I want a country kitchen design in my house, but so many photos that I have seen take the style too far, into the cliche realm. I really liked this particular space because it has just the right amount of rustic elements to fall into that country category, but they are combined with both contemporary and traditional pieces to give it a more upscale look. For example, they paired lovely exposed beam accents on the ceiling pair alongside classic kitchen backsplash ideas featuring traditional subway tile and a lovely decorative inset above the stove. To me this is the perfect way to incorporate country kitchen ideas in a tasteful way that can appeal to a wide variety of people.
When we bought this farm house in rural Tennessee, I knew that I wanted to do themed decor to go with the architecture of the home and spaciousness of the property. As it came time to tackle the open main living areas, I knew that I wanted to find some sort of country kitchen cabinets that would look rustic without being cliche. I found an inspiration picture in Southern Living Magazine that was filled with country kitchen ideas that still remain elegant, refined and even a bit contemporary. With that I had began to form a plan. Our home had these beautiful original brick floors that I decided to make the center piece of the design. I knew that I wanted to incorporate kitchen island ideas that looked like a piece of heirloom furniture, so I started with that.
Country kitchen designs do not have to be rustic and evoke the look of a barn or run down farmhouse, they can bring just as much elegance and style as an contemporary room. This beautiful space is a great example of how you can create an upscale kitchen using features that are typical found in country kitchen ideas, but in a new way. When most of us think about farmhouse design, we picture exposed woods and brick, colorful paint schemes, and eclectic decorative accents. This room incorporates many of those but with a more contemporary twist. The kitchen island is constructed of distressed wood panels and a butcher block countertop, but accented by hip wrought iron hanging pendants.
I am in the process of trying to transform our contemporary home into a more country style kitchen without ripping out cabinets or spending a ton of money. As you can see, we have beautiful wood cabinets with intricate detailing that definitely evokes that rustic country look. However, the modern grey paint palette, contemporary bronze light fixtures and furniture, as well as the countertop and flooring choice do not really blend well with my chosen style. I think the first thing that I will swap out is the wall color and kitchen countertops. Changing the walls to a beautiful warm white or even blue shade will give the space a more classic look. I also want to add marble-look countertops to both the island as well as the main cabinetry for a more traditional touch.
Elegance is a cornerstone of good design. Unlike busy, frantic patterns, elegant looks stand the test of time. We designed this kitchen with French country decor in mind, aiming for a rustic, old world feel. Warm, subtle colors are the base of French design. Here they allow for the accent work to truly make a statement. Weathered accents and chandeliers are a hallmark of the French country kitchen. When working with this style, we look for real antiques wherever possible to bring a truly historic feel to the room. The flowing lines on the table and cabinets are another marker of the French country style. Circles and swirling designs set this style apart from other country kitchen ideas.
I am always on the hunt for new and exciting pieces of country kitchen decor to add to my home. Until I saw photos of this beautiful mixed wood tone space, I had never thought to combine finishes in this way, nor did I realize that I could use a painted design in a backsplash. I love both of these ideas so much that they are going to be the foundation of my new kitchen design. I will use these kitchen cabinet ideas as inspiration when I refinish our existing white units. They have great bones, lovely detailing, and are custom fitted to our kitchen, but the finish just seems so tired now.