Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Kitchen decorating ideas depend on the amount of space you have available and your budget. If you want a country design for your kitchen, here are some ideas to get you started.

Kitchen Cabinets

Knotty pine is the best choice for an overall country appearance. The knots provide a rustic appearance that sets the mood for the entire kitchen. If you install your own cabinet doors, you’ll want to use a light finish that doesn’t diminish or take away from the look of the knots. Avoid using hinges that are steel, brass, gold or another color that will clash with the design because they look too modern. A solid black or even rust color works well with knotted pine cabinets to maintain the effect.

Kitchen Curtains

Two good choices for country kitchen curtains are lace and large checkered squares. If you go with checkered squares, look for a red and white or a green and white pattern for the design. If you go with lace, most any design will work. The point is to not choose a color that’s too dark. You want them to allow enough sunlight through for a softening effect.

Kitchen Furniture

You can find a kitchen table and chairs at a yard sale, an antique store or from a regular furniture store. If you’re handy enough, you can build them yourself. You’ll want to use a knotted pine wood table and chairs with a light finish. The chairs can be ladder backed or straight, and you might want to go with a woven seat design for a bit more comfort. A table made with wide planks is a nice touch. You could also add a table cloth that matches the scheme of your curtains.

Custom Stove

If your budget allows, a custom stove can be a great addition to a country kitchen design. A country wood-burning kitchen stove that’s converted to gas or electric can help maintain the effect of a rustic design.

Wooden Pegs

Install wooden pegs to hang pots and pans from. Match the color and finish of the pegs with the overall design of your kitchen space. If guests enter through your kitchen, wooden pegs near the door are a nice touch to hang their coats from.

Open Food Storage Racks

Hang open faced wooden racks from the wall. Store spices or jars of jam and jelly on these for an open appearance.

Other Accessories

The main theme for a country kitchen is exposed wood and openness. Match as many of your kitchen accessories to this as possible. Wooden knife racks, a wooden cutting board, wooden bowls and utensils can all add to your design. You can also search through antique stores for pots and pans in good condition that will enhance the look of your kitchen. Store as many modern appliances as possible out of sight.

The nice thing about putting together a country kitchen is that it doesn’t all have to be done at once. Use patience and shop around at flea markets, yard sales and antique shops to find the right pieces for your kitchen decorating ideas.

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