Get your country kitchen decor just right by selecting exquisite materials, appliances, and finishing touches that embody this design style.
- INVEST IN A RANGE COOKER
- INSTALL A FARMHOUSE, BUTLER OR BELFAST SINK
- CHOOSE VINTAGE-LOOKING TAPS
- ADD NATURAL FLOORING AND STONE COUNTERTOPS
- OPT FOR RUSTIC WALL LIGHTS
- ADD VINTAGE-STYLE HANDLES, DRAWER PULLS AND KNOBS
- INJECT COLOUR WITH WALL TILES
- MAXIMISE SPACE WITH A LARDER CUPBOARD
- INSTALL A BRASS RAIL
- ADD HOMEWARES WITH RUSTIC CHARM
- HOW DO I GET THE COUNTRY KITCHEN LOOK?
When I think about a country style kitchen what comes to my mind is a relaxed and welcoming space full of timeless elegance, aged woods, natural materials, and rustic charm.
For you, it may be evocative of your Cotswold country kitchen with beautifully crafted shaker style cabinets, a ceiling full of warming beams, and natural wood or stone flooring.
Modern country kitchens are all about honest, simple natural materials and gorgeous finishes with well balanced antique and rustic vibes to achieve a stylish well lived-in space.
In order to create this design aesthetic in your home, whether you live in the city or the country, let’s look at key features you need to consider to pull off that sophisticated laid-back style.
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INVEST IN A RANGE COOKER
A traditional freestanding range cooker or a cast-iron range cooker is a show-stopper that will instantly give your kitchen the elevated modern country look.
Wider than standard cookers, range cookers are the epitome of home cooking style, technology and usability. They have more oven space, more hobs, and an array of features to delight both amateur and professional chefs cooking within the comfort of their homes.
They come in a variety of colours and styles, and some of them come with matching hoods.
To enjoy a great cooking experience, choose from dual fuel, electric and gas fuel type range cookers. A combination of a gas hob and an electric oven is known as dual fuel.
Opt for a country kitchen decor that will ensure the range cooker acts as an accent feature alongside a complementary cooker hood, backsplash and architectural detailing.
INSTALL A FARMHOUSE, BUTLER OR BELFAST SINK
Choose between a farmhouse, a butler or a Belfast sink to add timeless beauty to your country style kitchen. Although slightly different, all three sinks are practically identical in design and embody country kitchen glamour. The choice very much depends on your personal taste.
Farmhouse (or French Farmhouse) sinks are great if you are going for a full-blown French country kitchen design. French farmhouse sinks often have thinner walls and look slightly more elegant than butler or Belfast sink models. This is because the clay used to make them is more refined than the one used for the two other British skink models.
In Victorian times, butler sinks were designed for the Butler’s pantry in London specifically to conserve water. Back in the day, London had far less readily available water than it does.
Because of this, old butler sinks don’t feature an overflow. They were also built slightly larger and shallower, which require less water to fill.
Belfast sinks are an extension of butler sinks. They are named after the coastal city Belfast where they were manufactured, and where the conservation of water was less of an issue than in inland London. They were built slightly deeper and with an overflow to pass water.
Whilst more modern designs have seen the addition of a small overflow at the back of a butler sink, the difference in the overflows remains the main difference between the two.
Both butler and Belfast kitchen sinks are available in a range of different materials, including ceramic, resin, copper and stainless steel.
If none of the above takes your fancy, just luxuriate your country kitchen with a natural stone sink such as granite or marble or opt for a polished concrete farmhouse sink.
CHOOSE VINTAGE-LOOKING TAPS
Skip standard chrome and stainless steel taps for swan-neck or pillar taps in brushed, weathered, or aged finishes to give the appearance of a timeworn rustic product.
Kitchen taps in brushed brass or aged brass, brushed gold, brushed steel, bronze finish or aged copper are a few options to explore.
Brushed metals are metals that have been treated to give it a duller, matt look when compared with traditional polished metal finishes. They are durable, attract fewer fingerprints than other finishes, and they age beautifully, making your country kitchen design easy to maintain.
ADD NATURAL FLOORING AND STONE COUNTERTOPS
A must-have in a traditional French country kitchen, natural stone flooring with a tumbled stone finish in a soft colour palette will infuse timeless rustic charm into your modern country kitchen.
The advent of underfloor heating has made it possible to choose cold natural stones as a solid flooring option for your dream country kitchen.
Natural stone floors in a tumbled finish are very forgiving with dust, dirt and floor imperfections. They also tend to age beautifully, adding that understated timeless elegance into your kitchen.
For a more modern country kitchen look, opt for easy to maintain porcelain tiles or natural looking engineered wood flooring.
If you can afford it, solid wood flooring is an excellent option to explore for your kitchen. From solid oak chevron parquet floor to herringbone patterned floor, or a simple sleek wood parquet will pair well with other decor accessories in your modern country kitchen.
As for your countertops, granite, marble, and quartz are some of the popular natural stones to choose from. Each natural stone is unique in character and style, and adds effortless rustic charm to any kitchen.
Alternatively, install polished concrete in a natural finish of your choice to capture the rustic country kitchen style. All the above countertops work beautifully with timber pieces, stone accessories, wood beams, and natural materials found in country kitchens.
OPT FOR RUSTIC WALL LIGHTS
Create a relaxed country-style ambience in your kitchen with rustic wall lights in lieu of modern spots and downlighters. Wall sconces are best placed on top of kitchen work areas such as countertops and sinks.
Choose wall sconces with subtle aged finishes in similar or complementary metals found in other country kitchen accessories such as pots, pans, handles, drawer pulls and knobs.
ADD VINTAGE-STYLE HANDLES, DRAWER PULLS AND KNOBS
Add visual interest to your country kitchen by mixing complementary metals for your handles, drawer pulls, shelf brackets and knobs.
The preference here is to go for matt, brushed, and antiqued metal finishes, leather or wood handles, drawer pulls and knobs to convey a rustic look.
INJECT COLOUR WITH WALL TILES
Bring a touch of colour to your country kitchen with tiled backsplashes. Introduce sophisticated patterns into your design to make it more interesting.
Alternatively, keep things simple with single shade backsplashes that add interest to intricate architectural features in the kitchen.
MAXIMISE SPACE WITH A LARDER CUPBOARD
Larder cupboards are becoming an essential feature of modern country kitchens, as they help maximise storage space for table linens, spices, dry herbs and other condiments.
Back in the day, cold larders were used to help preserve fresh meat and dairy products to avoid them becoming rancid too quickly. With the emergence of fridges, homeowners started to use them differently to store dried foods and small daily kitchen items.
INSTALL A BRASS RAIL
As a nod to the past, add a brass rail with hooks in your country kitchen to display beautiful cookware and cooking utensils to create a stylish relaxed atmosphere.
In traditional farmsteads, people had brass rails installed in their farmhouse kitchens to keep meat for the farm and related tools to butcher it.
ADD HOMEWARES WITH RUSTIC CHARM
Vintage chairs, rustic wood beams, a breakfast nook built with rustic wood and timber, or old-fashioned racks for kitchens with high ceilings are fantastic ways to elevate your space.
Creating the right rustic kitchen country decor is about selecting the right fixtures, finishes and architectural details to showcase your room in the best possible light.
How do you achieve it whilst remaining true to your overall home design aesthetics?
HOW DO I GET THE COUNTRY KITCHEN LOOK?
In order to nail your dream farmhouse or country kitchen look:
- Invest in a range cooker that acts as a statement piece at the heart of your kitchen
- Introduce a farmhouse, butler or Belfast sink complete with vintage looking taps
- Go for timber or shaker-style cabinetry with rustic handles, knobs and drawer pulls
- Opt for a natural or a colour of your choice such as warm wood, white, navy, or light shades
- Install a brass rail or a ceiling rack to hang your beautiful pots, pans and utensils
- Introduce a few vintage homewares such as wall sconces, vintage chairs or table
- Install natural wood or stone flooring with a tumbled finish to achieve rustic charm
- Choose tiles for your kitchen splashbacks and natural stones for your countertops