How to Design A Country Kitchen
Kitchens are often the centre of the home, where people gather to entertain, families spend rare time together and culinary dreams are fulfilled. A country kitchen evokes a certain kind of unique styling that has grown around the traditional kitchen designs of the Cotswolds and middle-England. Solid wood kitchens embody a true country aesthetic with vast swathes of chunky oak worktops, lacquered or sanded wood kitchen doors and ornate detailing throughout.
Creating the Look
Rustic, natural and handcrafted – all words we associate with a country kitchen. It’s not just a single design ethic, but rather a kitchen style made up of multiple layers, natural materials and timeless accessories.
The look revolves around solid wood in a variety of forms. The basics include oak cabinetry alongside hardwood worktops and flooring, whilst simple tiling and brass or iron fittings are simple touches that add age and character to the country look. Avoid anything artificial where possible – plastics and composite worktops simply aren’t welcome in a country kitchen.
Choose our Traditional kitchen unit doors alongside solid oak cornices and pelmets to accentuate wall-mounted cabinetry. Feature units benefit from glazed panels in the doors, allowing you to show off hand-selected possessions such as antique kitchen appliances, ceramics and other oddities; they also help reflect light back in to the kitchen to retain a bright and airy feeling.
For that traditional country feel, cabinet frontages would be left to expose the beauty of solid wood, but they can still be painted and remain in-keeping with the style, whilst avoiding a wood overdose – just don’t go with anything too loud. Consider light blues and greys from our Farrow & Ball ‘Accents’ collection to break up the dominating theme of bare wood.
When selecting your kitchen appliances and gadgets, consider built-in appliances behind wooden doors so as not to spoil the look of the kitchen. Choose carefully those that must remain on display, and consider AGAs ovkmer modern range cookers to be in-keeping with the style – appliances in a cream finish mix well with wood. Belfast sinks are perfect for a country kitchen – they add timeless charm with the classic white porcelain look, and are far more attractive than any modern alternatives.
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In conjunction with some beautiful cabinetry and solid wood worktops, there are some accessories to consider that will really cement the country feel of a country kitchen.
Other Finishing Touches
- Try mixing different textures as well as colours – for example brushed nickel taps, distressed paint finishes and rustic mosaic tiles all offer tactile interest.
- Bring the outside indoors by displaying live or dried flowers and grasses in an alternative vase such as a small metal watering can, old storage jars or some other kind of vintage jug.
- When choosing a wood worktop, consider a timber with plenty of character such as oak or solid walnut worktops. The appearance of knots and pronounced grain only add to a country kitchen’s character.
- Exposed support beams look fantastic in a country kitchen, but whilst it’s impractical to retrofit real wooden beams into the structure of a building, there are plenty of man-made or reclaimed options that can be more easily installed.
- Because country kitchens are heavily influenced by nature, try and design your kitchen to allow as much natural light in as possible. If you’re lacking in natural light, then consider installing invisible up-lighters above wall-mounted cabinets to fill the room with illumination.
Should you require more inspiration for your country kitchen, we highly recommend making a trip to our showroom. We’ve got a variety of kitchen designs on display, including some that possess a sense of real country charm! The showroom is open 9am – 5pm throughout the week, and 10am – 2pm on weekends.