Country kitchen is a term we really came to dislike over the course of the 90's and early 2000's. But today's country kitchen isn't duck-print wallpaper border, dusty blues and pinks, and ruffled curtains.It's an escape to natural materials, simple furnishings, and functional objects. Take this kitchen above, for instance. The cabinetry and hood are of a soft, mottled finish. The walls are a creamy yellow - not bright white. Wide-plank wood floors and a chunky (and contemporary - think the Bigfoot from E15) dining table are warm, warm, warm. Beautiful copper cookware is some of the only "decor" in the room and it serves a purpose beyond the aesthetic. There's no need to add farm animals or fussy fabrics: this is a "country kitchen" where function is front and center.
We can't imagine this form of country kitchen ever going out of style (unlike the version from 10 or 20 years ago). Is that just because this kitchen, too, is of the moment and will one day appear dated? Or is the stripped-down country kitchen a truly timeless find?
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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