Designing a traditional country kitchen
Rustic oak features and natural materials can help you to create a traditional farmhouse kitchen in your own home.
The traditional country cottage-style kitchen is one of the most popular kitchen designs and its simple charm gives the look an enduring appeal. Buying a country farmhouse is not always a feasible option but, by incorporating some key design elements it’s easy to get the look in your own kitchen.
Rustic oak features
Rustic wood furniture is a key element when it comes to creating a traditional country-style kitchen, and oak cabinets are a great way of achieving this look. For an authentic, traditional feel, go for a natural wood finish. Alternatively, try painting your oak cabinets in cream or a pale pastel shade for a lighter, airier, more contemporary feel. As well as shelves and cabinets, oak is also a great choice for other parts of your kitchen, such as kitchen islands and worktops. And don’t forget a large oak dining table – the perfect addition to your country cottage kitchen.
Once you have your oak furniture in place, you can complete the look with some other rustic touches.
From floor to ceiling
Wood can be used to great effect throughout your kitchen and is not just for your furniture. In keeping with the natural look of a rustic kitchen, hardwood floors look fantastic. Exposed wooden beams also look great in a traditional kitchen, adding an air of authenticity. If you’re not lucky enough to live in a house with existing beams, you can always fit prefabricated fake support beams for a cost-effective but high impact result. Rustic wood can even be used on your walls, with shiplap panels giving a retro feel – to avoid looking like the 1970s try freshening it up with a lick of pale paint.
Traditional country kitchens have a natural, organic style, so alongside the wooden features think about introducing other natural materials to complete the look. If a wooden floor isn’t for you, why not lay traditional flagstones for an equally stunning result. Stone worktops can also look really effective when paired with wooden cabinets. Wrought iron and copper also work well in this style of kitchen and can be easily incorporated through light fittings, shelving, recipe book holders and other accessories. You could even add a selection of plants or flowers to freshen up the space and help bring a touch of nature into your home.
Fixtures, fittings and accessories
The fixtures and fittings you choose for your kitchen can really help you to achieve that country cottage feel. For example, deep farmhouse-style sinks look great and are available in a range of different materials, including enamel, granite and copper – enabling you to match your sink to your interior decor. Generally speaking, shades of copper and bronze are great for fixtures such as taps and light fittings as they offer a feeling of warmth, which is an important element of country-style kitchens.
Appliances are also an important consideration. Stainless steel appliances can actually look pretty effective when paired with more traditional features. However, for a more authentic result you might want to opt for vintage-style appliances which continue the rustic theme. Retro appliances are very on trend at the moment so they are easy to get hold of. And don’t forget to finish off your look with some well-chosen accessories, such as vintage plates and milk jug-style vases, to really make your kitchen pop.
There are a number of steps you can take to help give your kitchen that country cottage vibe. And don’t feel like you have to do them all. Even incorporating just one or two of these design elements will help you to create a gorgeous traditional style kitchen that you and your family will love spending time in.