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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.