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Charmingly mismatched elements held together by a vintage theme give this kitchen a look that appears to have evolved over time. Colors were chosen with historical authenticity in mind, as were fabrics and surfaces. The original wood flooring was restored, and the copper range hood was given the worn patina of an old penny.
While there's plenty to admire in this charming kitchen, the way the backs of the kitchen cabinets in this kitchen were replaced with glass panels might be the brightest idea of all. The use of windows on the sidewall behind the sink is a close second. Together, they add up to a sunny room that showcases country decor and allows light to penetrate even the deepest corners.
Kitchen islands with granite countertops, such as this oversize one, are perfect for avid bakers who want to roll out breads and pastries. The furniture-style treatment of the island offers seating, so family members can join the cook in the kitchen without getting in the way. Large windows let in natural light.
A blend of Shaker and farmhouse traditions, this Vermont kitchen features a beaded-board ceiling and furniture-style cabinetry painted white. The corner cabinet with glass doors showcases Vermont-made pottery. Underfoot, tumbled-marble tiles have staggered joints, echoing the look of random-laid stone.
At its best, country style brings warmth and personality to whatever it touches. This kitchen shows how material choices achieve the effect. Period-inspired features include a beaded-board ceiling and cabinets, a porcelain farm sink with a pheasant-art apron, an embossed tin-look backsplash, and reproduction hardware.
Details can elevate a good design to great. If you like this design, try using ornate corbels under countertops to make kitchen islands stand out. Or upgrade your kitchen cabinets by adding decorative feet. Small-pane glass doors in this kitchen's upper cabinets give the small space a lot of character and charm.
Smart planning divides this large kitchen into functional and convenient work zones. Add a sink to a kitchen island, such as this one, to create extra ample work space and cleanup space. Now cooks can prepare dishes simultaneously without crowding each other. The plate racks are a great way to store everyday dishes, but be sure to measure your plates before you order racks.
In this kitchen, a bank of tall windows showcases extensive outdoor views and provides abundant natural light. Beaded board, a mix of open shelves and cupboards with grilles, and a combination of countertop materials add texture, while blocks of eye-popping color give the space visual punch. The result is ample excitement packed into a small kitchen.
Even small windows can infuse a kitchen with excitement if they're placed properly, such as this pair set at eye level above a farmhouse sink. The in-swinging windows, which require clearance in front and to the side, are meant to evoke a country-home style, as are the kitchen cabinets with their evolved, unfitted look. The white backsplash tile, enhanced by a raised design, adds subtle texture to the kitchen.
Keeping kitchen items in plain sight gives the space a warm and personal feeling, and the mix of colors and surfaces provides decorative interest. The wood island anchors the look.
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