Country Kitchen Design Ideas
Posted by wpsatuw2 on February 24, 2009
The kitchen is the heart of most homes. This is where family members are drawn together as they prepare dinner, or grab a quick bite before heading to school or work. That is why country kitchen designs are one of the more popular designs because of the warm, cozy feeling that this kind of kitchen gives. Aside from that, it is easy and less costly to do, as old pieces can still be used and matched with new ones.
A country kitchen is incomplete without wood. Cabinets, shelves, coffee tables, chairs, and flooring are usually made of wood. Whether distressed or not, wood must be natural-looking. Cabinets made of oak, maple, pine or knotty alder, in tones of tan and yellow, is the focal point of a country kitchen. There may also be open cupboards or shelves where pots and earthen ware can be stored. A hand painted shelf mounted on the wall can also be used to display antique plates and jars.
Another element of country design is the use of wrought iron pieces. Plant holders, fruit baskets, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls are usually made of wrought iron to give a rugged, rustic feel.
Countertops are usually made of marble or ceramic tiles, although some would still use granite countertops. Whatever the material is, the color must blend well with the color scheme of the entire kitchen. Interesting decorative tiles may also be used in some areas.
To give warmth, walls are usually painted with earth colors. Some prefer lighter shades like yellow and cream. Visualize the colors of a sunset. These are the colors that the walls usually have.
Tables and other kitchen furniture must contribute to the rustic feel. That is why it is common to see a small round table in dark brown or maroon shades. Wicker chairs may also be used. Tall counter stools, also made of wood, are also present in a country kitchen.