Whether you dream of a life in the rural hillside, or want to modernise your existing country retreat, opting for a country kitchen doesn’t mean sacrificing a contemporary and modern style.
Discover our range of tips to transform your kitchen into the welcoming farmhouse style heart of the home you dream of it being.
Add an island
An island is a great way to add in a more rustic edge to your kitchen, as you don’t have to opt for the same cabinets and worktops as the rest of your design.
Go all out with a solid wood worktop and make it big enough to have seating dotted around one side to create a hub in the centre of the room – a modern alternative to the traditional table.
Opting for a combination of cupboards and open storage means you can use wooden fruit containers or baskets for storage to add to the country feel.
Change up your cooker
A staple in every country-kitchen, a range cooker can be a great way to give your kitchen a true country feel.
Along with providing plenty of cooking space, range cookers come in a variety of traditional styles along with modern stainless steel options which help to give a modern touch.
They’re also a great focal point for a kitchen, and can be a great place to start your kitchen design planning.
Show off your crockery
Dressers have been a key feature of country kitchens for a long time, both practical for storage and also great for adding to the whole design with your range of crockery on show.
Updating your crockery that’s on show can be a great way to transition your room throughout the seasons. Adding elements such as plate racks and glass fronted cabinet doors can be a great way to show off your prize crockery and give your kitchen the feel of a traditional dresser.
Highlight your wood
Wood is a great material to use in the kitchen as it can help to give a real rustic effect. Whether you’ve opted for a wooden worktop, or are adding simple touches of wood through furniture such as bar stools around the island.
Panelling is another great modern alternative to tiles or splashbacks, giving that natural touch, and the timber can also be painted the same colour as the rest of the room to add a textural element to your kitchen walls.
Bright, modern neutrals such as sage green and grey toned blues look great in a contemporary kitchen.
Update your flooring
If you’re looking at making one change to your kitchen, the flooring is an important point to consider. Why not install large flagstone style floor tiles to give that true barn feel?
Tiles are great for the kitchen as they are easy to keep clean, and help to give a real rustic feel. Another alternative is real-wood flooring, opting for a white-wash effect or a dark timber can help to make a real statement.
Both are long lasting flooring options that require little maintenance with huge style pay-offs and will help to maintain the country look whether you decide to alter your cabinets or change your wall colour in the meantime.