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Dutch Colonial Styled KitchenA Dutch colonial kitchen can be very beautiful. Dutch colonial decor is influenced largely by baroque design. Dutch colonists in the New World in some cases brought with them and in other instances, made their own decorative accents and elements that served as reminders of the life that they left behind in the Netherlands.
Dutch colonial design features large furniture pieces and is very ornamental, and tends to be a bit on the dramatic side. You can achieve this look in your kitchen by keeping the following considerations in mind:
∑ Countertops. Butcher-block countertops add to the utilitarian feel of this style of decor for the kitchen.
∑ Cabinetry. In the modern kitchen, appliances like blenders, coffee makers, and so on, can detract from the overall feel of the Dutch colonial space. These items can be hidden within kitchen cabinets and then taken out when needed. Cabinets should be wooden and should be sufficiently large to keep what you need up off the counter.
Decorate the cabinets in your Dutch colonial kitchen with painted scenes that have a country theme, or even a floral theme, which is commonly seen as a decorative element in the authentic Dutch colonial kitchen. Bring in replica or antique canning cupboards or pie safes for added storage.
∑ Furniture. Dutch colonial furniture is made from heavy wood. Tables, chairs, and other furniture items are not merely flimsy items that can be moved with ease. Woods used in building Dutch colonial furniture is extremely thick and dark, and works to create a homey ambience and a country atmosphere.
Moreover, pastoral images are often painted on chests and cabinets. Painted images of the countryside, rolling hills, or even food are often seen in authentic Dutch colonial pieces. To bring this look to your own kitchen, you can paint or stencil images onto furniture that has been stained dark or that has been given a faux vintage finish.
∑ Flooring. Wooden flooring is ideal in the Dutch colonial kitchen. If possible, select wide wooden pine planks, and distress the planks prior to laying them and sealing them. Bring in braided rugs or rag rugs to warm up the floor. You might also think about a painted floor in a checkerboard design.
∑ Kitchen utensils. Kettles, pans, and pots in the Dutch colonial kitchen are typically displayed near the stove or a kitchen fireplace. These utensils should be big enough to cook for several people, and optimally, made with cast iron. The presence and size of cast iron kettles and skillets are often in stark contrast with another staple in the Dutch colonial kitchen Ė delicate china that is many times displayed on open shelving. Often, Dutch colonial china will depict scenes from the Netherlands or of the countryside or farm animals. Donít forgo using chipped crockery or other kitchen wares in the Dutch colonial kitchen as in true Dutch colonies, an item wasnít discarded simply because it had a small flaw.
Portraits for the Dutch colonial kitchen. Portraits are often used as wall decor for the Dutch colonial kitchen. In colonial times, portraits of family members were treasured because oftentimes they were the only reminder that the colonists had of their family in the mother land.
These portraits were done in oil paints and features rich colors. You can add a vintage style portrait to your kitchen to add an air of Dutch colonial authenticity.