Country kitchen design doesn't take itself too seriously! Gingham curtains, colorful pottery, chicken and pig motifs...what could be more fun?
Country design is more about accessories and decor than any other design style.
This little beach cottage kitchen is chock-full of antiques and collectibles that give a country feel. (See larger photo farther down on this page)
What's YOUR idea of country?
Wine country? Accessorize with grapes, grape vines and wine barrels. Washington state country could be all about apples! Pennsylvania country - Amish farmhouse accents.
If your home has architectural features with an historic look, like exposed brick or rustic ceiling beams, play them up!
Like all kitchen styles, you can mix a little country with other styles like traditional - or eclectic and modern, as in the photo - to come up with your own unique kitchen creation!
The end result should be a warm family atmosphere of cooking, eating and relaxing together in a home that is really lived in and loved.
Antiques - furniture, old signs and memorabilia on the walls, Ball jars, crocks and old bottles on shelves.
Farmhouse sink with its deep apron front, or a large antique porcelain high-backed sink with grooves for draining dishes
Kitchen table in wood with tall-backed chairs and cushions to match window dressings - or farmhouse trestle table with a bench on one side and spindle-back chairs on the other
Less built-ins - more free-standing furniture for a homespun farmhouse look
Distressed finishes work best - like this pantry pictured. The finish, unique triangular shape, and screen door soften the modern effect of the stainless refrigerator.
Wall borders or stencils with a country theme...flowers, fruits, vegetables, roosters, cows, horseshoes - whatever your fancy.
Ruffled curtains in checks, plaids, florals or calico - or vintage-look lace panels. A mix of fabrics only adds to the charm.
Pot rack for copper pans, iron skillets.
Knobs rather than handles for cabinet hardware. Knobs can be plain or fancier whimsical pieces. Or use bin pulls for a true old-fashioned look.
Pottery, crocks, bowls, old barrels and tubs, baskets.
Rustic signs, old photos, framed small quilts.
An old-fashioned piece of furniture (or actual antique).
Bring the outdoors in! Sprigs of flowers and greenery in pitchers on the table, potted herbs on deep windowsills.
...remove a few cabinet doors, add beadboard panels or wallpaper in back and use the space for display.
A cabinet without doors can showcase colorful pottery or other collectibles.
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.