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Country Kitchen Ideas on a Budget

Always dreamed of that gorgeous, warm and inviting kitchen? Can you taste that stir fry that’s sizzling on the Aga while daydreaming of the family gather around the stunning rustic dining table? Then what are you waiting for! With an incredible selection of shabby chic, rustic and vintage kitchen furniture for sale on site at Preloved prices you have no excuse not create the kitchen of your dreams.

Let me entertain you…

A kitchen is not just a space for cooking. You don’t have to have a Michelin star to have a lust-worthy kitchen. The kitchen is the core of any house, and the centre for entertaining guests as well as uniting your family. An ideal kitchen should not simply be spacious, but unique – it needs to say something about you.

Whether you have a quirky cottage in the countryside with a kitchen in need of a bit love, or a modern flat that needs a little character adding, a country kitchen perfectly unites family and entertainment in one space. Employing a neutral base with quirky touches such as painting dining chairs or dining table legs in pastel or neutral based colours can add a touch of personality whilst not detracting from the overall sophistication of the room.

Essential Elements

kitchen tables

A country kitchen is not designed to be admired from a distance, but to invite life in. Their lived in yet refined look is created by a combination of indoor and outdoor elements. For example, pair an antique table with an outdoor-style chairs, or use a thick bench seat mixed with antique chairs. The possibilities are endless! Provided the outdoor and indoor elements are carefully balanced, ensuring the kitchen does not feel or look shabby, the juxtaposition will provide a delicate sense of homely sophistication. For further guidance or ideas for creating this balance take a peek at our country kitchen Pinterest board!


For those worried about the difficulty of creating the juxtaposition using central components (such as a dining table) why not create a more subtle balance by pairing outdoor ornaments with antique furniture. Painting an antique dresser in a pastel or neutral shade and decorating it with outdoor themed ornaments such as plants, watering cans and lanterns provides a homely feeling without the worry of erring too close to the shabby side of the shabby chic spectrum.

Chef Extraordinaire! 


Well…we’ve already established that you don’t have to be a Michelin star chef to have a gorgeous kitchen ,but there’s no reason you can’t give the impression that you are one! Nothing says country kitchen or professional chef more than a stunning Aga. AND with an incredible selection of Aga’s on our website, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t find an Aga to match your colour scheme and bring your kitchen to life. Go on…your kitchen needs it.

Finishing touches…

finishing touches

From mixing different knobs on cabinets, hanging tea cups from shelves to grabbing yourself some vintage scales the choice of finishing touches is endless. Where country kitchens are concerned, there is no limit to creativity. However, as with the outdoor/indoor balance, a delicate juxtaposition must be maintained between clutter and space. Remember! A country kitchen MUST be simultaneously airy and eccentric. Got it?

If not…fear not! There are so many more incredible ideas on our country kitchen Pinterest board. So get creating!

Liv Serrage

Liv Serrage

Writer and expert

Liv writes the newsletters and looks after the Preloved social media community, hunting out the quirkiest, most beautiful items on site just for you! As an English Language and Literature graduate from the University of Oxford, Liv is passionate about all things fictional, bookish and creative. In her spare time, she loves to go to gigs and scour vintage and charity shops for one off items!