The Classic American Kitchen: Design Ideas for a Country Kitchen

Living in the city or a residential suburb, you can create the rustic country style that is so popular in kitchen design today. Rustic country rivals the classic white kitchen by incorporating wood, metal, and the small details like color and intricate accents.



Using wood in different areas of your design is a great way to add a rustic element to your kitchen. Reclaimed wood, whether in ceiling beams, a kitchen island, or as an accent to your kitchen cabinetry, is especially popular. It gives the homeowners a unique and environmentally-friendly way to warm up their kitchen and create interest. In the picture above, KSI Designer Wes Boggs uses light hardwood, Sage Coffee Glaze on Alder from Dura Supreme Cabinetry, in the kitchen creating a quaint aesthetic. Quartersawn oak, rustic cherry and the finish techniques make the cabinetry too. A distressed finish transforms your expected cabinetry into a custom work of art. Other ideas incorporate reclaimed wood in the range hood, a stand-alone furniture piece, valance, or kitchen table.



Your country kitchen may be rustic, but that doesn’t mean your appliances should be. For example, a stainless steel double-door refrigerator with freezer drawers offers plenty of storage for food while adding a modern touch to the country kitchen. In the second photo above, I incorporated stainless steel appliances for an updated, fresh appearance. Another example seen below by KSI Designer Sandra Daubenmeyer featuring a stove range hood with metallic bronze accent that modernizes the kitchen’s aesthetics. These metals may also be used in cabinetry hardware, apron sinks, back splashes, plumbing and light fixtures.


Design is in the Details

Adding small details to your country kitchen can really pull your space together. With the typically light color palette of a country kitchen, adding in bright color accents can give a fun pop to your design. Freshly picked flowers, bold dishware, window treatments, vibrant chair cushions, and bright or white shelving are fun details. Speaking of shelving, try a kitchen storage plan that showcases your dishes on open shelving or in cabinets with glass doors; you can also display unique curios, eclectic antiques, mason jars, and other family heirloom items to add some character to kitchen and reflect your family’s personality.

They say home is where the heart is, and more often than not, the kitchen is the heart of the home. With a country kitchen design, the heart of your home will be warm, charming, and inviting to anyone who enjoys your new rustic space.

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Sharon Field-Camilleri
Sharon Field-Camilleri
Sharon Field-Camilleri is a professional designer with 20 years of experience servicing the Brighton, MI area. She specializes in delivering best-in-class design concepts to homeowners by blending style and function.

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