How can I design and decorate my kitchen in the spectacular country style?
If you are a fan of the country style and are thinking about renovating or designing your kitchen, then you are in the right place! At homify, we can teach you tips and tricks on how to adapt, decorate and design your kitchen according to the style you prefer, which in this case is the country style.
Whether you browse through the thousands of kitchen photographs on our portal for ideas, or contact a professional kitchen designer, you’ve come to the best place to get started!
What kind of decorative elements look good in country kitchens?
Many home owners believe that kitchens are strictly functional areas, which are used for cooking and eating. However, they can contribute to the overall aesthetic or decorative style of the house. In the case of country-style kitchens, you can use the following elements to create the country theme in your interiors:
Stools and wooden benches: When it comes to furniture, the more rustic, the better! You could place your stools at the foot of a nice bar counter made of wood. In fact, since this style favours rustic design, you could even use a piece of a tree trunk, in its most primal state, as the countertop. How does that sound? If you do not have a bar, you could consider including a pair of wooden benches at the foot of your kitchen island to make it a multifunctional space that can double up as a dining area. This would be a charming addition to the kitchen in a large farm house or bungalow on the outskirts of New Delhi, but with a little adaptation, it can also be a perfect space-saving design for a small studio apartment in a city such as Bangalore.
Copper pots: Copper can add a retro touch or vintage touch that country kitchens so badly need. If you don’t have old pots and pans that you can use to decorate your kitchen, you can buy pure copper pots at prices starting INR 2,000 per piece. Alternatively, you can find decorative copper and steel utensils in the range of INR 1,000 to INR 3,500.
Flowers and herbs: For the rustic and natural look that is typical of country kitchens, you should include fresh flowers, potted herbs or even a dried arrangement. Put a bouquet in a lovely old metal vase and place it on a floating shelf to add a charming element to your kitchen’s décor.
Boxes and trunks: If you want to get innovative without breaking away from the character of country-style décor, you could use old trunks or boxes to store utensils or ingredients. Vintage metal boxes can be installed on the wall to replicate cabinets. Interesting idea, don’t you think?!
Recycled accessories: Look for original and ingenious ways to create rustic elements that are essential to the country style. For example, how about converting your empty wine bottles into vases? Similarly, before you throw away old lamps, jars or pipes think about how you can recycle them to decorate your kitchen.
What kind of materials are perfect for country kitchens?
When designing beautiful country kitchens, it is vital to choose the right type of materials. Undoubtedly, it is advisable to seek help from expert interior decorators and kitchen planners to obtain better results when it comes to deciding on fabrics, finishes, colours and accessories. However, in general, you can’t go wrong with the following materials:
Colourful tiles on the floor: A country kitchen needs to have a mix of sober and bright colours in its visual composition. Whether it’s charming patterned tiles or bright-red ceramic tiles with a rustic finish, they can infuse a cheerful and warm note to the kitchen.
Wrought iron: This lovely material is ideal for introducing decorative touches that are reminiscent of the yesteryears. It can be used on accessories such as trays or floating shelves to enhance the country theme.
Terracotta: Clay pots are another wonderful rustic accessory that can highlight the country aesthetic. The best part is that they are cheap. It might cost you around INR 340 to INR 2,000 depending upon the size of the pot or vessel. Additionally, these pots will also add a lovely earthy flavour to your dishes when you cook in them.
Wicker: Another material that is perfect for the old-fashioned look of country kitchens, you can include wicker chairs near the island counter to create an alternate dining space. Shelves or stands made of wicker can also be functional as well as a charming feature in a kitchen.
How can I give a rustic finish to the wooden furniture in my country kitchen?
You can give your old furniture a more rustic look to match the style of the country kitchen. This can be done either by opting for the distressed look or by coating it with lacquer. Whichever option you choose, it’s best to get a professional painter to help you with the task. Alternatively, if you like D-I-Y projects, you can prepare the surface by first scraping the wood with sandpaper. Next, if you want to make your furniture look old, add a few cracks along the grain using a hammer and chisel. Finally, use a natural or transparent coating to finish and protect the surface from moisture. If you have metal elements on your furniture, you could replace them with decorative wrought iron work to bring in a rustic look.
For more ideas, we recommend that you browse through the photographs of country-style kitchens featured on homify. Make a note of your favourite designs and consult a professional kitchen planner to create your dream kitchen.