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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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!

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Image Credits: BHG, Country Living, Design-remont, Junk Garden Girl, This Old House, Houzz, Houzz




16 Comments

  1. Angie Lawson February 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Kathy, thanks for posting ideas for a country kitchen. I’ve pinned 3 of them!! I’ve always favored a country look, maybe with a bit of farmhouse and rustic features thrown in the mix☺ Thanks~~♥Angie

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Great to hear from you Angie!

      Reply
  2. Teresa February 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    What is the green color on the walls? Is it a Sherwin Williams color? I have white cabinets in my kitchen and need to find a color for the walls (the current color is dark red, ick!). I think the green in the picture would look perfect with the cabinets and my flooring. Thanks!

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  3. christine May 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you for solving our kitchen dillema. Never would have thought of yellow but we are in love!!! Can you please tell me where that image is from? Wanting to find more details especially paint color. Thank you :)

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I think the image is from Houzz. Sorry, I don’t have the exact link.

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  4. Rob August 20, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Hi,

    Do you have any information on the ceramic sink in image 5 with the open shelving; any product references or supplier/manufacturer details would be great.

    Thanks.

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    1. Kathy Woodard August 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Im sorry Rob, no idea! Readers?

      Reply
  5. Grace November 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I love the layout of the yellow kitchen! My husband and I are slowly designing our dream house and this layout is exactly what I want just in blue!

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  6. rhonda January 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Do you know the name of the green paint in the kitchen? Love the white cabinets against the green.

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I’m sorry Rhonda, no idea!

      Reply
  7. [email protected] August 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I love the last red and white kitchen. It shows how you can go vertical and use a small space that way. They did a great job! Do you know where that original post of the photo came from?

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  8. Jane Ambrose July 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

    My husband and I have recently become interested in redecorating our kitchen. I love how this article talked about adding fabric and patterns to add character to the room. I also like the coloring ideas to change the feel of the kitchen! Thank you for the tips on having a country style kitchen.

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  9. Lilian September 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The first all white country kitchen has cabinets with cut out legs. Do you know where to buy them?

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Im sorry, we have no idea! Any readers have an idea for Lillian?

      Reply
  10. Roger Tarbell September 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

    As a localized business owner that sells top of the line used appliances, I love articles like this! It shows that you can have a beautiful home without exorbitant expense! Thanks~

    Reply

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