Sophisticated Country Kitchen Design

Interior designer Elizabeth Metcalfe offers advice for creating a sophisticated country kitchen design with texture, color and pattern:

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Extending the backsplash to the ceiling adds drama and creates
the illusion of extra space. The glass-fronted cabinetry not only lightens the kitchen visually, but its color also echoes the ceiling and upholstered island stools. Caesar stone countertops around the sink and range increase practicality. (Photo: Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography)

• Control the contrast between light and dark elements. “While contrast can definitely make a room appear smaller, it does add to a feeling of warmth and permanence,” Elizabeth points out. “Use an 80/20 mix. In this kitchen, 80 percent of the cabinetry is light, while the darkly stained elements are 20 percent.”

• Vary the size of your surface materials. In this kitchen design, the Calcutta marble backsplash consists of a mix of small brick, traditional 3 x 6-inch subway, and a no-joint micro-mosaic.

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In the sitting area, the dark gray walls accentuate the three-piece crown molding that lines the kitchen’s entire perimeter. The elegant marble plays against the graphic linen drapery for a dramatic effect. (Photo: Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography)

• Layer lighting for a nuanced mood. Here, Elizabeth used recessed ceiling pot lights, pendants over the island, a ceiling fixture in the television area and sconces flanking the hood over the range.


The Calcutta marble backsplash references the island countertop. Not adding upper cabinets to the range wall keeps the kitchen visually clear and uncluttered. Organic elements like fruit add color that doesn’t compete for attention. (Photo: Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography)

• Create a focal point on each wall. As the only visible appliance, the metal range and its decorative, furniture-like hood stand out, complementing the island they face.

• Pair horizontal and vertical lines throughout the kitchen design. The drapes “create a long vertical line to balance the island’s strong horizontal line,” Elizabeth says.


These linked metal vases demonstrate the rule of opposites: “Think about open and closed, soft and hard, horizontal and vertical, smooth and rough, linear and curved,” Elizabeth says. (Photo: Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography)

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Written by Elaine K. Phillips

Photographed by Mike Chajecki of Still Moments Photography



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