The country kitchen cottage look is sweet, artistic, and reminiscent of old, sprawling farmhouses that featured spacious interiors, light finishes and lots of natural light. If you want to imitate this look in your own kitchens, then here are 15 ways to do so.
15 Ways to Get That Classic Country Style Kitchen You Always Dreamt Of
We look at the many ways and ideas to create that classic country style kitchen of your dreams. These can be as simple as the choice of carpentry, flooring, cabinet joinery to flooring, tableware, appliances and lighting. Pick and choose your favourite ideas for your unique country styled kitchen.
1. Paneled cabinets
Your classic country kitchen should start off with a focus on the cabinets. They should be paneled to perfection and be installed with hardware that complements the overall look. Homeowners are really fascinated with the “recessed” panel look, where the center is plain and pushed up to an inch or so within. As for the hardware, it totally depends on the paint finish of the cabinets, but brushed gold or brass never goes out of style.
2. Lush wooden floor
Nothing speaks “country-chic” bolder than lush wooden floors. The best part is that there are so many gorgeous finishes that you can choose from. From the intense stain of cherry to the light beauty of oak or beech to the dark charisma of walnut of ash, there are tons of ways to individualize your kitchen visuals. You can also customize the pattern. Straight-laced slats are one way, while herringbone arrangements speak a little differently. You can search many more unique patterns and if you if you prefer, instead of authentic hardwood, which can be very expensive, then opt for engineered wood, PVC or laminate alternatives in a wooden finish. Not only are they more affordable, but easier to install too.
3. Those glass paned cabinets
Glass-paned cabinets are a great way to reinforce the country-chic look in your kitchens. They’re best interpreted in plain white or cream finish. The idea is to showcase the utensil clutter and table ware inside the cabinets, so that the ambiance feels cozier and more welcoming. However, not all of your kitchen cabinets have to emulate this look. You can use this style to evoke that complementary accent look. Also, these works well on wall hanging cabinets as well as floor standing ones.
4. Distressed butcher-block countertops
The cottage-core kitchen aesthetic is all about focusing on distressed finishes, and you can’t achieve this look with sleek, seamless countertops. You can opt for either live edge or butcher block wood countertops to get this look. The latter is better recommended because they are sturdy as well as aesthetically viable. They don’t break or scratch that often. You’ll really enjoy them.
Alternatively, for a more modern touch, choose a new wooden counter top that doubles as work surface to add to one end of your kitchen.
You can also find standalone units such as kitchen island that uses either new or distressed butcher block, be it in new or old style. See examples from gallery below.
5. Open shelves and utensil clutter
A major characteristic of a country style kitchen is open shelving. There are multiple open shelves in such kitchens. Some span entire walls while others span a slim cabinet. They’re usually loaded up with beautiful crockery that provides a lived-in, casual-chic vibe to the whole kitchen design. Other than that, you can also feature wooden trays and other vintage knick-knacks on them. Here is a way to showcase your favourite antique decor, beautiful dishes, cook ware and crockery.
6. Subway style backsplash
This backsplash style has a naturally grunge look about it, so it’s ideal for the country kitchen aesthetic. The brick-like visuals of the subway tiles and their layouting make for a fascinating backdrop choice. You’ll really enjoy how the white finish of this tile will complement the rest of the cottage-chic, artfully distressed surroundings.
7. Aga /range cooker
When it comes to articulating the cottage-chic style in your kitchen interiors, you’ll never find a bolder interpretation than of vintage appliances. The Aga range cooker is a fine example, and it’ll make a nice aesthetic feature when designing such a kitchen. It has a very cozy cottage-kitchen meets doll house aesthetic and would look great in a vintage style kitchen. But if that’s not your cup of tea, then you can also opt for other options with exposed vents, raised stoves, gas burners, and lush metal visuals.
8. Color scheme
The most common cottage kitchen color scheme is a combination of white painted cabinets and wooden accents. It’s totally classic and has that soft, welcoming appeal that’s very characteristic of this style. Other than that, country kitchens can also feature Parisian grey cabinetry finishes, and if you really want to be bold, then watered down teal is also a good option.
9. Rustic wooden ceiling beams
A highly apparent characteristic of a country kitchen is its beamed ceiling. Pure rustic-inspired ones also feature a waffle-like aesthetic with aesthetic beams arranged in a grid-like formation. Others feature simple wooden beams with flashes of white painted ceiling visible between them. Sometimes, the spaces in-between the beams are adorned with ceiling LEDs so that the kitchen can be well lit at night.
10. Wall tiles
You can evoke a contemporary look in your country-chic kitchen with the help of the right wall and floor tiles. Once again, matte or gloss subway tiles can be totally on-point. You can experiment with their layout and application. If not straight-laced, then go for the herringbone pattern. Other than that, Peranaken style tiles also provide a nice visual contrast. Their clutter-oriented patterns fit right within the cottage-chic look. You can also opt for tiny mosaics or exposed brick to get similar effects.
Lighting is an integral part of a country cottage kitchen. Usually, the space is lit by a large sink-window that lets in an abundance of natural light. As for artificial lighting, there are two ways to go about it. You could either opt for a single statement-worthy chandelier style light fixture to be placed in the middle of your ceiling or you could go for multiple, medium sized pendant lights. Both ideas are great and both would look great when paired with an oversized central kitchen island.
12. Dining furniture
Familial bonds and gatherings are as much an intrinsic part of a cottage-chic kitchen as anything else, and the best way to emulate them is by furnishing your space with a farmhouse style dining set. Trestle tables with distressed table tops and simple chairs with cross-shaped backs are all great ideas. Wood and white color scheme for such furniture is a fool-proof, fail-safe way to design an ambiance. And you can cap off the whole thing by placing an artistic DIY tray, a metallic fruit basket, or even a porcelain vase filled with faux grass or lush flowers in the center of it.
13. Exposed cook ware
Exposed utensils are another way to emulate a classic country-chic vibe in your kitchen interiors. The finish and strategic placement of these utensils plays a huge role in creating the perception of an artistic, lived-in, casual-chic space that is stylish and homely at the same time. Copper utensils always hit that sweet spot, but you can also opt for thick porcelain, cast-iron, and stone utensils as well.
14. Dining set
We already know that open shelves brimming with crockery are a main characteristic of a cottage chic kitchen, but the question is: what kind of crockery? The answer is: choose pieces that embrace the classic country aesthetic with gusto. For example, the blue and white pieces of the Denby dinnerware set can add some plain contrast to the surroundings while the kitschy Portmerion dinner set can add a lot of texture and artistic visual clutter to the surroundings.
15. Oriental runner
Placing a beautiful runner in your country style kitchen can have a bold, beautiful impact. The texture of the rug weave will reinforce that homely aura while its pattern will provide the right contrast against the plain finish of the cabinets. Homeowners usually opt for the oriental pattern as it’s the perfect blend of cozy, refined, and gorgeous. Its stylistic patterns also exude that high-end appeal without the sleek modernity.
These are some excellent ways to add that country-chic vibe to your interior designs. You’ll love the understated, rustic-chic vibe of these ideas and how they’re able to make the entire kitchen feel like a lovely fairy tale, rather than a typical contemporary space.