I’ll let you in to a little secret; my favourite kitchen designs always have a country-style theme! There is something so homely about wooden kitchen furniture, big range cookers and rustic pots hanging from the ceiling. If you feel the same way and would love a country kitchen, then here are some essentials to bear in mind.
The range cooker
A country kitchen is not a country kitchen without a range cooker; fact. Not only do they look absolutely fantastic but they are great for keeping your whole home toasty and warm. Although there are some nice Aga® ovens on the market you may find them to be rather pricey, as well as draining on utility bills. You can get an eco range cooker though that is cheaper, uses less fuel and is therefore more economical. They look just as good (if not even better) than the pricier versions but will save you money as well as the planet. Once your range cooker is in place, it’s time to move onto the rest of the furniture!
Lots of wooden furniture
Country kitchens are absolutely full of wooden furniture, cupboards and even counter tops! You don’t just have to go for wood in its natural colour though, many country kitchens will have pale or pastel colours throughout. It could be a mint green for the cupboard doors, or perhaps a whole coat of white paint on the walls and furniture. Light colours work better in a kitchen like this, unless you have a large space and wish to opt for dark wood. If you wish to have wooden counter tops then make sure they are fully safe to use first, you don’t want to get splinters while you cook!
The finishing touches
What makes a kitchen into a country-style kitchen is all of the finishing touches that can be added once the appliances and furniture in. Perhaps you wish to buy all antique pots and pans for that rustic feel, or some ‘antique looking’ pots and pans if you’d prefer something unused! Many country kitchens will have an island in the middle that is used for cooking and preparing meals.
You can decide to hang your pots and pans on a rack above the island, to show them off to all your guests. There are plenty of other finishing touches that can make your kitchen feel perfect to you. Think about all of the minor details that turn it from just a room into something spectacular. Take a peek through some other country-style kitchens on-line or in magazines to pick up some ideas for those all important extras.
Remember, like any room in your home, it is important that it represents you and your style. Everything from the range oven to the knick knacks should be chosen by you and not just hand picked out of a magazine. Keep it light, bright and airy if the room is fairly small or opt for darker wood if you have a lot of space to fill. Finish it off with some personal bits and pieces for a true, homely, country-style kitchen!