16 traditional country kitchen ideas

Take a look at these country kitchens in beautiful homes, from a medieval manor house to quaint Victorian cottages, and get some inspiration for your own kitchen

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A country kitchen is on the wish list for many people that live in a period house. The idea of a cosy kitchen in an old home, warmed by the heat of a range cooker and filled with characterful features such as original floor tiles and rustic ceiling beams, is comforting and enchanting. Country kitchens are so popular that many homeowners take elements of the style and put them into their urban homes.

Take a look at these country kitchens in beautiful homes, from a medieval manor house and timber-framed barns, to quaint Victorian cottages, and get some inspiration for your own space.

1. Embrace original features

This country kitchen in a 17th-century farmer's cottage still boasts the cottage’s original stone floor tiles and blackened wooden beams. A practical modern range sits where the original stove would have been, and clever storage and design makes the most of the small space.

A modern kitchen unit makes a period kitchen more practical

2. Make the most of a small country cottage kitchen

This small kitchen has cleverly used a old butcher’s block as its centrepiece and kitchen island, and it also serves to divide the cooking and dining areas of the room. The decorative scheme is a pretty combination of neutrals and ditsy floral patterns.

country kitchen in a listed cottage

Make the most of a small cottage kitchen by using a butcher's block as a divider

3. Give a Victorian cottage kitchen a modern twist

This Victorian kitchen in a cottage combines country styling with contemporary twists. Modern appliances add practicality for the households cooks, while the wooden worktops and butler’s sink create a country atmosphere.

country cottage kitchen

Pretty accessories give this Victorian kitchen a lived-in look

4. Create a convivial dining atmosphere 

The rustic dining table and chairs in this converted barn kitchen add a sense of country to the space. The terracotta tiled flooring is textural and warming, and the kitchen units are a traditional, simple style.

18th century barn country cottage

In this 18th-century barn conversion, a simple dining set has been added to create a sociable kitchen diner space

5. A shaker style kitchen works in an Edwardian house

The cute, Shaker kitchen in this Edwardian home is quaint and idyllic. Traditional gingham fabric conceals the pots and pans stacked in the cupboards, and the Belfast sink is characteristic of a country scheme.

Edwardian house with a country kitchen

This eclectic renovated Edwardian home features a shaker kitchen

6. Make use of long kitchens with fitted cabinets

The country kitchen in this restored cob longhouse makes the best use of the long, thin space. The soft blue colour scheme creates a complementary contrast with the warmth of the original floor tiles and carpentry.

This cob loghouse has fitted kitchen furniture that makes the most of available wall space

7. Create a rustic feel with tiled flooring

With the original pantry leading off it, this country kitchen is filled with charming features, from the ceiling beams to the terracotta floor tiles. The range will warm the space year round, while the modern oven and hob adds practical convenience for the cook.

cottage country kitchen

This country home was created from two farm cottages and given plenty of character with terracotta floor tiles

8. Combine period features with a grey colour scheme

Painted in a stylish grey and with a combination of granite and wooden worktops, this country farmhouse kitchen is given a contemporary edge. A convenient crockery drying rack hangs above the double butler’s sink, and cupboard free walls create a sense of more space.

This 17th century country farmhouse kitchen is given a new lease of life with a modern grey colour scheme

9. Mix fitted and freestanding furniture

With its eclectic mix of fitted and freestanding furniture, this kitchen has a timeless feel, yet was newly created as part of the renovation of the Georgian farmhouse. The old Welsh dresser was sourced at an antiques shop, and the pine table and cupboards were made bespoke.

Georgian farmhouse country kitchen

This Georgian family farmhouse kitchen has been transformed into a multi-purpose space with a substantial dining table and full larder

10. Freshen up a period kitchen with painted cabinets

The long and narrow west-facing kitchen in this moated manor house was a tricky space to design, but bespoke painted cabinets in a cool duck-egg shade, rustic furniture and navy Aga, provide a warming country feel.

This gorgeous medieval moated manor house kitchen has been made to look lighter and brighter with bespoke painted cabinets

11. Let the cooker take centre stage

This quaint country kitchen is classic and traditional, with its built-in cream range cooker and soft blue colour scheme. The rustic wooden ceiling beams, worktops and dining table add texture to the room.

This cottage kitchen in the Peak District takes pride in its traditional cream cooker

12. Go all-white (or off-white) to maximise light

The cream colour scheme in this country style kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for the owners’ eclectic decorative displays, while their pet dachshunds love to settle down in front of the warm traditional Aga.

This listed Georgian farmhouse kitchen has been optically enhanced with an all-over cream colour scheme

13. Go eclectic for a relaxed country kitchen look

A combination of freestanding and fitted furniture makes up the flexible space in this country kitchen. The red range creates a focal point in the centre of the room, and the low beams add rustic charm.

This thatched cottage, renovated into a holiday home achieves a relaxed ambience with a mixture of fitted and freestanding furniture

14. Keep to a neutral scheme for a timeless look

The neutral scheme in this farmhouse kitchen adds to the airy feel of the bright room. The space is filled with light from the wide window, which is reflected around the room by the white units.

country kitchen in a farmhouse

This country farmhouse kitchen uses a range of cream shades to a stunning effect

15. Achieve Cotswold elegance with muted colours

This country kitchen is filled with classic touches, from the brass taps and butler’s sink salvaged during the renovation of the house, to zinc bucket turned flowerpot on the worktop. Bespoke units are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Lichen, which complements the stone floor tiles.

Cotswold stone cottage country kitchen

This Cotswold stone country house kitchen looks chic thanks to its painted cabinets

16. Add modern touches to kitchen conversions

A touch of modern style is added to this country kitchen with the addition of the geometric rug, which contrasts beautifully with the terracotta floor tiles and dark red Aga. The kitchen units were found at a reclamation yard and repainted.

This 16th-century barn and dairy kitchen conversion benefits from modern accessories

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