5 Things We Can Learn from This Contemporary Country Kitchen

5 Things We Can Learn from This Contemporary Country Kitchen

(Image credit: Jenna Burger Design)

We share a lot of modern and contemporary-styled kitchens here on The Kitchn, but we don't want to give more traditionally styled kitchens, like this one, short shrift either.

We love the bright simplicity of this country-style kitchen, and no matter where your interior design preferences land, you can learn a thing or two from this beautiful space.

1. Think outside the grid.

Whether you love or hate subway tile, we can all appreciate fresh ideas in this classic material. That's why we love this backsplash that turns the traditional tile on the diagonal; a chevron pattern is more interesting than straight lines.

2. Don't stop at two cabinet colors.

While you might not have registered it on first glance, there are three different hues on the cabinets in this kitchen. It follows the trend of having darker base cabinets and lighter (usually white) wall cabinets, but it adds in a colorful island counter. We love this detail because it really plays up the blue accent color.

(Image credit: Jenna Burger Design)

3. Find new places to display your dishes.

There are two reasons we love this simple plate display. First, it makes use of an otherwise forgotten space, without adding too much extra depth to the counter. And second, it continues the blue-and-white theme of the kitchen in an unexpected way.

(Image credit: Jenna Burger Design)

4. Go bold with patterns.

Have we hammered home the fact that this is a blue-and-white kitchen enough yet? Well, allow us to mention it just one more time. The textiles — upholstery, curtains, rug, etc. — are similar in that they are all in the same blue family, but their patterns are wildly different. Mixing Greek key and ikat might seem risky, but when done in big blocks and different pieces, it totally works.

(Image credit: Jenna Burger Design)

5. Use all the storage space you have available.

Oh, we love these storage cabinets! Is there any better use of that previously unusable space around major appliances? If you have the space in your kitchen, adding narrow pantry shelves can be a lifesaver. The best part about these is that you can access them from both sides. No more burying items at the back of the cabinet.

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