Country style kitchens appeal to those living in the cramped confines of cities because of their warmth and appeal. Indeed, a country style of kitchen decor is reminiscent of vast spaces, homely dishes served warm and straight off the stove top or out of the oven – no microwaved dinner can ever compare to them! Therefore, if you are redecorating your home, it is a good idea to check out the concept and design of country style kitchens and you can bring the warmth of the country into your home.
Since the first thing that strikes you about country style kitchens is the warmth and inviting appeal, it is necessary that you choose the colours of the walls and fittings accordingly. Cold steel and metals are uninviting choices, as are typical city colours of blue, or creams. Country style home decor is all about warm colours – ochre, yellows, burnished reds and oranges and so forth. Earthy tones and shades like brown, green, patterned wallpaper or solid blocks of colour will lend a country like feel to your kitchen.
Tiles are another important addition to the decor of country style kitchens. A pattern of multicoloured tiled just behind your stove or cook top would add a splash of homely colour to the rest of the decor and make that place a focal point – which is important because the stove and the hearth is where the food is cooked! And country style kitchens are incomplete without an Aga style oven – a heavy cast iron oven which cooks everything in sealed in heat – thus lending the food cooked in it a unique and hearty flavour. They come equipped with hot plates and multiple oven spaces as well and many homes which have Aga cookers claim that they heat up the kitchen on chilly evenings as well.
The floor of your country style kitchen should be traditional – wooden flooring or stone flagstones are good choices – but in case you cannot afford to or don’t want to overhaul your entire flooring just to lend your kitchen a country look – you can buy country style rugs and carpets to add to the decor instead. Make sure these are old fashioned – braided rugs or rustic looking mats to complete the look. Trawl flea markets or yard sales for old fashioned cabinets in wicker or wood – cabinets with glass doors can be used to store your cutlery and crockery and also show off country style bric-a-brac. Antique furniture which look a little worn and used are perfect choices for country style kitchens. Lace curtains and family pictures in wooden frames as well as other personal memorabilia are another quaint choice for such kitchen decor – people in the country make it a point to make each and every room personal – kitchens too, are not left out, unlike the cold perfection that minimalistic decor lends city homes.
Colourful and quaint pottery, fresh flowers, warm, muted lighting – (antique lampshades perhaps) go a long way into transforming your kitchen. Country style kitchens will appeal to everyone in the family simply because they are symbolic of families gathering together to eat and laugh and bond over good, nay, great food.