Kitchen / June 10, 2018 / Richard Odilon.
How about changing the flooring, choosing hardwearing (and easy-to-clean) tiles for the kitchen, which flow elegantly into the lounge’s wooden floor? Alternatively, opt for the same flooring throughout, then add definition with different rugs. Other ways include varying the ceiling- and floor height between the different zones, or placing a furniture/décor piece like an open bookcase in-between the spaces.
Although it’s true that a lot of country kitchens opt for white as the main focus colour (it helps to make the room look more spacious), nobody is forcing you to do the same. By all means, bring in some brighter tones for added style and character, but don’t go overboard. Try and stay in the neutral realm (off-whites, creams, soft greys, etc.), and even add in a natural hue or two (like soft mint green) if you feel like it.
Try other ideas like barn-board planking, milled reclaimed wood, randomly placed slate tiles, brick, linoleum tile and cork for your country kitchen floor and see how these go with your choice of cabinetry, colours, furnishings, etc. Speaking of wooden floors, you might want to check out The “always and never” guide to hardwood floor maintenance.
Storage is still crucial, but remember that the country kitchen (unlike its modern- and contemporary counterparts) doesn’t hide the majority of elements away. A lot of pieces (from tea towels to crockery) are put on display in country kitchens, helping to ensure a lived-in look that is much homier.
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