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.
Pastel colours work brilliantly in country style kitchens. This duck egg blue introduces colour in a natural way.
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.
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.
An eclectic look has been created in this traditional kitchen through use of colourful worktops and a contrasting modern island.
The double height ceiling and large beams make this kitchen not just a necessity for food preparation, but a focal point in the home.
This kitchen exhibits all of the expected country style features — stunning stone flooring, a welsh dresser, countryside colours and a retro Smeg fridge.
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.
The warm tones of the wood in this kitchen aid a wholesome, welcoming atmosphere.
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.
This shabby, well-loved table creates a tie between the country kitchen and the modernist chairs and pendant lights.
As with duck egg blue, mint green rings a change from cream and white, but does not overpower the interior scheme.
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.
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.
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.
Adding touches like a plate rack or a Belfast sink can add country style in a modern kitchen.
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.
If you are unsure about what flooring to choose for your country kitchen, the fail-safe quarry tile is a good choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hanging mugs, pans and utensils not only saves valuable cupboard space, but is also a great way to bring period charm to your kitchen.
Traditional cabinets, a stunning range cooker and a large timber worktop all bring country charm to this kitchen in a grand Victorian country home.
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