Country Kitchen Design

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.

Country kitchen design -
style basics:

  • CABINETS - Wood or white with detailed doors, sometimes with glass fronts, always informal.

    Rustic kitchen design cabinets look handcrafted, old-fashioned. Finished wood can be visually interesting like hickory.

    Distressed finish with multiple shades of barn colors showing through works nicely on painted cabinets.

    For an island, use a different color cabinet...if your cabinets are wood or white, choose an island cabinet in green, gray or blue.

  • COUNTERTOPS - Everything goes with country kitchen long as the look is simple and casual.

    A wood-topped island would add farmhouse charm to a kitchen with solid surface countertops everywhere else.

    Decorate your backsplash in country-themed tile, pressed tin-look tile, brick, or painted stencils.

  • FLOORS - Hardwood, especially wide-plank, sets off this style. You could also use a black and white checkerboard tile pattern.

  • WALLS AND CEILINGS - Paint walls and add a hand-stenciled or country themed border. Or cover walls with wood paneling or beadboard...nice as wainscoating topped with wallpaper in small florals.

    Ceilings can feature pressed tin, wood paneling or fresh white paint between rustic wood beams.

  • APPLIANCES - Panel-front appliances that match cabinetry, or white appliances with white cabinets look most authentic.

  • COLOR SCHEMES - These run the gamut...walls or painted cabinets in white, neutrals, pale blue, yellows and greens. Deep blue and rust red are trademark country colors - best used as accents.

  • ACCESSORIES - Take your pick!

Accessories for a country kitchen

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, 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.

A simple way to add country kitchen design style to any kitchen...

...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.

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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.