What Will Traditional Country Kitchens Look Like in 2018?
If you’re not a fan of high-gloss contemporary kitchens, you’re not alone. Many homeowners prefer the cozy warmth and timeless character that only a traditional country kitchens can provide. Whether you go for the country farmhouse aesthetic or the modern rustic look, traditional kitchens are set to soar in popularity in 2018.
You don’t need to live in the country to love a country kitchen. Take a look at these four fresh trends for traditional kitchens in 2018 and transform your home into a space that has a cozy look, rustic style and homely feel for the entire family to enjoy, wherever you live.
1. Rethink your Approach to Color
White has been the most popular color for kitchens for some time. It brightens and enlarges the space, which is what we all want. However, if you want to add some pizzazz and personality to your country kitchen scheme, introducing some bright colors can work wonders.
Check out the upcoming color trends (https://www.livforinteriors.co.uk/blog/colours-to-covert-top-5-paint-trends-for-2018) for 2018, including Dulux Heart Wood, Farrow & Ball Studio Green and Pantone Ultra Violet. Playful pastels, bold colors and shades inspired by nature are all set to be favorites in the coming year.
Choose a painted kitchen or decorate the walls with paint, ceramic tiles or textured wallpaper, to bring the space alive. Why not create a focal point in your country kitchen with an AGA range cooker in a custom color or add a stand-out retro fridge in a gorgeous color (https://www.thekitchentimes.com/2016/12/gorgeous-retro-fridges/)? The effect will be a thoroughly modern twist on an old classic.
2. Patterns and Textures for Traditional Country Kitchens
Traditional country kitchens are about much more than cozy tartan blankets or cute gingham curtains. This year’s patterns include cheerful stripes and pretty florals, farm and woodland animal motifs and bright colors that will look wonderful in any farmhouse kitchen setting in the town or country.
From patterned tea towels, table cloths and oven gloves to brightly colored traditional cookware and crockery, whey not leave your favorite pieces out on display so they can play a starring role in your overall kitchen interiors theme?
For a rustic, timeless appeal, be inspired by Le Creuset’s iconic range of cast iron cookware, now available in a large range of beautiful colors.
3. Mix and Match with Heritage Details
A traditional kitchen shouldn’t look like a brand new room – it’s the lived-in vibe that gives it a timeless, classic appeal. Add some antique detail, perhaps with an heirloom dinner service, an antique candelabra, a pre-loved dining table or old Welsh dresser. Take inspiration from local antique shops and markets; they can be a real treasure trove for quirky one-off pieces and decorative objects that complete the look of your kitchen.
Avoid perfection and emulate a bit of that charming higgledy-piggledy farmhouse look by mixing and matching kitchen elements (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/563724078339714301/). Whether you go for non-matching dining chairs or different handles for your cabinets, it will give your kitchen a carefree, effortless appeal that adds to its country charm.
4. Open Shelving for Traditional Country Kitchens
Traditional kitchens are the exact opposite of sleek minimalism where everything is tidied away behind cupboard doors. In a farmhouse kitchen, all the items are on display and close to hand. From hand towels by the sink to everyday mugs on the shelf, it helps to give the space a homely feel.
Open shelving, pan racking (https://www.thespruce.com/best-pot-racks-4154799) and casual hooks for oven gloves, aprons etc are the obvious way to achieve this. But you can get the same effect by installing glass fronted door instead of solid wood cabinets as an attractive and accessible way to show off your favorite china, cookware and decorative objects.