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7 Country Kitchen Ideas That Embrace a Rustic Look

These cooking and prep spaces prove that even an old-fashioned aesthetic can look airy, fresh, and modern
An open country house kitchen with plenty of storage space.
Country kitchens are relaxed and inviting.Photo: Studio Ezra

Whether a Scandinavian, British, or traditional American design, a country kitchen is multifaceted and versatile, welcoming and durable. Here, small blemishes and some wear-and-tear are desirable. Flea market finds and cherished heirlooms come together to create a perfectly worn-in look. Perfection is unnecessary and comfort is valued above all else. Sound inviting? If you’re eager to nail the country kitchen aesthetic but need a little inspiration, look no further than these seven inspiring designs. Though they offer different takes on the style, you’ll notice one important common thread: each has an undeniable, utmost sense of coziness.

A Spanish kitchen built around light materials

Wood plays an important role throughout the house and can be found in the kitchen both in the cabinet doors and in the beams in the ceiling.

Photo: Alejandro Cayetano

Since there is only space for a small work area on the short side of the long room, the designer added a generous island.

Photo: Alejandro Cayetano

For her new house on the outskirts of Madrid, Beatriz Aznar wanted a peaceful and harmonious oasis where family life and her passion for art could play an equal role. The Spanish artist, who had been living in the United States, enlisted the help of her good friend and product and interior designer Marta Labrador to help remake the home, giving it an elegant and timeless Mediterranean style. In Beatriz’s house, she wanted to “say a lot with just a few elements” while breathing personality and a narrative into the spaces. In the kitchen, she achieved this primarily through the use of natural materials such as oak, white stone, glass, and rattan. The palette of light, warm tones is further accentuated by the abundance of daylight that floods the interior of the first floor through four balconies.

A romantic country kitchen

The deep ceramic sink, the paneled cabinet fronts, and brass fixtures are inspired by Shaker style.

deVOL Kitchens

The rather plain kitchen includes a sunny yellow island, which provides additional workspace allowing the whole family to help with cooking.

Photo: deVOL Kitchens

Floral, romantic, and a bit playful: that’s the vibe of this country kitchen near England’s southern coast. Designer Pearl Lowe, who creates fashion and home textiles under her eponymous label, wanted her summer home’s kitchen to exude warmth and coziness. The bright colors and natural materials such as marble and wood do this, but it’s the small accents—many of which were vintage finds—that define the personal hideaway.

Mediterranean style goes down under

The Studio Ezra team opened up the small kitchen to the living room and dining area while also creating plenty of storage space. The Provence chair has long been a favorite possession of the homeowners.

Photo: Studio Ezra

In an old building in Armadale, Australia, Studio Ezra created a cozy getaway. By using natural colors and materials such as marble, ceramics, and oak, designer Georgia Ezra effortlessly extended the Mediterranean flair of the building through Spanish Colonial style interiors. The slightly uneven wall tiles above the stovetop perfectly fit the eclectic concept and exude an “always been there” sentimentality.

A country kitchen with rounded corners

The wall units are subtly recessed and their fluted glass adds another material alongside the wood, marble, and glazed tiles.

Photo: Anson Smart. Styling: Claire Delmar

The edges of the kitchen cabinets are rounded, as are the handles in a burnished brass antique finish.

Photo: Anson Smart. Styling: Claire Delmar

The country house look is purposefully relaxed. In this kitchen, that idea is artfully expressed in the lack of sharp edges or loud colors. Instead, the spaces takes full advantage of curves, arches, and gradations, both physically and in terms of color. Linen curtains and the opening to the terrace perfectly complete the airy concept.

Nordic restraint meets vibrant colors

The design team deliberately dispensed with modern mechanisms for opening doors and drawers and focused entirely on timeless craftsmanship instead.

Photo: Stilleben Architects

The integrated bench is part of almost every Frame kitchen by Stilleben Architects. It provides additional storage space and also serves as a place for someone to sit and keep their host company while they are preparing a meal or washing up.

Photo: Stilleben Architects

Sometimes, you actually can go home again. The owner of this 1868 yellow brick villa grew up in the home with her parents, and later returned to it with her husband, two children, and mother. Today, as it was when she was a child, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Traditional craftsmanship is combined with a simple and timeless aesthetic, but thanks to an effective use of color, it doesn’t look austere. The wood used is not only sustainable, but also durable, so that the kitchen, just like the rest of the house, can eventually be passed on to the next generation.

A vintage design for a New York apartment

Many large drawers hide the couple’s cooking utensils of the couple. Even the voluminous built-in stoves are hidden in a niche that’s not visible from the living area.

Photo: Antony Crolla

No color was Rita Sodi’s rule, mostly. The palette of her kitchen is limited to a range of whites, except for the back of one cabinet painted in Rusty Nail from Plain English.

Photo: Antony Crolla

The owners of this apartment know a thing or two about kitchens—Rita Sodi and Jody Williams run several very successful restaurants in New York. In their private lives, the couple loves functionality, but they didn't want it in the form of the cool, steely atmosphere of industrial kitchens. Instead they wanted to combine vintage finds and heirlooms with lots of marble (Rita comes from Tuscany) and their professional equipment—a seamless match.

A green oasis in the urban jungle

The fan and task lighting are unobtrusively integrated into the shelving, adding to the kitchen’s minimalist aesthetic.

Photo: Hagan Hinshaw/Shapeless Studio

“Minimal, but warm.” That’s how a young Brooklyn family described the kitchen they wanted at the heart of their traditional brownstone duplex. Open shelving provides plenty of storage, various seating options invite family members and guests to linger, and light wood and powdery grays create a relaxed backdrop for lots of plants. It’s evidence that a kitchen can be for more than just cooking.