The country kitchen is one of the most desired designs for anyone looking to invest in a new kitchen for their family home. Whether you have a home that is in the middle of suburbia to a city centre, the idea that a country kitchen design and style in your home is something that you will naturally gravitate to when it comes to picking doors and colours.
“Luckily, over the years, the idea of a country kitchen has gotten a lot more expansive” Emma De Blasio, Interior Stylist at Stefano De Blasio Kitchens and Interiors. “What people want to remember is that a country kitchen or even as they were known, a ‘farmhouse’ style is about bringing in warm, solid materials into a living and work space.”
Flick through pinterest boards (like ours), and you will find lots of different ways that the classical country kitchen has got unique twists and variations on design which could suit many a different styled household, but the question you want to ask is, will it suit mine?
“You need to look beyond just the style of the door.” Emma continues, “think about colours and your room arrangement. The beauty of non traditional country kitchens is that your layout can mean inserting an island unit without it looking out of place. You could be bold with your worktop colours and designs, and you can even find traditional elements like your sink and cooker arrangements will bring about that look and feel without compromising on more of the modern twists you wish to insert.”
Country Kitchen Colours
Whilst the style of the door is going to bear the greatest factor for your kitchen design, have you considered the colour as well? Keeping with some more natural hues and neutral worktops colours can bring that country feeling into your kitchen space.
Stick with a shaker or framed wooden door but start piecing together your colour palette. You could be bold with aubergine as colour for your door, but something more subtle would better suit that homely feel and would be easier to contrast. A beautiful colour is oyster and a recent installation we carried out had taupe as their choice.
Granite is always going to be a winner for a lot of new kitchen designers and we’re a fan of the material as well, but solid oak wooden tops are an obvious selection for those looking to bring that touch of tradition into the room.
One of the alternative suggestions we have though is looking at the wood choice and going a little different with something like ethically sourced bamboo which can be stained to a varying colour that can match nicely with the kitchen and gives you a truly unique look and feel in your home.
The one thing everyone sees in a country kitchen is, the cooker. Usually, it’s an AGA but now with many different appliance companies specialising in that type of look and feel, there is so much more choice to choose from. Rangemaster, NEFF, Bosch and Smeg have similar appliances that would be perfectly suited to getting that look and feel.
The other big appliance that stands out is the sink. A belfast sink sits on the sunken unit and looks spectacular in a variety of room layouts and kitchen designs.
General room design
From exposed bricks to the choice of material that you have on the ground, some of these things could be out of your control, but a country kitchens unique characteristic is that feeling of being brought together to sit and dine with one another. You can achieve this through Island unit placement and utilising that station with either a cooking solution or functional design that is equally striking. Adding things like a wine chiller or warming draw can be an element of modernity in an otherwise classical look and feel.