When you talk about shabby chic kitchen design, one of the first things that come to mind is a country style. And this is where this design has its roots, right back in the days of the country. And even if this design is most commonly associated with that kind of atmosphere, it is not limited to this theme alone. There are a lot of other types of country decorating styles that you can use for your kitchen, and here are just a few ideas.
One idea that you can use in conjunction with country chic kitchen cabinets is weathered paint design. This design has a lot of character, as you can find many different shades of faded paint colors. And although the furniture pieces in your kitchen may be weathered, they still have a lot of life in them, so this gives your whole room a very warm, inviting look. If you do this, however, you must make sure that the color of your paint is compatible with everything else in your home’s decor.
You can use floral patterns for your country-chic kitchen cabinets. Floral patterns go well with country themes, since they tend to be small and simple. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have more intricate floral patterns – you can mix and match these with other kinds of decor. For example, if you want to create a very formal environment for your kitchen, you can use pale blue or black as the color of your paint. Meanwhile, if you want a more informal atmosphere, you can match your floral patterns with bright colors such as yellows, reds and oranges.
Another idea that you can use in conjunction with country chic kitchen cabinets is repurposed metal objects. Metal objects such as doors, pots and pans can be painted with the same country theme. However, you have to make sure that the metals are still in their original shape and condition. For instance, you can paint your metal pots and pans with bright, cheerful hues such as pinks and yellows; but you have to make sure that the metal objects are still properly round and not warped or distorted in any way. If you try to repurpose metal objects, you have to ensure that the colors will stay on the surface of the object and won’t rub off from the surface, since paint has a tendency to run when it comes in contact with a hard surface.
A great way to add a little bit of rustic to your kitchen is to apply some rust stain to your cabinets and kitchen countertop. This particular effect can be achieved by using an oil based stain that stains your cabinets or kitchen countertop in a gradual, non-damaging, layer. Staining your kitchen cabinets or countertop in this fashion will bring out the country’s true, earthy flavor and give your kitchen a cabin feel. It will also lend a rustic feeling to your accessories, such as ceramics and dishes, and to your country style home itself.
Another idea is to use decorative items and artifacts that belong to the country style to create a visual compliment to your kitchen. For instance, you can find various vases and dishes that are shaped like country apples, peaches, pears, melons, grapes and many others. These items will look wonderful placed beside wrought iron or other country based furniture, in your kitchen window or on your kitchen island. Placing one of these items down beside a vintage stove can bring out the look of old country cookware in your display cabinet. In addition, placing one of these items over a vintage stove can make it seem as though you have really pulled out all of the elements of your country style from your kitchen in order to create this one cohesive element.
If you are simply hoping to bring a hint of country style into your kitchen, without intending to totally change everything, then it may be best to choose a few key accessories and accents that can easily be blended into your existing country decor. For instance, one excellent idea for bringing some country style into your kitchen would be to install country style flooring such as redwood, cedar or pine, in your kitchen. Not only does this provide a warm and inviting feel to your kitchen, but it also gives your kitchen a welcoming appearance to visitors.
Country kitchens are extremely popular today, due in part to the current trend for American country style decorating. In addition to choosing some delightful country style kitchen cabinets, you may also want to add some accent accessories such as pictures of farm animals, sunflowers, country landscapes, farm equipment, and even a few cooking recipes stapled onto the back of your cabinets! There are endless ideas when it comes to decorating with country charm. Simply use your imagination and you’ll soon be creating the country feel you’ve always wanted in your kitchen.