Warm and cozy country kitchens are popular for a reason. Filled with rustic elements, distressed furniture, and shelves worthy of any Pinterest board, farmhouse kitchens are every bit as laid-back as they are cool and inviting. Looking to translate some of that signature bucolic charm into your existing space? From painted cabinets to breakfast nooks and beyond, scroll down for 12 country kitchen ideas that will transform your home.
1. Stay True Blue
Navy blue painted cabinets provide a tonal contrast, as well as an alluring detail, to the white marble countertops in Emily and Alon’s New Orleans cottage. Brass fixtures—yet another classic farmhouse material—lend a lustrous layer of warmth.
2. Consider Exposed Brick
Nothing makes a kitchen feel more country than an exposed brick accent wall. Follow in Kaitie and Tyler’s footsteps and flank a brick wall with wooden floating shelves for a truly charming display, as they did in their Nashville home.
3. Hang a Floating Dish Organizer
A wall-mounted plate rack in a distressed finish, like the one we spotted in Rachelle’s British farmhouse, turns a sliver of wall space into a storage-savvy country kitchen scene in seconds. Similarly, the magnetic knife strip also takes advantage of otherwise dead wall space, while echoing the finish of the butcher block counters below.
4. Tile the Walls
Stretching all the way up to the ceiling, mosaic tile walls create an inviting background that can complement a variety of decor styles. In this bright Florida cottage, the homeowners went the extra mile with a chic set of retro appliances in light blue, which complements the honey-colored cabinetry.
5. Hang a Couple of Barn Light Pendants
Searching for a rustic way to liven up your kitchen island? A pair of barn-style metal pendant lights add a dash of drama to your kitchen island, as proved by Cynthia’s Canadian farmhouse. They also provide great task lighting for prepping and cooking.
6. Install a Brick Backsplash
Take a break from an all subway tile kitchen in favor of something with a bit more warmth. In Thalita’s Ontario home, a herringbone-style brick tile inset over the range doubles as a rustic focal point for her country-cool kitchen.
7. Go for Luster
Take a cue from Wendy’s England home and opt for bronze or gold-finished sink fixtures, drawer pulls, and pendant lights to usher in a little bit of glam into your space. It also doesn’t hurt that this kitchen has good bones—wide-plank hardwood floors, exposed beams, and generously-sized windows that let in lots of natural light.
8. Create an Open Storage Display
Remove the doors from your upper cabinets to visually open up a cramped country kitchen in style, just like Laurie did inside her Canadian farmhouse. Add a potted plant—or two—to the shelves for a stylized effect.
9. Try Tiled Countertops
Tiled countertops can sometimes feel dated, but not if you execute them correctly. Go for the bold and choose an eye-catching green tile for the countertops, as Beatrice did in her Topanga Canyon cabin. Not only will it lend a saturated pop of color to the kitchen, but it’ll make a statement without overpowering the rest of the room.
10. Show Off Your Cookbooks
Take a design cue from this Michigan farmhouse and use a handful of vintage cookbooks with colorful spines to introduce a bold dose of color to an all-white kitchen. Copper accents also add a hit of shine and warmth.
11. DIY a Dining Nook
Every country’s kitchen deserves a cozy eating area. Pair a table with a comfy corner banquette to score a farmhouse-inspired breakfast nook in no time, as Jeff and Jenn did inside their Austin farmhouse.
12. Put Fruit on Display
A country kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a massive wooden bowl filled with colorful fruits. Alternatively, use a hanging metal fruit basket to supply extra storage space without taking up an inch of floor (or counter) space.