Country Kitchen Ideas: Styling your Solid Wood Kitchen
Country kitchens are as popular as ever thanks to the warm, inviting feel they create in any home. Whether you have a small room or an expanse of space, there are a number of different elements that can be combined to create a traditional country feel for the heart of any home – keep reading to find out our top tips!
Solid wood plays a huge part in the creation of any country kitchen, adding a rustic, homely touch to the room. Exposed beams are perfect if you’re lucky enough to have them; if not, there are plenty of ways to incorporate timber into your kitchen. Wooden kitchen cabinets, for example, create a classically styled look, whilst Traditional frontals will imbue your space with timeless charm. When it comes to your surfaces, why not opt for a stunning solid wood kitchen worktop? Oak is a beautiful choice, as is cherry; a more unusual kitchen material than oak, but one that we think works particularly well in a country kitchen due to its natural warmth.
Neutral shades – such as white or cream – are often the first choice for a traditional country kitchen, but pastel colours work just as well. In the featured image, for example, Farrow & Ball’s pastel shade Lulworth Blue looks fantastic, creating a light and modern take on a classic country feel. Our signature range of Farrow & Ball paints provide a good starting point for picking your palette, though we also offer a bespoke painting service if you want to create something more tailored.
Kitchen appliances are an important consideration when planning a country kitchen. Choosing a range over an electric oven can be a great way to evoke a country feel in your kitchen. The red example pictured above creates a striking contrast between the white cabinet frontals, providing a fantastic focal point for the room. Don’t be afraid to utilise appliances to add splashes of colour, either, particularly if you have selected neutral tones for your frontals and work surfaces. Hiding smaller appliances like fridges, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves in a solid oak cabinet is another excellent way to create a more traditional look.
Storage plays a huge part in any new kitchen design. We recently wrote about kitchen larder units, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. Full height cabinets fitted with wirework are fantastically practical, whilst their classic design will complement a traditional look perfectly. If you don’t have the space for a tall storage cabinet, we think these wicker baskets provide an outstanding alternative to drawers in a country kitchen, especially when they are filled to the brim with vegetables.
These are just a few of our favourite country kitchen ideas – what are yours? If there is anything you think we have missed, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter.