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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gives you more details.
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.
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 has more information on how much it costs to replace and repair tired, old worksurfaces.
A range cooker is the ultimate country kitchen luxury. We've tested and reviewed , 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 section.
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.
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.