Country Style Kitchens

December 24, 2013
Posted in Kitchen

I used to think that a kitchen was a kitchen. I never realised that there were so many different types of kitchen. I first heard of country style kitchens about twenty five years ago. Again, I have to display my ignorance, I never realised that there were so many different types of country style kitchen.

There are, though, numerous variations on the country theme. There’s a country style kitchen to suit almost everyone. These are my favourites.

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1. The Farmhouse Kitchen
When I think about farmhouse kitchens I’m hit with a feeling of nostalgia. That’s strange because it is nostalgia for a time I didn’t know. Perhaps it’s something that sits deep in the collective unconscious.

Farmhouse style kitchens are a throwback to a time of rural living and rural communities. They have a wonderful warm homely feel to them. A key feature is the wall mounted, open shelving. Central to any farmhouse kitchen is its open range complete with stovepipe.

Farmhouse kitchen flooring will often be made out of wood. However, checked tiles or linoleum are often found. And of course there must be a fireplace; although in modern kitchens this may not be a working fireplace.

2. The Rustic Style Kitchen
When you think of a rustic style kitchen there are certain words that immediately spring to mind: antique, worn, well worn, distressed, homely, reclaimed and rough-hewn are some of these words. Just looking at those descriptions conjures up a picture of cold days and hot soup.

Two great features of a rustic style kitchen are its fire place and area for dining. What could be more welcoming than a blazing fire and a comfortable dining area to gather around on cold days? Specially if you have the vancouver dining range.

3. The Craftsman’s Kitchen
The Victorian era gave use a great many things that have stayed with us and will stay with us. However, there is a feature of Victoriana that caused a bit of a reaction in the early part of the twentieth century: the over-elaborate fussiness of many Victorian kitchens. One result of this reaction was the rise of the craftsman’s kitchen. These kitchens have a charm that is all about simplicity.

Some of the key features of craftsman’s kitchens are the rich wood, clean lines and simple lighting. The rich wood gives these kitchens a warm feel while the clean lines of the cabinets and the simple lighting emphasise utility over form.

4. The Cottage Kitchen
Once again, this is a kitchen that firmly has its roots in the past. Walk into a cottage kitchen and you are immediately hit by feeling of belonging to a world long since passed. A world that was simpler; where living was more carefree and the pace of life was slower.

What you will also note is the sense of calm that is present in a cottage kitchen. It could be the use of such soft, delicate colors as white, turquoise and yellow allied with the strength of a hardwood floor displayed in all its natural beauty.

5. Mediterranean Country Kitchen
If you want to evoke the feel of Mediterranean living then the kitchen is at the heart of everything. Think of beautiful landscapes, sea breezes and gorgeous sunshine: then replicate this in the kitchen with full colors, classic lines and intimate detail. The Mediterranean kitchen is alive with bright reds, golden yellows, sea blue and terra cotta.

Whatever your style of living, there is a country kitchen that will reflect this. Country kitchens are as rich, vibrant and varied as the people who use them.

Bio: David Johnson is an author and a consultant. He enjoys walking and visits his country along with his wife. They have recently renovated a cottage where they have many fine pieces of oak furniture. You can find him on Google+.

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