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Practical Materials for Country Kitchen Design

Posted by Daltile Team on Nov 9, 2016 10:30:00 AM

One Quartz in Spanish Moss on the counter with Jewel Tide Beach Pebbles on the backsplashOne Quartz™ Surfaces in Spanish Moss on the counter with Jewel Tide in Beach Pebble on the backsplash


A country kitchen creates a warm, inviting, and relaxed design visual. The rugged setting should denote years of wear without actually being worn out. Make sure you don't overthink the process. Instead, go with what inspires you, and opt for practical, casual, country-style materials for the kitchen flooring, countertops, backsplash, and even a fireplace. Here are some inspirational tips and ideas.

Opt for Rugged, Casual Flooring

Imagine a country setting with a kitchen floor that looks beautifully timeworn, like it's seen decades of boots and paws, but it's actually new. With new, innovative technology, you can get the authentic look of wood plus the long-lasting qualities of porcelain. For example, flooring styles, such as the Farmhouse and Gravel Road options from the Saddle Brook glazed porcelain collection, ensure that your kitchen space gives off an authentic, appealing-to-the-eye country vibe.

Consider Practical, Durable Country-Chic Countertops

Choosing a countertop for your country kitchen may be as easy as choosing a quartz or granite slab you love. If you're after a somewhat modern or country-chic look, contemplate going with the medium and dark brown tones found in the One Quartz Surfaces line. This finely speckled material offers consistent—almost solid—color, which creates a streamlined effect. A deep neutral-colored countertop over vintage-looking white or black cabinets sets a country scene without seeming overly contemporary.

For a traditional country design, pair wood cupboards with a brown, sand, or gold granite countertop. As with quartz, a warm shade of granite looks great, but when going for a traditional design, opt for a pale neutral countertop. Light brown or tan granite gives off a comfortable, classic vibe and speaks to traditional buttery yellow walls, scraped-wood shelving, and retro green accessories.

Go with a Simple Backsplash and Decorative Medallions

The typical country kitchen design sees plenty of action, whether you're into seasonal harvesting and canning or making bread or soup regularly. This makes an easy-to-clean backsplash as important as a durable countertop. Depending on how much of an impact you want to make on your design, consider going with a white subway tile or mosaic tile backsplash. If you opt for a mosaic pattern, consider going with one that has bits of natural stone or a pebbled effect. You can call more attention to your backsplash by adding a gloriously understated medallion or rugged wall tile in a cast metal or metal-inspired medium.

Decorate Your Fireplace

Chances are that you won't find a more appropriate feature to warm your country kitchen—and your soul—than a rustic-looking fireplace or wood stove. Jazz up your fireplace surround or stove backdrop to match your tile backsplash for design consistency. Complete the look by keeping a large cast-iron kettle on the wood stove for hot drinks, or you could scour your local flea market for a vintage mirror and autumn-colored stoneware to top your fireplace mantle.

As long as your finishes and decor are neutral, and match the rest of your farmhouse design, they'll see you through season after season of food preparation, hearty meals, and family time. If you're feeling inspired, visit your nearest Daltile retail dealer to check out your tile options.

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