How to design a country style kitchen

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How to design a country style kitchen
You can add lots of little items to your kitchen for a country feel. (from grandma's kitchen image by Shirley Hirst from

Country kitchens are distinguished by certain design elements, such as a farmhouse sink, rustic colour scheme and natural material wooden cupboards. It is possible to create your own country kitchen style no matter what size your kitchen is, by taking features of a country kitchen design and using them in your own. From a complete design overhaul to a small budget makeover, there are lots of ways to create your ideal country kitchen look.

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Things you need

  • Wooden cupboards
  • Farmhouse sink
  • Vintage fabrics
  • Welsh dresser

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    Look at country kitchen designs in home magazines and online. Gain inspiration from what you see and jot down what you like about them. It is good to have an overall vision in mind to help you focus.

  2. 2

    Choose wooden cupboards for your kitchen. Country kitchens always feature cupboards made from traditional wooden materials. Popular colour choices of country kitchen cupboards include cream, pale green and natural shades.

  3. 3

    Decide which cupboard knobs you like. For a rustic effect use wooden coloured knobs on cream cupboard doors.

  4. 4

    Buy a farmhouse sink. Sometimes referred to as Victorian sinks, they are practical because of their large size but are also one of the key components of a country style kitchen.

  5. 5

    Use vintage fabrics such as dotty and gingham prints to create rustic jar lids and secure them with elastic, or to create a shabby chic table cloth. If your kitchen is large or runs into the dining room, add vintage cushions to benches or chairs.

  6. 6

    Find farmhouse style accessories at flee markets. No country kitchen would be complete without an ornate rooster or chicken to store eggs in. It is the small items that can really tie your design together. Look for old furniture such as welsh dressers which you can re-sand and varnish. Add large plates with flower or chicken designs.

  7. 7

    Display your pots and pans above the cooker or have them hanging from the ceiling.

  8. 8

    Fill counter tops and shelves with decorative clear jars. Fill with sweets, dried pasta or dried herbs to create interesting food features. Use labels or ribbons for a homely design that is synonymous with country living.

  9. 9

    Find artwork to decorate plain walls. You can frame images of fields, flowers or farm animals to hang on your wall. Alternatively, blackboards add a country edge and are also practical for leaving messages on.

Tips and warnings

  • A country kitchen should feel homey. Buy second-hand items from flea markets or yard sales for authentic pieces that will not cost a small fortune.

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