The country kitchen is a look that has endured and remained popular for a long time. Its real strength is that it is a style that will adapt well to modern additions without losing its charm. It reminds us of the past but has not stayed stuck in time.
A staple of the country style is the painted wooden units. These can be any shade you like and obviously can be reprinted freshened up and reinvented at any time. A popular look is to combine two colours in the design. It is a good idea to go for neutral on your main drag of units and then try a more whimsical tone in a dresser or an island base. Choosing an off white as a basic means a classic burgundy or a modern shade of green such as Little Greene Artichoke would not look out of place in the same room. Or you may wish to contrast the painted look with a warm textured wooden set of drawers. Wood is again a sympathetic choice for such a kitchen, but you can look to use Ash or Maple these days to be a bit different.
This country look is easier to make homely since there will be space to display china and cooking utensils. Avoid being cluttered by having lots of units shelving and storage but do allow space for glass cabinets housing more individual pieces.
If you are able a pantry is a fabulous place to store messy food, tins, jars and those saucepans that just appear for large gatherings. An extra fridge out in the pantry can be a life saver. Looking at work surfaces again wood is a popular choice but a composite or granite does still work well with this flexible design.
The country kitchen of today borrows the romantic elements of the old school below stairs but its sleek carpentry and integration of modern appliances make it a good choice for those seeking charm and comfort.