Today’s chefs are able to create culinary masterpieces that would not be possible without the new technologies, equipment, and other modern conveniences that have been developed over the last few decades. Electric stovetops, convection ovens, and refrigerators are just a few of the conveniences that the common kitchen cannot do without. Even the countertop microwave – a revolutionary piece of technology that we have come to depend on for our speedy cooking needs – has only become popular in the last three decades alone. In recent years, however, the country kitchen style has become even more popular with home designers as the look has come to signify comfort, relaxation, and family tradition. Transforming a thoroughly modern kitchen to this popular style is possible, and it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice all of the expensive appliances that your kitchen already has.
Design, Appliances, and Aesthetics: Balancing Style and Form with Function
If you are designing a new kitchen and have the opportunity to select the large appliances that will be in your kitchen, be wary of the pressure to omit an important appliance from your list to stay “on trend.” For example, many families who design their own traditional kitchen forgo the dishwasher to keep in line with the country aesthetic, only later to regret the decision. Today’s kitchen is not complete without a sink, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a stove, and an oven – all pieces that can be purchased with the country kitchen style in mind. A gas stove gives off more of the country kitchen vibe than the electric models, and refrigerators and dishwashers with wood front paneling camouflage far more effectively into the traditional kitchen style.
“Surface Tension” – Concealing Large Metal Appliances, or Embracing the Contrast?
If you are interested in achieving the country kitchen style in your current kitchen, it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, no matter what style you have in place already. Decorations accessories can make the tension between large metal appliances and your country kitchen appeal disappear. Select a country style that works best for you and your personal aesthetics: some homemakers prefer the bold patterns and patriotic feel of Americana design, whereas others prefer the more thrifty-yet-sophisticated feel of French country brocante style. Linen window treatments and faux-wood laminate cabinet coverings are simple and relatively inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a new country look and feel, and those with a do-it-yourself attitude will be happy to know that it is easy to install these items by hand. Putting a small herb garden on your window sill is the perfect final touch for your new country kitchen.
Hidden Gems: How to Conceal Important Appliances to Maintain Your Country Style
When your aim is to maintain a traditional country style within your kitchen, an abundance of modern appliances stacked up in piles on your counter can definitely detract from the more authentic country ambience. Keeping the counters clear of extra electronic appliances is aesthetically more pleasing, and it leads to far less kitchen clutter and mess. On one hand, a wonderful trick for preserving your country kitchen style is investing in smaller-than-standard multipurpose appliances – such as a high-quality food processor, a miniature microwave, or a space-saving stand mixer. Since these smaller sizes are easy to clean and move, you can keep them hidden from sight by storing them within your cabinet system. On the other hand, many products such as electric can openers are available in analog versions that work just as effectively. Though a product might be cleverly designed, try to avoid purchasing unnecessary electronic appliances: not only will you save money, but you will reduce your energy cost by completing these tasks by hand.
Installation and Maintenance of Your Country Kitchen
No matter how deeply you want to commit to the simple aesthetic of the country kitchen style, remember: should your taste change and you want to upgrade your kitchen once again, it is important to have all the necessary mod cons – and the plumbing and electrical wiring that goes along with them – already in place. For more information about how to set up your large appliances and plumbing system in the country kitchen of your dreams, contact the specialists at Fischer Plumbing, whose expertise will be able to help you make smart decisions about the design and function of your cooking space.
This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, a freelance writer who shares her thoughts on various blogs.