A country-style kitchen is a cozy, comfortable space that is robust and charming at the same time.
The general sense is a place where you can imagine a farming family or a couple of cowboys sitting down to eat after a long day: rugged, unpretentious and practical.
A country-style kitchen focuses heavily on cooking and dining areas where that real downhome feeling comes into play.
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These kitchens have nothing (or at least very little) sleek and certainly nothing cold about them. These are inhabited rooms.
While designing a country kitchen has a certain feel and style, it’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a cookie cutter look. Farm kitchens are inherently unique.
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To achieve the greatest possible effect, you want to give almost every element a certain charm carried by love. Here are some country kitchen ideas for your design:
Muted colors help to capture the homely practicality of a country kitchen. White or gray can be reminiscent of a classic farmhouse, but accents in muted and worn yellow, green, and blue tones can help make it feel like a vibrant and warm environment.
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Worn, sturdy wood countertops really add to the look of your farm-style kitchen. Butcher block can be a relatively inexpensive choice that still has a lot of personality. Counters and islands shouldn’t look elegant or modern, but rather shabby and worn.
Try mixing different colored cabinets or different styles to create a lively feel. Cherry, maple, oak, and pine are common choices for wooden cabinets (and furniture too).
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Wood floors are what most people need for a farmhouse kitchen, but there are plenty of other options to match the rugged and unique style. Black and white tiles fit right in, are cheaper and easier to maintain.
A carefully chosen linoleum pattern can do the same thing. However, make sure it goes with the rest of your decor.
Wood walls and brick accents add a more natural element to a country kitchen. If you already have wooden walls, painting with a shade of cream will emphasize the texture and open up the space.
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Wood or brick accents, whether entire accent walls or just decorative strips, create an earthy feel. A beadboard addition, whether as an accent wall or something small like a backsplash, can add a charming, quirky element for very little money.
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In keeping with the practicality of a farmhouse, country-style sinks are often large and open. The idea is to give a sense of the fact that this sink is going to be used for anything and everything (and the kitchen sink), from cooking to beating to cleaning all kinds of things and people.
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Try to let in as much natural light as possible to capture the naturalistic peasant style. Remember to emphasize this warm, natural feeling with your lights. As with any decor, be careful how the light affects the features of your country style kitchen.
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Open shelving, usually made of wood, can make your kitchen feel like a working farm and give you the opportunity to add all sorts of personal details. As with the counters, wood such as pine, oak, maple or cherry capture the rough and warm atmosphere.
For an element that really adds character, try mixing and matching furniture! Mismatched chairs, a non-colored hutch in a corner, or even different knobs for cabinets – all of these really capture the farmhouse kitchen style. This also gives you the option to reuse older, popular furniture.
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Do you have a single worn out dining chair from your grandmother’s house? Paint it with pastels or milk paint to breathe new life into your old farm-style kitchen.
Amid all of the wood and bricks, it’s important to remember the softer touches like tablecloths and curtains. Look for fabrics with a vintage feel like gingham and plaid. Toile with pastoral scenes will add a nice scenic touch.
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Don’t forget the tip too! Lace also adds to the downhome and farmhouse feel, adding a different texture to your kitchen design.
There are many, many ways to equip a country kitchen. As a practical, busy place with so much cooking going on, there can be a lot of useful clutter.
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Mason jars are a nice way to organize just about anything and can also be used in smarter ways, such as for seasonal centerpieces. Wire baskets are a great way to store just about anything, yet still show that this is a useful space.
Feel free to hang pots or pans, or even cake pans if you can find them. A hanging pot stand is a great addition over a breakfast bar or kitchen island. An apron stand and, of course, a couple of cute, old-fashioned aprons to go with it, give the impression of a kitchen where people prepare large, filling meals.
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Country-style kitchens are not modern, sterile rooms where everything is out of sight, but places that convey the hustle and bustle of life on a ranch or farm. Cute little personal details can be added anywhere. Feel free to equip your heart.
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One of the great things about a country style kitchen is that you can let go of your inner antique collector. Accentuate the space with antique vases, use antique chairs, or even enjoy the opportunity to showcase heirloom collections that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.
An antique clock is a particularly good addition as it conveys the practicality of a real farmhouse kitchen. Vintage is the name of the game in a country kitchen, and antiques go right with it.
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The fireplace was the meeting place for pioneer and farming families. Adding one to your kitchen will make it feel cozy and warm. You can recreate the fee in your kitchen even if you don’t have the space or the finances for an actual fireplace. All you need is an exposed brick wall with a mantelpiece – which, of course, should be lovingly furnished!
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A country style kitchen is easy to personalize and the design is very flexible. You can customize these farmhouse kitchen ideas to suit your own space and financial needs, while also creating a kitchen that captures the homely feel of home and creates a space where everyone feels happy to cook and eat after their long days.