Today's swan-neck faucets may recall a bygone era, but there's no doubt they have more cool features than your grandmother's did! The "Annabelle" high-arc faucet from Moen features a pull-down design, burnished bronze finish, and a coordinating soap dispenser.
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Whitewashed surfaces, warm wood tones, and walls coated in soft pastel hues like pale straw and sage green are common in country kitchens. Here these two popular paint colors—specifically Benjamin Moore's Moonlight (2020-60) and Lapland (AF-410)—are combined in a single eye-catching scheme.
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Whether used at the windows, on the table, or elsewhere in the room, cheerful fabric patterns are a must in country kitchens. Delicate plaids and checks are classic choices as are small-scale botanical prints. This pretty gingham swag from Country Curtains is available in ten color variations.
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Beloved for the practicality of their deep, wide basins, apron-front sinks have made a comeback in contemporary kitchens. Although these sinks are still available in their most iconic style, pure white porcelain, you might choose one of several updates, including embossed patterns on the front or sleek, stainless steel.
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Homeowners who love the look of a country kitchen often have collections they love to display, whether it's glassware, ceramics, or salt-and-pepper shakers. What better place to show them off than behind glass-front cabinet doors? Some homeowners choose glass-front designs for all upper cabinets, while others install one for dinnerware and opt for solid doors for pantry items.
One of the most welcoming sights in a country kitchen is a long, wooden farm table that beckons guests to share a meal. This design from West Elm has matching benches that slide underneath when not in use, a sensible option especially in small spaces.
Beadboard is a remarkably versatile element in country kitchens. It might be used as wainscoting on the walls, to cover the lower part of a work island, or to line the inside of open shelves or glass-front cabinets. Although it is most often painted white, beadboard also looks wonderful when coated in a pale hue like green, yellow, or blue.
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Spindle-back chairs exude true country spirit when placed around a kitchen table. You might choose a classic icon like this Windsor design from Windsor Chairmakers, in Lincolnville, Maine, a ladderback style with woven cane seats, or a selection of mismatched flea market finds, united with a single color of paint.
What home wouldn't benefit from the added workspace and storage of a kitchen island Crate & Barrel's Belmont Mint Kitchen Island has a drop-leaf butcher-block top, vintage style hardware, and a pale green finish that is so evocative of country style.
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Replacing existing hardware with new pieces inspired by vintage designs is an easy and inexpensive way to bring country charm to your kitchen. Consider half moon drawer pulls—available in various finishes like nickel and bronze—or cabinet knobs in porcelain, clear or colored glass, or even Jadeite green.
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Hanging lights are practical in any kitchen, and especially well suited to country interiors because of their vintage appeal. Designs range widely from metal shades in many finishes to glass shades in milky white and various colors. Recessed lighting elsewhere in the room adds illumination while allowing the pendant lights full focus.
Whether rectangular subway tile or simple squares, white tiles in a country kitchen look clean and crisp. To enliven the arrangement, play with placement or consider smaller accent tiles in a hue that coordinates with fabrics or paint colors used throughout the room.
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For more on kitchen design and planning, consider:
Small Kitchen, Big Style: 11 Inspiring Rooms That Defy Their Style
New and Notable: 10 "Must Haves" for the Luxury Kitchen
7 "Delicious" Renovation Tips from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
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