Kitchen design in a private house

Kitchen in a private house

A kitchen in a private house can be large or small, detached, combined or communicating, often it has an irregular shape and features such as ceiling beams, mansard roof, boiler, exit to the terrace ... There are a lot of conditions that need to be taken into account . In this material we have collected 12 general tips that will help you plan the interior from scratch or transform the existing situation, and also presented a selection of 60 inspiring photos.

12 tips on arranging a kitchen in a country house

Tip 1. Choose the style of the interior of the kitchen in accordance with the style of the facade of the house and terrain features

As a rule, the style of the interior of the kitchen of a country house (and other rooms) is formed on the basis of the tastes of its inhabitants, as well as taking into account the style of the facade of the house itself. Sometimes the choice is influenced by the peculiarities of the area where the house stands. Let's say its history or proximity to the river / sea. It's so great when the interior, exterior and surroundings of the house are a natural continuation of each other. Here are some tips to help you decide:

  • In classical mansions and cottages, lined with brick or stone, classical interiors in the style are appropriate: Empire style, eclecticism, chinoiserie, Art DecoFrench or English style, as well as a more democratic American style.
  • Classic kitchen in a townhouse
    Interior of classic cuisine in a townhouse in Pavlovo, Leningrad Region
  • Details of the interior of the kitchen in the estate in the Russian style
  • Modern kitchen in a private house
    An example of modern design in a private house
  • In siding houses, the Scandinavian and “village” interiors are most appropriate, as well as the simplified classical style (American) and industrial.
  • Kitchen in a private house in country style

Beach dining room

  • If your house is located near the ski resort or you are mostly in the countryside in winter, then look at the chalet style.

Chalet style kitchen

Chalet style kitchen

Tip 2. To make the kitchen comfortable, when planning, follow the rule of the "working triangle"

According to this rule, three strategic areas - sink, stove and refrigerator - should be located next to each other, forming a triangle.

  • The distance from the stove to the sink should be not less than 60 cm and not more than 180 cm. In this gap it is good to place a product preparation area. The distance from the sink to the refrigerator can range from 45 cm to 2 m. In this gap is placed the “unloading and loading area”, as well as the auxiliary kitchen appliances, say, coffee machine, electric kettle, toaster, etc.

Tip 3. The most convenient kitchen layout - U-shaped, the most versatile - L-shaped

From the point of view of the “working triangle”, the most successful layouts are:

  • U-shaped - when the furniture and work points are arranged U-shaped, it turns out to cook standing almost in one place, making only turns by the body. However, for such a layout, the width of the room should be no more than 3.2 m, and better - no more than 2.4 m, otherwise the distance between the sides of the headset will become too large.
  • U-shaped layout in the kitchen in a private house
    A walk-through kitchen in a private house with a U-shaped suite

See also the material: How to equip the U-shaped kitchen.

  • Island - no matter how you assemble the furniture in the working area, the island will make the kitchen as comfortable as possible, especially if you equip it with a stove and / or sink. However, even for the smallest island space is required, because there must be at least 1 meter passages around it. More information about the arrangement of the island, we told in the Council number 4 (see below).

Island in the interior of a country house kitchen

The most versatile layouts are:

  • L-shaped - a little less convenient, but the most versatile arrangement of furniture, which is particularly relevant for small kitchens rectangular shape. Choosing such a layout, it is advisable to put the refrigerator in line with the sink, and not the stove.
  • L-shaped kitchen layout
    The photo shows the design of the kitchen in a private house in Kaliningrad
  • Linear - versatile, but the most inconvenient version of the kitchen layout. Due to the fact that the working zones are arranged in one row, the cook has to walk extra meters back and forth during cooking, which means he is wasting time and energy. However, for small kitchens, this option is often the only possible solution.
  • Kitchen in a private house in the Russian style
    Small kitchen in a private house with access to the terrace

Fragment of the living room with a stove-stove

For narrow and elongated kitchen a two-row (parallel) layout will suit:

  • Double row - suitable for kitchens with a width of no more than 3.2 m, and ideally no more than 2.4-2.5 m. At the same time, the hob and sink are placed side by side in one line, and the refrigerator along with the oven and microwave on the opposite side. Sometimes between two rows of furniture have a dining table as shown in the photo below.
Two-row kitchen layout

The design of the kitchen-living room in a private house

Tip 4. If your kitchen has an area of ​​more than 18 square meters. m install desktop-island

The island is a super-functional table that can play the role of a place to prepare food, a place to store utensils and groceries, a breakfast bar and snacks. Also, it can be embedded in the stove, sink, wine rack, dishwasher or a small fridge.

Especially such an assistant is relevant for:

  • Kitchen-dining room with an island
    The interior of a private house of log cabins

Keep in mind that for kitchens up to 20 square meters. meters A small island measuring 120 × 100 cm will fit. This table can also be mobile. The shape of the island should match the shape of the room.

  • The kitchen area is less than 18 square meters. meters instead of the island, you can install the peninsula, which is more compact due to the end, abutting against a wall or headsets.

Peninsula in the kitchen in a country house

Tip 5. If the kitchen is passing, work points should be arranged so that the passage is always free

If the kitchen is a checkpoint, for example, combined with a hallway, has an exit to the terrace or backyard, then the working area (the same “triangle” from the stove, sink and refrigerator) needs to be planned so that it does not intersect with the passage. Then the rush of households back and forth will not interfere with the person involved in cooking or cleaning.

  • Remember that the width of the passage should be at least 1 m, and ideally - 120 cm or more.

By the way, it’s great to use a bar counter, an island or a peninsula as a space divider in a walk-through kitchen.

Island in the kitchen

Island in a country house kitchen

Tip 6. If possible, install a sink by the window.

If you have the opportunity to install / transfer sink to the window, then by all means use it. So you can enjoy every day nature, lawn backyard, or at least a view of the sky above the cottage village, doing everyday things. However, a significant lengthening of communications is not always desirable.

  • Window wash

Tip 7. If your kitchen is in the attic ...

discard wall cabinets completely or partially, replacing them with open shelves, if the slopes of the roof hang too low. So you do not clutter up the interior and use the walls beneath the slopes. At the same time, the bottom cabinets should be equipped mainly with drawers, which are much more convenient and roomy than the cabinets. The following photo compilation presents examples of kitchen arrangement in the attic.

Kitchen in the attic

Kitchen in the attic

Kitchen in the attic

Kitchen in the attic

Tip 8. If the kitchen is combined with the living room or dining room, zone space

Space zoning brings a sense of order and comfort to the interior. Here are a few tricks that are especially relevant to the kitchen in a country house:

  • Decorating the floor in the kitchen and the floor in the living room / dining room with different materials. For example, if in all rooms the floor is wooden, then in the kitchen it can be tiled with a more practical tile, granite or stone.
  • Example of flooring with different materials
  • Partial insulation of the kitchen. To prevent the mess in the kitchen or dining room from spoiling the look of the living room, you can install sliding doors, curtains, panel curtains, screens, low or narrow partitions.

Glass partition in the interior of the kitchen-dining room

  • Kitchen in a country house

Partition in the living-dining room in a country house

  • Creation of an arch or partition with a wide aperture, a glass sliding partition or columns.
  • Arch in the kitchen in a private house from log cabins
  • Zoning lighting. In the kitchen, it is enough to install a bright top light and furniture lighting, the lamps themselves should be concise. But in the living room the light should be multi-level and softer when the main ceiling lighting is complemented by floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps. The lamps themselves can be fancy. The dining area is desirable to allocate suspensions or chandeliers, installed directly above the table as shown in the following photos.
  • Lampshade over the table
  • Arrangement of furniture at the borders of zones. The following can be used as delimiters: a bar counter, a dining table, a table-island or a peninsula, a sofa, armchairs, consoles and shelves.
Combined kitchen-living room

Pictured kitchen-living room in a country house in Spain

  • The use of carpets. Large carpet on the floor in the living / dining room and the space will divide, and create comfort. You can also lay a carpet between the zones. For example, between work and dining area.

Tip 9. For combined space, a powerful hood is required.

To protect curtains, furniture upholstery, pillows and carpets in the living room from culinary odors, install a dome-type hood with a capacity of at least 1000 m3/hour.

Tip 10. Floors, worktop, apron and facades of black and dark brown furniture are impractical.

Even the smallest crumbs, water droplets and dust are noticeable on dark surfaces. Therefore, the most polluted areas in the kitchen - apron, countertop and especially the floor - it is better to make out in light shades.

  • Kitchen interior in the style of Russian country house
    Interior in a private house in Tarusa

Tip 11. In the design of the kitchen of a country house, try something that was not solved in a city apartment

This may be a different style of interior, bold colors, custom layout, decor techniques or things that you like, but do not fit into the interior of your "urban" kitchen.

Tip 12. Use mostly natural materials in decoration and décor.

Subjecting the idea of ​​closeness to nature to the interior of the house, you will be able to fully feel the charm of life outside the city.

  • In the decoration of the kitchen of a private house, try to avoid the use of vinyl wallpaper, plastic panels, double-glazed windows, laminate flooring and unnatural linoleum.
  • The ideal furniture for a country house kitchen is wooden (including plywood and veneer), wrought-iron and wicker.
  • Textiles are also better to choose natural or mixed.

However, in some cases, the use of artificial materials is justified. For example, a tabletop made of artificial agglomerate is much more practical and durable than a tabletop made of natural stone (see material: Stone countertops in the kitchen - practicality and natural charm), and a nylon carpet is almost as good as wool and does not cause allergies.

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