Country kitchens: rustic and timeless, cosy and homely, what's not to love about a country kitchen scheme?
Homeowners are rushing to transform their kitchens into country-inspired spaces for the entire family to enjoy, and while country kitchens are in no way new, fresh trends are constantly emerging. Read on to learn how to create a country kitchen with a modern rustic touch that you'll adore throughout 2019 and beyond.
1. Choose your colours carefully
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white as a focus colour. This can make the room look more spacious, but if you want to add some real style and personality to your kitchen, use brighter colours — but just make sure you're restrained. Consider livening up your cabinets, walls (or consider coloured tiles or wallpaper), or even appliances like an AGA range cooker or a Smeg 50s style fridge freezer – both of which are known for their colour-led designs.
Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour, has already made its predictions for which hues are going to be most popular for AW19/20, so, if you're looking to give your kitchen a 2019-appropriate makeover, consider any of the colours from the palettes they've proposed. Nature-inspired shades, playful pastels and bold colours are all set to come into their own.
2. Use patterns to add interest
Plaid blankets and tweed might come to mind at the mention of country style, but there are far more patterns that can be included in the design of your new kitchen. Stripes, florals, and woodland and farm animal prints will all look delightful against a rustic backdrop.
Also think about your choice of cookware and tableware, which, depending on the style and colour, can help to create a cohesive scheme in your kitchen, especially when it's left on display. Le Creuset are well-known for their premium quality cookware, which is available in a rainbow of colours. Millbry Hill has a huge selection of country kitchen accessories, which includes patterned tea towels, oven gloves and mugs, all of which can be placed around your kitchen space to add personality. Other kitchen favourites include Emma Bridgewater, Sophie Allport and Garden Trading.
3. Add antique details
If you don't want your country kitchen to have too much of a modern look, adding some antique details will give it a more traditional and lived-in feel. You could go all out and replace your dining table and chairs with a pre-owned set, or pick out some small ornaments to dot around the space.
If you would like some old-fashioned pieces for your kitchen, Love Antiques is a treasure trove that offers antique furniture, clocks, decorations, and even lighting from trusted dealers.
4. Invest in traditional appliances
When creating a country kitchen, homeowners will often replace their appliances with more traditional designs. While this isn't completely necessary, it can give your kitchen a more authentic country look. If your appliances are already past their best or you're simply looking to go all out, Marks Electrical has a great range of retro kitchen appliances that are bound to fit into your new kitchen design perfectly.
5. Don't be afraid to mix and match
A country kitchen doesn't have to look perfect — in fact, they tend to look better and homelier when things are mixed and matched. For example, you might choose to have four different chairs around your dining table, or want to choose different handles for all of your cabinets. This will add to the charm of your kitchen, and give it a carefree, effortless feel.
Car boot sales and markets are ideal when you're looking for mismatched furniture, decorative pieces, and kitchen accessories. If you aren't sure where to find those in your area, simply enter your postcode into Car Boot Junction and you'll be shown all of the regular events worth visiting.
6. Put everything on display
Country kitchens aren't supposed to be pristine and completely clutter free — in fact, homeowners who prefer this style of kitchen will often display everything from their tea towels to their crockery. This, again, helps to give spaces a lived-in feel, and can make a kitchen seem much homelier.
There are a number of ways in which you can display things in your kitchen. Consider adding glass doors to your cupboards so your beautiful collection of plates, bowls, and mugs will be on display. You may also want to put up hooks where you can hang your oven gloves, tea towels and apron.
7. Use scents to create a homely feel
If you want to ensure that your kitchen is as homely and inviting as can be, you need to think about more than just the look — the scent of the room is just as important. We all have our preferences when it comes to smells, but you can't go wrong with baking scents when you're shopping for your kitchen. For example, AJ's Country Cottage on Etsy offers a range of scented candles, including those that smell like freshly baked bread, cookies, and gingerbread. Any of these would work beautifully in a country kitchen.
Take these seven tips on board and you'll soon have a delightful country-inspired kitchen that you and your family can enjoy throughout 2019 and beyond.
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