What makes a kitchen cabinet “country”?

Solid country kitchen cabinet design never goes out of style. Equal parts form, functionality and charm, the country cabinet is the one that stands the test of time, and generations. But, how do you know that the cabinets you love are indeed “country style”?

1. Country kitchen cabinet design is all wood.
Although laminate has come a long way and there is a myriad of other materials on the market wonderful for crafting kitchen cabinets, nothing replaces the centrality of wood in the country kitchen. Any wood of course could do, but in the country kitchen, stick to classics like pine, maple, cherry and hickory in classic profiles like shaker, bead board and inset. For a country kitchen with a premium theme, the humble simplicity of a shaker style cabinet is given a sense of luxurious depth when done in cherry wood. A more laid back atmosphere pops with bead board cabinets painted white or in a bright colour like apple green or robin’s egg blue.

The country kitchen cabinet’s charm comes from the amalgamation of a variety of complimenting styles. ©donalmurphyphoto.com

The country kitchen cabinet’s charm comes from the amalgamation of a variety of complimenting styles. ©donalmurphyphoto.com

2. Country kitchen cabinet design isn’t perfectly integrated.
Like the cabinet set-up in the rustic, old-world, or eclectic kitchen, the country kitchen doesn’t require seamlessness to be attractive, or effective. Indeed, the charm of the country kitchen cabinet comes from the amalgamation of a variety of styles that compliment each other. Nothing conveys more homeliness in a kitchen than a lower level of cabinets with scrolled detailing and a glass fronted set at eye-level. For added charm, a hutch made in a similar style, but with another wood, is a lovely addition.

3. Country kitchen cabinets are always better when they’re a little weathered.
Classic country kitchen cabinet designs are built to stand the test of time. And, if they last for generations, they should look like it! A well-used, or gently distressed cabinet door is certainly nothing to worry about. It simply shows that the kitchen has been loved. However, if your country kitchen cabinets are looking more worn out than distressed, a simple glaze may be all it takes to give them another lease on life. Maple is enhanced with a butterscotch glaze, hickory wood with chocolate.

Craftsman details form part and parcel of the country kitchen cabinet. ©nakedkitchens.com

Craftsman details form part and parcel of the country kitchen cabinet. ©nakedkitchens.com

4. Country kitchen cabinets feature craftsman details.
Scrolled corners, inset designs, tongue and groove construction: these are all features that are a challenging to find in the cabinets on offer at your average home store. For the real country kitchen look, today, cabinets should be made by a professional. Not only do professional cabinet makers have the skills to make your country kitchen cabinet design dreams come true, but they can advise on a variety of practical items like what the maximum size of cabinet should be based on wood type.

So, are you enjoying the country life?