Country style kitchens are an all time classic and favourite of many home owners and designers alike. Why? Because their charm and elegance is difficult to deny, and has transcended many decades of home decorating trends. Whilst modern kitchens and other high fashion themes have gone in and out of fashion, the country style has managed to stay on-trend and chic through even the most tumultuous times in interior decorating.
Today on homify, we are going to look at some fundamental principles when it comes to designing in this style. But before we look at some amazing images from our experts, let's take a moment to clarify what makes a country kitchen:
1. Colour palette - Muted, neutral colours like beige, pastel pink and green.
2. Material finishes—Wooden tones, painted brick, detailed cabinetry and brass finishes.
3. Decorations—Items with a rustic charm, vintage and retro collectibles and treasures.
4. Flooring—Floorboards, parquetry and stone tiles.
Now that you have these basics covered, you have all the right ideas and mindset to create the perfect country kitchen!
The first example we see today is by Christopher Howard. This hand painted work station has been lovingly crafted from oak. Here, you can see all the pointers mentioned above have been observed. A slate floor, rustic decorations and timber finishes have ensured that this kitchen oozes country charm. The only minor detail which you will see differently, is the strip lighting which hangs from the ceiling. A slightly modern addition, this feature means that even under the veil of night, you still can cook up a storm for your family and friends. We absolutely love the carefully thought out details, like the hessian rug and blue and white willow pattern crockery that features on the wall.
This delectable kitchen area is the work of Schema Studio Limited, and absolutely oozes with rustic country kitchen features. The warm timber, complements the beige cabinetry, and is highlighted by the openness and availability to natural light. Again, as mentioned earlier, it is the finer details which make up the bigger picture. The island, which acts as both a workbench and dividing point, has classically styled legs, and is finished wonderfully by the addition of a set of matching stools. The floating cabinets allow the user to make the most of the available bench space, and acts as the perfect canvas for kitchen capers. The kitchen island also adds a social aspect to the room; guests and family members can stand around and chat, drink wine or just enjoy the scenery.
Thanks to Justin Van Breda, there are so many delicate and beautiful elements in the space, it is difficult to know where to begin. Let's start by talking about the obvious: The beautiful casement doors, which almost present this space as a conservatory, fill the room with natural light. They also create a wonderful juxtaposition between the two spaces, inviting the greenery from outside, inside. The stunning parquet flooring is a thing of beauty in itself. Maintained and cared for, this floor adds a real element of vintage chic to the kitchen area. The floor is further complemented by the other wooden tones in the room, with an inventive and classic free-standing table being used as an island. Finally, if you look carefully, you will notice the petite lamps protruding from the wall. These create a kitschy lighting effect; a great example of country style living.
No country style kitchen would be complete without a fully stocked pantry full of jams, preserves and chutneys. Country style doesn't necessarily denote old fashioned, so behind the closed lacquered cupboards and doors, you can certainly find functional storage solutions. In this example, designed by Mowlem & Co, we see practicality mixed with classic, rustic style. Little would you know, that as soon as you close the doors, all the mod-cons such a toasters and sandwich presses that you may not want on display, can be pleasantly tucked away so as not to ruin the country chic style you are aiming for.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we see this wonderful curvaceous example of a wooden kitchen island. This is a great point of interest to the space, creating a rhythm and dialogue between the various surfaces in the room. Here, soft furnishings and details have been played with to great effect; ranging from the gorgeous chandelier, to the delicate pull-down blinds. Darren Morgan has created a huge work area here for avid cooks, proposing a generous amount of bench space, and designated places for all the modern appliances we need to become a home masterchef. The natural tones, in conjunction with the soft colour palette, are reminiscent of grandma's kitchen—a place where we have lovingly enjoyed cups of tea, scones and freshly baked biscuits.
We hope you have enjoy this wonderful selection of country styled kitchens, and will now think about implementing this timeless, classic design into your own homes! Don't forget, any images that have tickled your fancy, or any questions that may have arisen from reading this ideabook, our experts would be happy to answer, so don't hesititate to get in touch.