Country kitchens are one of the most popular kitchen styles today, and with good reason. This style emphasizes family and home, and has come a long way from the cluttered country look of the ‘80’s. Here are some great ideas for bringing today’s country feel to your kitchen without bustin’ the budget!
Bring fabric and pattern into the kitchen! Soft curtains on the window, table-runners and placemats, and comfy seat cushions all add romance and softness to your cozy room! Try using a patterned fabric such as a pretty floral or stripe to really bring the room to life.
Create a breakfast nook. If you have any unused space in your kitchen, create a small eating area for snacks or lounging to create that “hub of the home” feel. Use an inexpensive thrift store table covered with floor length cloths set against the empty wall or under the window, add a couple of yard sale chairs (they don’t have to match!) with coordinating cushions, a quart of paint, and voila! Or create your own DIY built in breakfast nook!
Use open shelving. Whether that includes eliminating some closed cabinets, or removing doors of existing cabinets, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to update the country look for todays more streamlined tastes.
Add country colors. We are so used to white kitchens, we often don’t even think to add color to this room, but color adds country charm to a room more than anything else. If your cabinets are less then high grade wood, paint them a country white and see your room brighten! (You can even paint formica cabinets, just use a specialty primer such as Kilz)
Bring in those accessories that make a house a home. Set a small framed photo of your kids on the windowsill, stack your favorite cookbooks from your grandmother on the counter, and display your mothers china on open shelves, or on the wall with plate hangers. Adding your family to the room is part of the country spirit.
Use the time honored tradition of good food in a country kitchen as décor. Use clear glass jars to store beans, pasta, rice, and tea, and arrange on the counters. Fill wooden bowls from the thrift shop with fresh fruit and veges. Check your local antique shops for inexpensive food related items that would make a good display collection such as old utensils, rolling pins, or coffee mills. Remember, the country kitchen was based on those hardworking farmhouses that bring good food to all our tables, honor it for a true country kitchen!Image Credits: BHG, Country Living, Design-remont, Junk Garden Girl, This Old House, Houzz, Houzz