Have you decided to use an old-fashioned country theme in your kitchen? Whether you are moving into a brand new home or you are making changes in your existing kitchen, here are some ideas for you to consider.
The Walls - Consider selecting very pale yellow, eggshell blue, off-white or sea foam green as your wall paint color. Selecting pale hues will mean that any other colors you choose for your decorations will work just fine. Add a stencil at the top of the walls for extra charm. Strawberries, farm houses, sunflowers or anything else associated with country life would be perfect. Another idea is to select wall paper with a tiny print on it. Little kittens and puppies, flowers or tiny children are some choices that would add an old-fashioned touch. A unique touch would be to hang a clothes line on one of your walls. Hang bloomers, aprons, and other old-fashioned children's clothes on it. Use traditional wooden clothes pins, of course.
The Furniture - Consider shopping at antique stores, yard sales or thrift shops for mismatched wooden furniture. If the furniture is slightly flawed, that just adds to the old look for which you are seeking. Don't forget a hutch. If there's room, look for things like an antique school desk or a sideboard on which you can display collectibles. A red wooden kitchen table would be great.
The Decor - It will be your own personal touches that will give the kitchen personality. Some ideas include:
- Place old family recipes in pretty frames.
- Get your family to dress up in old-fashioned clothing and add that to a collection of old family pictures.
- Look for collectibles like dainty spoons, cookie cutters, wooden spools, thimbles, and other sewing notions that can be placed in shadow boxes.
- Pottery crocks are a great addition, especially if you fill them with red apples, wooden spoons, and even balls of yarn.
- A whimsical cookie jar collection would be delightful. Besides using it for baked goods, it would be a great place to keep things that you want out of sight.
The Window Treatment - Wooden window blinds would be darling, especially if you add charming knobs for opening and closing them. If you prefer fabric, gingham or calico would both be good. Consider hanging embroidered dish towels as your window covering, tying them back with bright grosgrain ribbons.
Have a wonderful time decorating your old-fashioned kitchen. Contact a home interiors store for more ideas.