Country kitchens have really come into their own in the Philippine market, and they're set to grow even more popular. With their cozy look, homely feel, and rustic style, they're timeless, so it's no wonder homeowners are rushing to transform their kitchens into country-inspired spaces that their entire families can enjoy.
While country kitchens provide the warm, earthy charm to your home, fresher trends are bound to be combined with this traditional, classic style. Read on to learn how to create a country kitchen with a rustic touch that you'll adore.
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white as a focus color. This can make the room look more spacious, but if you want to add some real style and personality to your kitchen, use brighter colors — just make sure you're restrained. Consider livening up your cabinets, walls, or even appliances that have color-led designs.
Nature-inspired shades, playful pastels and bold colors are all set to come into their own. Paint bead board cabinets and paneling with milk paint in airy hues such as butter yellow, light blue, or cream. Instead of glossy polished countertops, try honed or flamed granite which has a natural satin appearance.
For the more ornate country feel, add stronger colors from nature, including reds, purples, and greens to complete the kitchen color scheme. As you may see in some vintage photographs, some designers choose to leave off the cabinet doors below the apron sink and add a patterned curtain to cover the open space.
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, woodland and farm animal prints will all look delightful against a rustic kitchen backdrop.
Choose patterned tea towels, oven gloves and mugs, all of which can be placed around your kitchen space to add personality. Also think about your choice of cookware and tableware, which, depending on the style and color, can help to create a cohesive scheme in your kitchen, especially when it's left on display.
If you don't want your country kitchen to have too much of a plain 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.
Farmhouse sinks, bead board panels, and open shelving are trademarks of country kitchen designs. Knotty wood cupboards or painted and glazed cabinets with simple styling provide a traditional country feel that's not too stuffy. Popular cabinet styles include the standard raised panel or beaded flat panel cabinet doors with a simple frame.
A country kitchen doesn't have to look perfect — in fact, they tend to look better and homier 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.
Sometimes rustic and often cozy, country style kitchens have a timeless and natural appearance. Play with the aesthetics of wide-planked wood floors, antique brass hardware, knotty pine furniture, and antique knick-knacks to contribute to the casual, playful atmosphere of the country lifestyle.
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 warmer.
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. Dress up your country kitchen cabinets with stained glass or wire grille door panel inserts, and add some lights to illuminate the cabinet from within.
Moreover, adding scents will bring a cozier feel to your country kitchen. If you want to ensure that your kitchen is as fresh 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 pine, gingerbread, and floral scents when you're shopping for your kitchen. These three will bring that ultimate cottage feel to your kitchen.