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In South Africa, we are no stranger to country kitchens.

They have dominated kitchen designs for decades and for good reason.

Elegant curves, chunky finishes, and a careful mix of old and new make it appealing to a broad audience.

So where do you start?

Below we have a couple of tips and tricks to help you turn your kitchen from country shabby to country chic.

 

1. Add A Bold Colour

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There is a reason they say the kitchen is the “heart of the home”.

It is the one room where you can truly express yourself.

Where you can be bold, adventurous, and free.

So do exactly that.

Add a bold colour to make your kitchen stand out.

 

2. Add A Checkered Floor

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We said “be bold”, didn’t we?

Checkered floors go as far back as the 15th century Rome, where they were used by the elite to elude to their prowess and sophistication.

Although those days are long gone, checkered floors are still quite eccentric, a perfect fit for an elegant country style kitchen.

 

3. Add A Pegboard Backsplash

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Backsplashes are a great place to add a pattern or a colour.

A great idea is to use it to add functionality as well.

A pegboard backsplash does just that by creating a surface from which to hang things, from cups and cloths to pans and pots.

Form meet function.

 

4. Add A Concrete Basin

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We know it’s not the norm.

But that’s the point.

It is more traditional to put in a white basin so go the other way.

Stray from the crowd.

Concrete is a great alternative. It brings another feature piece into the room and diverts from the classic style of a country kitchen by adding a modern touch.

 

5. Add a wooden blind.

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Wooden blinds are a great feature in any kitchen but are especially at home in a country style one.

They add depth and warmth as well as another texture to grab the eye.

You can never go wrong with wood.

If you are feeling brave go for a contrasting colour so that they stand out and become a feature in your kitchen.

 

READ: OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WINDOW BLINDS

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