Bring rustic, farmhouse charm to your kitchen
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cosy as possible. This classic style is ideal for light, airy kitchens that are large enough to include a dining area, while also suiting small kitchens that are more pushed for space.
So, let us take you through how to make the perfect traditional kitchen.
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Kitchen cabinets and storage
The traditional kitchen is all about the shaker style. This design features four separate pieces making up the frame of the cabinet door or drawer, with a recessed middle panel. For extra detail, couple with framed cabinets, and keep an interesting balance of drawers and cupboards.
The country kitchen works well with both natural wood effect or painted cabinets. For the warmth of wood, explore our Cooke & Lewis Chesterton kitchens. Available in two styles, they're handcrafted from solid oak adding warm tones to your rustic kitchen. Or check out the soft lines of the IT Chilton Traditional Oak Effect kitchen's shaker style which create a timeless quality that is homely and welcoming.
If you’re considering a splash of paint, pick from popular choices like white or cream, or explore a neutral shade like taupe or cashmere. These less common colours work brilliantly when paired with a darker worktop and are a fun twist on classic country. The IT Stonefield Stone Classic Style kitchen is offered in both white and ivory with curved doors for a contemporary edge. Or, if you want a new look on a budget, why not paint your existing kitchen cabinets as a quick way to update your kitchen? We offer a wide range of renovation paints giving you the freedom to get creative with colour in the kitchen.
If storage is a headache in your busy kitchen, don't be afraid to play around with open and closed cabinets. This allows you to showcase snippets of beautiful crockery, while keeping the rest of your kitchen utensils and dishes ordered and contained behind closed doors. Or opt for a fitted kitchen with on-display storage, such as the Cooke & Lewis Carisbrooke Ivory Framed kitchen (pictured). This boasts clever built-in features, including an open-shelved crockery holder and wine holder.
If you have the space, go traditional with a Welsh dresser (also known as a kitchen dresser). These large, open cupboards were a staple of classic country kitchens and any spare shelving can be filled with pictures, ornaments and herbs as well as your prettiest china. Add intimate ambience at night by draping string lights over the top or stagger candles on the shelves to add a romantic flicker – just be sure that they're never left unattended while lit.
Solid wood worktops are the popular choice for the traditional country kitchen. Thick, with a square edge, they not only add texture, but get better with age and add to the lived-in look. They also neatly complement grey cabinets as wood with grey is a classic colour combination that will look stylish for years to come.
Natural wood requires a little TLC to stay at its best, so if looking for something more low-maintenance, opt for a wood-effect laminate worktop. Hard-wearing and waterproof, choose between square or curved edges.
If you’ve opted for wooden or wood-effect cabinets, or want a slightly more modern look, consider an Earthstone worktop. Available in black, coffee and three different shades of white, Earthstone has an attractive flecked finish and is completely non-porous making a very hygienic and easy to care for.
Kitchen sinks and taps
In the country kitchen, the sink to have is the Belfast (pictured). Made from white ceramic, its deep, rectangular bowl is silky to the touch and needs little maintenance to stay in great condition for years to come.
If you fancy more than one sink or a drainer to sit alongside it, take a look at our other ceramic sinks which include 1.5 sink options. Look for ones that come complete with tap and waste kits to save money by buying everything all at once.
Ovens, hobs and cooker hoods
Range cookers are the ideal choice for a traditional country kitchen. Large, with several cooking compartments and commonly more than four rings on the hob, this cooker can handle a whole farmhouse of hungry mouths! Choose the fuel type to suit your cooking - gas, electric or both - and the colour to blend with your kitchen. We offer them in black, cream and stainless steel, and for more adventurous tastes, why not opt for a dramatic red or cool blue?
The popular choice is to conceal or minimise the impact of a cooker hood in country kitchens and there are plenty of ways to do this. Go for an integrated hood to help it blend in; a ceiling hood or a downdraft one. These are on show as, and when, you need them and so make a discreet choice.
The country kitchen offers two options when it comes to appliances - hide away or show off. To play down the presence of a washing machine, dishwasher or fridge/freezer, opt for built-in versions that can be hidden away behind kitchen cabinet doors. If you'd rather make more of a feature of them, look for ones with a bit of personality that evoke that inviting farmhouse feel. This might be through colour, size or shape - we have a wide range to help you find the appliance that delivers both performance and style.
Kitchen walls and floors
Neutrals are the aim of the game in a traditional kitchen. Choose between a warm and rich colour palette of creams, beiges and sage greens, or a cooler look of bright whites and greys. Add these colours through kitchen paint or kitchen wallpaper - we love our kitchen ranges which are specially designed to withstand the humid and messy kitchen environment. Older properties might have walls that are uneven or in poor condition. Tackle these with a lining paper to smooth the surface ready for painting or papering.
Have tiles but don’t want to remove them? Check out our tile paints that help you get the colour you want without too much effort. Or try another popular look in country kitchens - several rows of tiles above the worktop. The tiles act as a splashback behind sinks and your hob making it a practical and stylish choice. For bigger areas, supersize your tile with a Iarge tile, or for more compact kitchens consider a mosaic effect, combining colours from your chosen palette.
When it comes to floors, this trend calls for light colours in natural-looking materials. Opt for pale shades in large format flooring. We offer styles across many of our flooring options - tiles, vinyl and laminate - that emulate the look of wood, stone and more so that you can achieve the farmhouse feel without some of the installation and maintenance headaches.
Pendant lighting is a popular choice for all kitchen styles and the country look is no exception. Look for options that work with the rest of your room. We love antique-looking metal to match your kitchen cabinet door handles and knobs. Or how about something slightly more contemporary like glass pendants (pictured)?
And, if you’re lucky enough to have wooden beams on your kitchen ceiling, consider hiding downlights behind them to illuminate your worktops and sink. That way, you get the benefit of good lighting but your look won't be impacted.
Kitchen accessories and finishing touches
The country kitchen is all about being cosy and warm, so work out how best to turn up the heat. If strapped for space, consider adding underfloor heating (dependent on your flooring choice). Or, if you've more room to work with, why not add a stove? Great for families and entertaining, they come in a range of styles and fuel types to suit your kitchen's set-up.
Show off your food in style with clear Kilner jars, pots and bottles. And for the ultimate farmhouse feel, look for small storage options in natural materials. We offer individual baskets made from seagrass, water hyacinth, wicker and willow that can be filled with bread rolls or cakes and displayed on the table when dining. And for a more permanent solution, check out our IT Wicker Storage System that’s fitted on runners to open like standard drawers.
And finish your cabinets and drawers with the perfect handles and knobs. We love pewter-effect handles and knobs for an authentic, antique look.