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10 June 2021

Country kitchen ideas

Plan your perfect country kitchen with our design ideas for a total kitchen transformation or small updates that will have a big impact.
Liz Ransome-Croker

A country-style kitchen is a timeless classic and can suit a wide range of homes. Find out how you can design your own. 

Whether you're after inspiration for a new kitchen or ways to update your current kitchen to create a country look, flick through our gallery for design ideas.   

The kitchens shown are (in order) from Wickes, Homebase, Betta Living, Wren Kitchens, Howdens Joinery, John Lewis, Benchmarx and Ikea

Our Best and worst kitchen brands can help you narrow down your choice – the top-scoring brand earned a customer score of 90%, while the bottom one scored only 61%. Three kitchen brands achieved Best Buy status.  

10 country kitchen designs

Country kitchen styles

Farmhouse kitchens

A farmhouse kitchen is essentially the same as a country kitchen, but they tend to be even more rustic. Think shabby chic furniture, artisan crafts and natural and worn materials, such as wood with the bark still on and distressed wire. 

They're often really practical too as they originate from working farmhouses where they needed to serve the family whilst they tended to the animals at all hours. Making your storage work hard and considering how you'll really use your kitchen will help you to achieve this. 

Visit our page on kitchen planning for more on tips on how to design the perfect kitchen for you and your lifestyle.

Wooden kitchens

From beech wood for a light look, to walnut for a darker feel, most country-style kitchens will include wooden surfaces and fittings. Solid wood kitchens are expensive to buy and maintain, but wood veneer or wood-effect laminate are more affordable options.

Our page on Kitchen cabinets, doors and worktops has more advice on the different materials available, and reveals which surfaces kitchen owners have rated better for standing the test of time.

Cottage kitchens

In it's essence, a cottage kitchen is a small, unassuming kitchen tucked into the tiny proportions of a typical chocolate-box home. Replicating this style is ideal if you have a small space anyway. 

One ideal way to do this is with freestanding kitchen furniture - this allows you to choose items that fit your space and mix and match for an eclectic look. These types of kitchens are often cheaper too as you can buy second-hand or upcycle what you have.

Visit our page on small kitchen ideas for more tips on designing or updating a bijoux space.

Shaker kitchens

Simple, unpretentious design and a focus on craftsmanship have ensured that Shaker-style kitchens have stood the test of time. 

They are characteristically country in style, with framed, real-wood cabinetry, natural materials and neutral or muted paint colours, but their unassuming style means they are just as suited to modern homes as traditional, old properties.

8 ways to create a country kitchen

1Get a country-style kitchen island and dresser

Islands and decorative dressers are a staple of the farmhouse kitchen, especially if they're wooden or painted. 

If you have the space, an island can be a great way to maximise practical storage and worksurfaces too, as they can house storage for appliances as well as creating an open space to prepare food. To avoid feeling crowded, they will need enough room for you to walk comfortably around all four sides. 

A dresser is the perfect way to display china and glassware, as well as inject some vintage charm. As well as buying new, you can easily pick one up second-hand or upcycle an old one you already own. 

See our kitchen ideas page for more on designing your kitchen and inexpensive ways to transform it. 

2Use patterned tiles

Tiles are a cheap way to bring country style into your kitchen, and can start from as little as 50p each. There are a huge range of finishes, colours and textures to choose from, so you're bound to find a style to suit you. 

In many country kitchens you'll see patterned tiles and classic designs, so opting for something along these lines is a great starting point. They can be pricier than simple tiles though, so consider stenciling them if that's more within your budget.

3Get the right flooring

Real stone tiles, like terracotta, travertine or slate, will give your kitchen a country feel, but they can be expensive, starting at around £15 per square metre. 

On the other hand, tile or stone-effect vinyl and laminate flooring can cost as little as £5 per square metre and improvements in their technology means that both have become much more realistic in recent years.

Wood flooring is also a great option for a country feel. Combine it with tiles to add more interest, or lay it in a herringbone pattern for a more up-to-date look. Our guide to Types of wood flooring gives you more details.

4Make the most of original features

If you live in an older property and are lucky enough to have any original features in your kitchen, such as beams or a fireplace, make the most of them by turning them into a focal point for your country kitchen scheme.

5Install wooden worktops

A wooden worktop is synonymous with a country kitchen. They can also be hardwearing too. But, as mentioned earlier, they are also expensive and involve a lot of upkeep, so a wood-effect laminate worktop could be a cheaper alternative, and new technology means they're getting more and more realistic.

If you're updating your kitchen, worktops are another great way to make your kitchen feel like it's in a farmhouse. Our page on New kitchen costs has more information on how much it costs to replace and repair tired, old worksurfaces.

6Buy a range cooker or mini range cooker

A range cooker is the ultimate country kitchen luxury. We've tested and reviewed more than 100 range cookers, assessing all the elements you can't weigh up yourself in the shop, such as how well they cook and how much energy they use. Our range cooker buying guides also help you pick the best one. 

If you haven't got the space or budget for a full range cooker, you could choose one of the increasing number of 60cm mini range cookers instead. These combine the good looks of a range cooker with a smaller footprint. We've tested and reviewed the latest models in our freestanding cooker reviews section.

7Think about fixtures and fittings

When creating a country look, don't forget fittings, such as door handles, knobs and taps. Simple, vintage-style fittings in brushed metallic finishes will look perfect. Fittings are also an inexpensive way to update your kitchen to replicate this style.

Depending on what you want, fittings such as door handles can cost as little as £2 for a pack of two. A large, Belfast sink is an iconic country kitchen feature, and likely to set you back at least £100, but you may find one cheaper second hand at scrap yards or antique shops. 

8Choose soft paint colours and floral fabrics

If you're looking to emulate the country look, painted units in neutral but warm, creamy tones is a great place to start. You could event opt for a splash of colour - forest greens, sunshine yellows, cornflower blues or strawberry reds.

For a muted, Shaker style, stick to pastel hues such as mint green, pale sky blue or soft pink. The same applies if your updating your kitchen - a lick of paint on doors and any freestanding furniture will be transformative.

Country kitchens also go hand-in-hand with floral prints and chintz china too, so fill your space with cushions, a café curtain (half height) and display crookery with pride.

Want to know the best and worst kitchen brands? Find out which brand was rated highest by its customers in our Best and worst kitchen brands.