Any time that homeowners ask me what exactly makes up country kitchen designs (a lot of people automatically think go some sort of down home look filled with red and white buffalo check and roosters) I usually point them to these photos for reference. I am well aware that there are two giant roosters sitting on one of the double islands, but ignore that because the entire space is a really good representation of how you can use country kitchen decor but keep the foundation of your room style pretty style-neutral. The key to this design scheme is classic lines (you could do simple shaker cabinets or more complex and detailed), non-fussy finishes like a simple stain, white paint, or even a bright pop of color on the island, and more traditional countertop materials.
I feel like some people talk bad about country kitchen designs and how they are not chic enough for today's buyer, but I have to disagree simply due to the fact that this is a style that has been around for years and years and is still very popular. I had a lot of fun coming up with this modern country kitchen look for a client that wanted the quaint charm of the style but with a few trendier touches to keep the design looking current. We went with your classic white shaker cabinets and gorgeous rustic floors as the foundation for the design, then added some cool unexpected elements to give the look something a little bit different. Rather than your typical marble or beige granite that you see in most country kitchen ideas, we went with an edgy onyx countertop and accented it with stainless steal accents and awesome steel barstools.
This is definitely one of my favorite country kitchen designs that I have ever seen because it combines that rustic charm that we have all come to know and love with a bit of elegance that escalates the overall look. Usually I tend to gravitate towards country kitchen decorating ideas that are a bit more on the simple side, without all of the clutter and nicknacks that they used here -- but something about the way that they incorporated all of these little treasures is really charming to me. It looks as though you have stepped into grandmas kitchen while she cooks dinner (if her kitchen had some chic modern upgrades of course). We are getting new kitchen cabinets next week in a similar cream shade, and I am really tempted to recreate some elements of this design in our newly styled space.
I love it when interior decorators modernize country kitchen designs to create a chic rustic look in homes where you may not be expecting that particular decor motif. I find that, most often, rustic kitchen decor tends to be synonymous with bright red and white buffalo check, barn wood accents, and even a quaint rooster or two thrown into the design for personality. I don't blame you if you are into that but, for me, I find country style decor much more palatable when it is wrapped in a slightly more modern bow. I am talking about homes that look just like the ones in this country chic kitchen designs photo gallery, that have classic exposed wood beams paired with sleek cement or quartz countertops, edgy stainless appliances, and rich wood floors and cabinet detailing.
My mom and I adore country kitchen designs and are always trying to figure out new and unique ways to incorporate quaint rustic touches into our home (especially in this main gathering space). Of all the charming rustic styles that you see designers use, French country kitchen decor is by far my favorite because it is casual and full of personality while still feeling very elegant and high end. Although I want my home to be filled with personality and an inviting nature, I still want to excuse timeless elegance at all times (much like the way that I dress and carry myself). These kitchen cabinets pictures (of my own house :) perfectly capture what I am speaking about.
Are these country kitchen designs not just the sweetest and most charming thing you have ever seen?! I love how they turned your typical farmhouse style spaces upside down (literally), by covering the ceiling in a classic gingham wallpaper. I would have never thought to do such a thing, but it looks absolutely perfect against the green kitchen cabinets of the island and the gorgeous china hung above the range hood. If you had just heard this home described without seeing pictures of it you would probably wonder what in the world the designer or homeowners were thinking when they planned out the space. But when you actually see photos of the new kitchen ideas, it all makes complete sense.