The main characteristics of a Country Style kitchen include:

– an informal and relaxed feeling,

– some visible wear and tear,

– a fireplace (if space allows),

– wood cabinets with natural stains, a ‘distressed’ treatment or painted in bright colors,

– absence of the elegance of the traditional style and the sleekness of the contemporary style,

– mismatched cabinets, freestanding antiques or other pieces of furniture,

– open shelving for dishes,

– wood or laminate floor covering as first choice; secondary choices ceramic tile or vinyl in earthy tones,

– layout that is open and inviting to come in and enjoy the center of family life,

– can be very rustic or very neat and cozy,

– slate or fieldstone might be used for floor and fireplace surround,

– can be given the flavor of Europe, an English cottage or an American farmhouse,

– unique and eclectic elements