons and pulls always look good for this downhome atmosphere. For a hunting lodge look, use the use of pulls and buttons in the shape of deer antlers.

Avoid plastic and brightly painted paints. Nothing should look too smooth or shiny. If you want a touch of color, consider a weathered stain in soft pastels.

Country kitchen lights

The lighting in a country kitchen should be warm and sufficient to make food preparation easier. If you are lucky enough to have natural light in your kitchen, make use of it well. Country kitchens are very naturalistic and therefore natural light is perfect for them.

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With man made country kitchen lights, there are many great options for lighting fixtures. You’ll find lights that resemble old gas lanterns, as well as rustic wall sconces and lampshades that look like beaten corrugated iron. If you want to hang a chandelier above your table, look for simplified Victorian-style designs or consider getting something a lot quirkier like an antler chandelier.

Both real and fake candles make fun additions, especially for more atmospheric occasions like holiday lunches or cozy dates.

Country kitchen curtains

Country kitchen curtains shouldn’t obstruct the natural light from the windows, but should still have a sense of practical weight and substance. Avoid luxurious fabrics like silk or ornate embroidery designs. Gauze lets a lot of natural light into a room, but it’s just too light for country kitchen designs.

Practical fabrics that are reminiscent of hard work and rough life are what you want to use for country kitchen curtains. Flannel and linen are always good choices. Choose patterns that are interesting but not too bright, such as: B. intelligent check patterns or classic checkerboard patterns.

Solids can’t go wrong either! Make sure you don’t pick colors or patterns that are too oppressive. You want cozy, not claustrophobic.

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If you want to add a window treatment, keep it classic and don’t try anything too crazy or modern. Traditional ties always look right in a country kitchen. The simplicity of country kitchen curtains has many advantages, not least because they are typically very budget friendly.

Country kitchen floors

Add hardwood floors to your country kitchen for an extra old-fashioned look. You should get wood floors that have a natural stain or have been painted with a simple pattern. Make sure they are well sealed to prevent damage from spills and splashing.

Tiles are a great choice that can be much cheaper. You can go with one color of the tile, or you can have a nice smart checkerboard pattern. Tiles are very durable, but can also be very cold on bare feet and very hard on knees and back if they stand for a long time while preparing food.

Feel free to attach padded mats to parts of the floor in front of the sink and stove.

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Country kitchen wall decorations

Old jelly molds, large utensils, pots and pans look great on the walls of the country kitchen. They look practical and interesting. If you enjoy buying antiques, check out antique stores to see what might look interesting on your walls. If the kitchen is small, consider hanging an antique (or antique-looking) mirror opposite the window to enhance the feeling of space.

Pastoral imagery gives country kitchens a natural outdoor touch, even in the largest cities. Old-fashioned tin signs can add a bit of humor or whimsy. Beautiful decorative plates can look nicely hung together.


Country kitchens are fun, warm, and more than capable of expressing a personality. Embrace the eclectic and old-fashioned. Make this space a place where people want to spend time while they cook, talk, eat, and laugh.