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Call Them Rustic, Call Them Country, These Kitchens Put You In a Relaxed Mood
The country style in American home design is not just one thing. Just when you have it in your head that "country" means roosters on the wall and hammered copper cabinet faces, you look at a kitchen like this one, above, and see how malleable the concept really is.
Country does not mean unsophisticated or crude or barren. It can translate to spare and clean, dominated by simple shapes that do the job without much fuss.
It can translate to lots of white of differing shades. White on... white style usually signifies rustic.
It can translate to a hearkening back to the past, without using actual antiques (What about that modern farmhouse/apron sink? Or those too-hip-for-you Edison bulbs?).
Tossing a rocking chair into the mix doesn't make anything "country" or "rustic." But those roughly hewn raw, unpainted, unstained, unsealed shelves are rustic.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Rustic-Floored Country Kitchen
Everything in this kitchen shouts "country!" Let's start with the cabinets. It's a Portland door style in Maple finished in Oatmeal. Floor: rustic beech or cypress. Vent hood: copper. Even the ceiling is tongue-and-groove natural wood.
Featured cabinets are from Starmark.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Cherry-Finished Country-Style Kitchen Cabinets
Here you'll notice that about the only thing that gives this kitchen a distinct country style is a cabinetry: featured company Starmark's Glendale door style in Cherry finished in Nutmeg with Chocolate glaze. Everything else is decidedly modern.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Yellow Is The Color of County Kitchen Style
Check out this very sunny country color for the walls of this kitchen: Valspar/Eddie Bauer Daffodil EB13-2.
The diagonal tile behind the stove, hanging a pot rack, and open shelves also contribute to the country/cottage look.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Rustic Ranch Kitchen Boasts Unique Wood Plank Flooring
Clear on the fact that this is a country-style kitchen? If not, let me help:
Wood-burning fireplace. Rustic wooden benches and table. Spartan decorations.
But what knocks this one to the moon and back is that awesome plank wood flooring. No cheap commodity wood plank, this is the real stuff. You know it because many of those planks are so long--the length of the entire room, at least 16 feet. Guaranteed, you will not find that at your local Home Depot.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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White Cabinets For a Sophisticated Country Style
White cabinetry always gives kitchens a country flair--especially paired with glass inserts, crown molding at the top of the cabinets, hanging pot racks,
Black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances take the "rustic" edge off of this country kitchen and give it a touch of sophistication.
Featured cabinets are from Canyon Creek Cabinets. Winterset White Thermofoil.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Cherry and Maple Country-Style Cabinets
For this unique country kitchen idea, a pairing of two types of kitchen cabinet wood species--cherry and maple.
To give this kitchen even more of a country look: a fancy valance; bent-wood chairs; glass-inset cabinets; and rustic 16" x 16" floor tile set diagonally.
This look is from featured cabinet company, Canyon Creek. Charleston cabinetry.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Maple and White Country Style Kitchen
Maple is always a great choice when looking for country kitchen cabinet ideas. It's a clear-grained, creamy wood that takes paint well or looks super on its own.
The featured company is Shenandoah Cabinetry. McKinley Maple. Butterscotch Glaze with Cherry Chocolate Island Square.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Innovative Breakfast Bar in Country Kitchen
White kitchen cabinets, lattice wine rack, baskets atop the cabinets--very homey and country.
The diagonally-situated breakfast bar gives the kitchen a fresh, unique look.
Cabinets come from Quality Cabinets. Model is Sterling in a white finish.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Visual Overkill: Can You Survive This Chaotic Country Style Kitchen?
Bent-wood bar stools, distressed wood flooring, curved cultured marble countertop. Five pendant lights hanging from...hooks?
There is a certain style that you might call Busy Country, but this isn't it. This is just visual chaos. Visual chaos does not a rustic kitchen make.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Farmhouse Style Sink Signifies Country In This Kitchen
One surefire country kitchen idea is to add what is commonly called a farmhouse-style or, to make it sound more inclusive of all styles, an apron sink. This attractive, smooth-aproned (or fronted) sink requires special installation methods but gives you far more washing room than ordinary sinks.
This sink is made by Franke.
Compare Prices: Franke MHK-110-20 Single Basin Fireclay Kitchen SinkContinue to 12 of 20 below.
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Wood Counters Make Kitchen Traditional and Classic
A great country kitchen idea from Kraftmaid. Glass inserts in the cabinets give the kitchen an open, airy feel. The tall vent hood over the stove draws the eye upward. Cabinets are a Dove White finish on square recessed panel solid maple doors.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Blue Painted Cabinets for a Euro-Country Feel
No better way to give your kitchen the look of a French country kitchen than cabinets painted Delft blue, decorative tile backsplash, hanging copper pans, and ceramic roosters.
The cabinets are from Artistic Cabinetry, Smithtown, NY. Be sure to check out their excellent portfolio, linked below in our list of cabinet manufacturers.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Wrought Iron Chandelier In Country Kitchen
This is a country kitchen for a duke and duchess: tons of space accommodating a big eating/prep island; a graceful arch over four double-hung windows; exposed plate caddies; glass-front cabinets; and a gorgeous wrought-iron chandelier.
Star of the show is the cabinet work from Artistic Cabinetry.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Cozy! How About a Country Cabin Kitchen?
One niche of the country kitchen style might be called Weekend Cabin, and this one is a prime example of that.
This homeowner went big time with the wood--walls, floors, ceiling, beams--but toned it all down by using kinder, gentler woods like pine and white oak.
As a result, knots, streaks, and burls are kept to a bare minimum. This lets the country-vintage elements, like the industrial-chic pendant lights and old-school top-compressor refrigerator, shine brightly.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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Unique Touch With Dry Sink Stand
If you want a true country look for your kitchen, consider adding a dry sink stand (dry, meaning that it's unplumbed).
No reason, though, you can't add a farmhouse style (apron) sink and plumb it.
More likely, you'll use it off to the side as a decorative piece with a copper wash pan. On the top shelf is some room for cookbooks. Underneath, you can store kitchen implements that you use infrequently.
This comes from Touches of Country.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Fresh, Clean, Unsullied: The All-White Country Kitchen
For reasons I've never been able to fathom, all-white kitchens seem to convey a country feel.
Here we've got white cabinets, white trim, white crown molding, white fixtures, white walls, and a few other white accessories.
Cabinets are from Black Cove Cabinetry, based in Scarborough, Maine.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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Country Kitchen With White Cabinets, Hardwood Floor
What are the elements of this kitchen, from Black Cove Cabinetry, that make it "country?"
For one, it has a solid hardwood floor, and the three bar stools at the island do look very country. But again, it's those clean, spare, white cabinets that do the trick. Note how even the refrigerator has a cabinet panel on front to disguise it. No stainless steel here, mister!Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Earthen Colors Help Define Your Country Kitchen
Simple earthen- and primary-based colors work best when trying to achieve a country kitchen style.
Add in a natural-wood mobile kitchen island/table and you've got a down-home comfy look.
Featured paint is from Dutch Boy. Colors: Yellowtail Dam, Rich Georgia Clay, and Regal Red.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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Wood Beams In an Insanely Wood-Themed Country Kitchen