Country Kitchen Islands

Give a nod to down-home living with these ideas for country kitchen island designs.

A country kitchen island offers a touch of down-home simplicity to your cooking space.

Country kitchen island styles offer a mix of simplicity accented by down-home touches. Simple white tile countertops paired with lightly-painted wooden cabinetry or a freestanding kitchen island with wrought iron details will all fit well within the country kitchen design.

Pre-made country kitchen islands are often finished with flat-board paneling, giving it a barn-inspired look. These simple designs can then be paired with bursts of barn red or country-blue with the addition of small accents, like dishes or countertop containers. Fill open shelf areas with wicker or wooden baskets for stylish storage.

If you are thinking of going the do-it-yourself route, then it's fun to play with various paints and textures to achieve your desired style. Give painted cabinetry a distressed, rustic look with special tools, and pair it with a countertop made from light-colored wood, like maple. You might also consider placing brightly colored stools at a simple repurposed wooden table to give the surface a punch of country-style color.

Of course, a small kitchen can also benefit from the addition of a kitchen island. If you are seeking a country-style design, then a freestanding butcher's block placed simply in the middle of the room will work well as an addition food preparation area.

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