Country Style Kitchens - The perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort
Hailed for its warm, homely feel, the country style kitchen brings together a mix of floral textures and pastel colours, adding interest and harmony to the heart of your home. Its distinguished design elements, suited to kitchens large and small, will create a cosy, rustic style kitchen that is as beautiful as it is practical.
Wooden floors are the natural choice in a country style kitchen setting. As the years pass by, your wooden floors will show signs of wear and tear, adding a greater sense of authenticity to your stunning décor. If wooden floors exceed your budget, terracotta tiles in a hexagonal shape will exude the classic elegance and attractive accents of the European-inspired country kitchens of times gone by. For added comfort underfoot, textured, braided or woven rag rugs will add warmth and colour to your otherwise cold kitchen tiles.
Exposed wooden beams are a distinctive feature in many country style kitchens and can make quite an impression in homes with high ceilings. Pots and pans hung from the beams by their handles will not only draw attention to this key focal point but will free up precious cabinet space.
To customise your country style kitchen, a splash of warm colour is a must. Pastel shades such as butterscotch yellow and light peach will complement your bold furniture with the greatest of ease. Darker shades such as terracotta reds and earthy browns are also well suited to country style kitchens but since these colours have a tendency to make a room appear smaller than it actually is, they should ideally be reserved for only the most spacious of kitchens. If you are looking to add pizazz to your painted walls, multicoloured tiles fashioned into eye-catching splash backs in the vicinity of your AGA-style oven or Belfast sink will add a playful touch to your rustic décor.
Plain wooden cabinetry stained in a light maple colour and sporting a distressed finish will underpin the informal ambience of your kitchen décor. While country style kitchens lend well to a mix of finishes, cabinet door styles should ideally be framed, with inset or raised panels. Pastel coloured shelving units can add to your existing storage space by providing the perfect backdrop for your delicate vintage crockery.
Your country style kitchen would be incomplete without a large wooden table and chairs. The chairs need not match your table, as your furniture should look like it has been passed down through the generations of your family. If you are pressed for space, a high breakfast table with bar stools will provide you with a casual place to gather together at mealtimes. Bar stools covered in pretty mix-and-match fabrics can a touch of charm to your country style kitchen.
Created with care and attention, a country style kitchen should inspire you to conjure up delicious meals for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are designing your kitchen from scratch or are looking to remodel your existing kitchen, by speaking with a designer at Eastwood’s Carpentry, you can learn more about creating an extraordinary country kitchen personalised to your exact specifications.