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How To Create A Country Kitchen

by Emily Flores

Are you building a new home, or are you redecorating your existing kitchen? Even if the rest of your house is decorated in a traditional or modern look, having a country kitchen adds a distinctive charm, providing a warm place for friends and family to gather. Achieving just the right look is easy when you follow these steps.

The Walls - You need to decide on what color of paint you want before you proceed with the rest of the decor. Choosing a very pale color, like butter yellow or egg shell blue, would be good choices because literally every other color will go with them. However, if you want something more dramatic, choose something like brick red, maybe even on just one wall. Stenciling a border of strawberries or barnyard animals would also add to the country feel. Another thought is to hand paint a simple clothesline with things like old-fashioned bloomers, aprons, and overalls hanging from it.

The Floor - Choose faux painting! Trained artisans can turn a concrete floor into something adorable. You can choose the old-world look of a pebble road, wooden planks, or even the appearance of tile with a country design in some of the squares. Concrete floors are not only easy to care for, but they get prettier as time goes by.

The Window Treatment - Curtains are pretty, but fabric needs a lot of attention because of oils, food spatters and just the smells that accumulate in a kitchen. Consider wooden blinds from providers like, Aero Shade Co. Inc., for your window treatments.

  • Wooden blinds are available in so many colors that it will be easy for you to match your cabinetry.
  • Wooden blinds provide just the amount of light blockage you desire, and you can open and close them very easily.
  • Wooden blinds are very affordable.
  • Wooden blinds are easy to care for. Periodically, simply dust them or vacuum them. From time to time, you may need to use a spray cleaner or plain old vinegar to make them like new.

The Decor - Hit garage sales, antique shops, thrift stores, and family attics, and you'll probably find some treasures that will enhance the country charm of your kitchen. Frame advertisements, recipes and other attractive pictures found in old magazines. Another darling look is to collect rag dolls and teddy bears to cluster with old cook books. If you're lucky enough to find old copper pots and pans, hang them on the wall, along with cookie molds and cookie cutters. Just let your imagination go wild! A touch of red is always pretty, too, even if it's simply a basket of red wooden apples in a bowl in the center of your kitchen table.

Enjoy your country kitchen!