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

So what makes a kitchen country style? Well, 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. So here is our gallery of country kitchens to inspire your own project.

1. Duck Egg

Pastel colours work brilliantly in country style kitchens. This duck egg blue introduces colour in a natural way.

duck egg blue barn style self build kitchen

2. Mixing Traditional and Contemporary Elements

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.

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

3. Industrial Influences

This classy kitchen has the expected butler sink and warm exposed beams, but the titanium granite worktop and light fitting lend a vibe of Victorian industry.

oak framed kitchen marble tops

4. Contrasting Accessories

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

freestanding kitchen island in a self build kitchen

5. Vaults and Beams

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

vaulted ceiling in kitchen of an oak frame home

6. Keeping it Classic

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

modern oak frame kitchen with green dresser

7. Shake Up

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.

turquoise kitchen island in an oak frame kitchen

8. Warming Wood

The warm tones of the wood in this kitchen aid a wholesome, welcoming atmosphere.

cream country style kitchen with timber worktops

9. Bright and Breezy

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 used.

country style kitchen in an oak and SIPs cottage

10. Something Old, Something New

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

traditional kitchen with farmhouse kitchen table and pendant lights

11. Minty Fresh

As with duck egg blue, mint green rings a change from cream and white, but does not overpower the interior scheme.

green kitchen cabinets in an oak frame farmhouse kitchen

12. Calm White

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.

white country kitchen with red accessories

13. Ceramics

The gorgeous glossy tiles add another layer of texture in this kitchen and introduce more colour. They have also used the same cupboards throughout but painted them different colours to add depth.

country style kitchen in a ranch style self build home

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.

country kitchen with blue AGA

15. In the Detail

Adding touches like a plate rack or a Belfast sink can add country style in a modern kitchen.

cottage country style kitchen with plate rack

16. Modern Touch

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

timber frame country style kitchen with granite worktops

17. Quarry Tiles

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

new build stately home with traditional country style kitchen

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. 

country style kitchen with plate rack and Smeg fridge freezer

19. All About the Range

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.

kitchen of an oak frame country home

20. Finishing Touches

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.

traditional gingham country cottage kitchen

21. New England-Style Country 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.

New England country style kitchen

22. Eclectic Kitchen in an Eclectic 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.

industrial style open plan kitchen in a chapel

23. Country Modern

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.

kitchen with red splash back and wooden cupboards

24. Accessorise with Crockery

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

oak frame kitchen with hanging mugs and wooden island

25. Charm and Grandeur

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

Victorian country house with kitchen island and pendant lamps

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

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