Cheery, Welcoming, With Many Variations

A Country Kitchen with Beadboard Style Doors and Cream-Colored-Cabinets

Designed by Euro Design Build Remodel, Richardson, Texas.

Simple cream-colored cabinets with beadboard-style doors are used in most of this kitchen, but the dark woodwork on the island is rich and ornate.

Country kitchens are cheery and welcoming, with light and/or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets, woven baskets, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding.

Expect to see:

  • Floral, checked, striped, gingham and plaid patterns

  • Window and wall treatments in fabrics such as chintz and calico

  • Beadboard wainscoting and paneling

  • Painted, glazed and distressed cabinet finishes

  • Chicken wire or metal cabinet inserts

  • Handmade, hand-forged, homespun look

  • Antiques and flea-market finds

French Country:
Framed cabinets in either raised or recessed panels outfit a room with French country flair. Cherry and oak cabinetry-glazed, distressed or pickled for an authentic finish-reign supreme, though pastel painted cabinetry is also a wise choice. Decorative shelving, the use of beadboard, a butler's wall or pantry and plate racks will add to the genuine French Country feel.

English Country: Slightly more proper than French country, English country style relies on a square cabinet design accented by curves. To maintain a handcrafted look, light or natural cabinets in pine or oak are prevalent. A sizable wooden mantle range hood, wood cutouts in valances, and intricate crown and rope molding add authenticity.

Farmhouse: The words "wood" and "heirloom" should guide your decorative decisions when creating a farmhouse kitchen. Stained wood, both light and dark, fit in well, though excessive glazing and finishing can create a look that's a little too complicated.

Cottage: Consider driftwood-like finishes for a seaside cottage feel. If you're leaning more toward a lake look, a slightly darker (but still natural and wooden) cabinet is your best bet.

Other Country Styles: Tuscan Country, Swedish Country, Garden

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