If you enjoy hearty cooking, rustic features and believe the kitchen is the heart of the home, you might like to consider installing a country kitchen.
What is a Country Kitchen?
It could be said that the country kitchen is at the opposite end of the style spectrum to a minimalist space. Typically, a country kitchen sprouts charm, tradition and warmth. It conjures up images of the family gathered around the dining table to enjoy a feast featuring freshly-picked vegetables and herbs from the garden.
In Australia, country kitchens reflect a rural setting and are adorned with timber, patterns such as checks and florals, and a natural paint palette.
French provincial is often classed as a country style, given its ornate and cottage-like features. However, while French provincial kitchens tend to be all-white, Australian country includes deeper and bush-inspired hues.
What are the Hallmarks of a Country Kitchen?
There are several elements that unite to create a quintessential country kitchen. Consider:
- Natural materials such as timber, stone and other earthy elements make an impact and create a cosy and inviting space. Look for one-off pieces, or opt for timber-grain vinyl if you’re on a tight budget.
- Hand-painted armoires, cabinets or even the ceiling beams add a rustic, shabby chic feel.
- Wrought iron used for cabinet handles, door knobs or an eye-catching feature light.
- Open shelves are characteristic of a country kitchen, upon which you can display an eclectic set of white or colourful cups, saucers, jugs and plates.
- Glass-fronted cabinets are another option for displaying wares, while keeping them out of sight. Consider adorning cabinets with crown mouldings for an authentic country style.
- Tile splashbacks liven up the country kitchen, especially in earthy tones such as rich reds, burnt orange, blues or patterns.
- Hardy appliances such as an industrial-sized freestanding oven, deep sink and double-door fridge are reminiscent of busy baking days and traditional family cooking.
Country Kitchen Design Ideas
The beauty of the country kitchen is that you can create a really unique space that reflects you and your family. Here are a few of our favourite design tips:
- Scour second-hand stores for distressed or dented cabinets. An old oak cabinet adds a lovely lived-in feel to the kitchen.
- Accessorise with country-style signs, such as ‘fresh lemonade’, ‘fresh eggs’ or ‘milk 10c a gallon’.
- Be bold with colour – brighten an all-white kitchen with bright blue china, vases and crockery; or make a statement with a large, rustic kitchen island.
- Copper pots and pans displayed on hooks complement the country theme and are reminiscent of home-style cooking.
Create Your Country Kitchen
It’s easy to create the country kitchen of your dreams. Simply speak with your local kitchen designer
or interior designer
to get started!