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About Country Kitchen Designs: Style and Elements

by Shannon Dauphin

Many custom kitchen cabinets are created to fit in with today's sleek, streamlined, contemporary kitchen designs. But many homeowners are turning back to the past, to country kitchen designs that harken back to the time when the kitchen was the center of the household. Today's country kitchen often requires new, quality cabinets that look like they have been in place for decades.

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The Basics of Country Kitchen Designs

The country kitchen often includes elements that have been in use for hundreds of years. It tends to be a simple yet elegant design that works for both everyday use and more formal events.

  • Distressed or old-fashioned finishes. Country kitchen cabinets look like they have stood the test of time. Streaks, blemishes, and minor scrapes all add to the charm of a country kitchen.
  • Whimsical details. The small details in a country kitchen add to its charm and appeal. From ceramic roosters lining the countertops to delicate details on the cabinet doors, a country kitchen has plenty of visual appeal.
  • Old-fashioned floors. Flooring of ceramic tile or classic hardwood is perfect for the country kitchen. The mellow patina of wide boards on the floor can take your guests back in time.
  • Natural countertops. Your country kitchen design is all about the simple things, and that includes countertops that stir up thoughts of yesteryear. Slate, granite, and ceramic tile are all fine materials that look appropriately dressed-down in the country kitchen.
  • Practical yet beautiful appliances. Want to go the extra mile for nostalgia? Opt for a vintage refrigerator or oven to complete the country kitchen look. True vintage appliances in good working order are often hard to come by, but modern replicas look just as charming as the real thing.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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