A country style kitchen does not have to be in a house in the country, nor is it a style reserved for traditional homes.

Whether you are thinking of one in a French farmhouse, rural Italian villa, or English cottage, all country style kitchens share that warm, homespun feel. Think shaker units, freestanding furniture and a large wooden kitchen table to finish the look.

They can be rustic, retro or elegant, and sit comfortably in both period and contemporary homes. We’ve come up with a list of 25 great country-style kitchens to inspire your own project.

1. Don’t Shy Away from Colour

duck egg country style kitchen

Softer tones work brilliantly in a country-style kitchen. These grey-blue cabinets introduce colour in a natural way and look great with pops of cherry red.

2. Mix Traditional and Contemporary Elements

traditional country style kitchen in a Cambridgeshire self build with oak beams

The exposed beams and wooden sections of worktop have traditional appeal, but these have been paired with hardwearing, slick and easy-to-clean units and stainless steel to add a contemporary feel.

3. Industrial Influences in an Old Blackhouse

This kitchen houses both the expected oiled pale oak flooring, pale traditional-style cupboards and Belfast sink and the unexpected black pendant lights and modernist curved ceiling.

4. Contrasting Featuresfreestanding kitchen island in a self build kitchen

An eclectic look has been created in this traditional kitchen through use of colourful worktops and a contrasting modern island.

5. Original Structure: Vaults and Beamsvaulted ceiling in kitchen of an oak frame home

The double height ceiling and large beams make this kitchen not just a necessity for food preparation, but a focal point in the home.

6. Keeping it Classic

modern oak frame kitchen with green dresser

This kitchen exhibits all of the expected country-style features — stunning stone flooring, a welsh dresser, countryside colours and a retro Smeg fridge.

7. Shake Up Traditional Designs

turquoise kitchen island in an oak frame kitchen

This is a Shaker-style kitchen with a difference. The brightly coloured island in the middle adds vitality and draws upon colours used throughout the house, creating a cohesive scheme.

8. Warming Wooden Worktops 

wooden worktops in country kitchen

The warm tones of the wood in this kitchen aid a wholesome, welcoming atmosphere and truly make the room the heart of the home.

9. A Classically Breezy and Bright Space

country style kitchen in an oak and SIPs cottage

As well as being blessed with an abundance of natural light, this kitchen feels all the more cheery due to the white and pale blue colour palette.

10. Something Old, Something New

traditional kitchen with farmhouse kitchen table and pendant lights

This shabby-chic, well-loved table creates a tie between the country kitchen and the modernist chairs and pendant lights.

11. Sage Greens Create a Fresh Feel

As with pastel blues, shades of green bring a subtle change from cream and white, without overpowering the space.

12. Open Cupboards and an Open Life

cottage country style kitchen with plate rack

Country-style kitchens are all about practicality and ease of access — adding touches like a plate rack give the space an more traditional open look. Remember — although it is best not to clutter a kitchen, a few on-show ceramics and appliances make a space feel lived-in and loved.

13. Statement Ceramics

country style kitchen in a ranch style self build home

These gorgeous glossy tiles add another layer of texture in this kitchen and are a perfect way to introduce more colour.

14. Colourful Appliances

This kitchen demonstrates a great tip for those who want to use colour in their country kitchen but would rather not splash it allover their walls and units. Coloured appliances add interest, but are less in your face than bright walls and doors.

15. Neutrality in Calm and Cool Decor

white country kitchen with red accessories

All of the bits and bobs which make a country kitchen feel like home can be a bit busy for some, so using a clean white colour on walls and units can make the room feel neat and crisp.

16. Modern Touch

country style kitchen

You don’t need to steer clear of overtly modern touches (like this granite worktop and crimson splash back). A country kitchen can have all the mod cons and be evenly balanced by other features.

17. Traditional Quarry Tiles

new build stately home with traditional country style kitchen

If you are unsure about what flooring to choose for your country kitchen, the fail-safe quarry tile is a good choice.

18. Freestanding Furniture

Before the popularity of fitted kitchens, a welsh dresser, pantry or shelves would be where you stashed your food and tableware. Mix fitted and non-fitted cupboards for an adaptable kitchen. 

19. All About the Range

kitchen of an oak frame country home

An AGA or range which heats the house may have to have its own alcove anyway, so make a feature of it by framing it with shelving and covering the wall behind with a material which is not used elsewhere in the kitchen.

20. Finishing Touches

traditional gingham country cottage kitchen

This kitchen’s owners have gone all out when it comes to country style by matching their curtains and choice of ornaments to the scheme.

21. New England-Style Country Kitchen

New England country style kitchen

A large country kitchen is the staple of many American homes. This New England-style home in Sussex includes all the features commonly found such as a spacious island and Shaker-style cabinets.

22. Mix and Match Eclectic Features

industrial style open plan kitchen in a chapel

Shaker cabinets from Howdens mixed with freestanding furniture and upcycled finds give this kitchen in a converted chapel, a striking industrial look. Bold patterned tiles give the cosy country vibe an edge.

23. Best of Both: Country Modern

kitchen with red splash back and wooden cupboards

For a modern take on the country aesthetic, this kitchen has been fitted with smooth wooden doors and a section of high gloss cabinets. Traditional touches such as the bar stools with turned legs and glass door wall units help tie the contemporary elements with the rustic oak frame.

24. Accessorise with Crockery

oak frame kitchen with hanging mugs and wooden island

Hanging mugs, pans and utensils not only saves valuable cupboard space, but is also a great way to bring period charm to your kitchen.

25. Charm and Grandeur

Victorian country house with kitchen island and pendant lamps

Traditional cabinets, a stunning range cooker and a large timber worktop all bring country charm to this kitchen in a grand Victorian country home.

What do you think are the essential characteristics of a country kitchen? Comment below.

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