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