Initially, the chalet-style assumed simplicity and convenience in the interior. The Chalet shepherd’s huts in the southeastern mountains of France have served as role models and a source of inspiration for architects and designers.
Over time, simplicity increasingly gave way to luxury and sophistication, but the priority of comfort remained.
Alpine motives in kitchen design attract warmth and comfort. The kitchen in the chalet-style in a country house looks especially organic – it is more difficult to give an apartment the characteristic features of style, but this is also possible.
The chalet, according to the main characteristics of the interior, is close to eco-style and country, but it also has several features:
- The leading role in the design is played by natural materials – wood, stone and their corresponding colours;
- The ceiling beams are left open. On the upper floor, there may be no ceiling at all, and the roof is trimmed from the inside with wood;
- Interior elements are significant, a bit bulky. The windows are large, giving maximum light and a good view;
- An obligatory element is a fireplace, finished in the same tone as the surrounding environment. However, its installation in the kitchen is not always advisable;
- Modern household appliances are masked to avoid dissonance with the general mood of the room. Wires, switches and similar paraphernalia are also mounted discreetly.
The kitchen arrangement depends on the type of building in which it is located, the size of the room. In a wooden house, the style will organically fit into the space and fill it with village life’s warmth and comfort. In an apartment, especially in a compact Khrushchev, you will only get an imitation of style far from the original.
In a country house
In a private country house, the style can be reproduced down to the smallest detail, including a fireplace and heavy solid wood furniture:
- Bulky beams do not hide under the ceiling. Artificially aged and stained, they give a solid feeling;
- against the background of wood-lined walls and ceilings, furniture can be distinguished by upholstery made of leather, textiles of a dull colour;
- Hunting paraphernalia or household utensils are hung on the walls. The floor is decorated with animal skins;
- a bundle of firewood, a metal poker, a scoop and other devices are placed by the fireplace;
- Panoramic windows are draped with light curtains or left open.
In the apartment
It is hardly possible to reflect all aspects of style in a city apartment. It is good if the room area allows you to bring a dark colour into the setting without damage. For limited space, this is far from the best option. Deliberate rudeness of furniture, wall decoration will also not do good.
Taking into account the possibilities of the apartment, you can make amendments to the design:
- instead of wooden beams, reinforce polyurethane strips on the ceiling;
- limit yourself to light colours in the interior;
- replace square forms of furniture with rounded ones;
- arrange additional lighting in the upper cabinets, on the ceiling along the slats, above the working area;
- Designate the style with details – earthenware, hanging bunches of fragrant herbs, hand-woven towels, napkins.
Combined with the living room
Expanding the space at the expense of the living room can be used for a purely visual division into a cooking area and a dining area. Apparent separation should not be allowed.
The house can build a real wood-burning fireplace with a chimney. In the city kitchen-living room, you can put only its semblance – an electric or bio fireplace.
Summer, in the country
People go to the dacha to relax, relax in nature so that a chalet-style kitchen design will be pretty appropriate here. Thanks to its functionality, the environment does not require a lot of cleaning time.
The courtyard can be arranged as a harmonious continuation of the kitchen, or even take out the fireplace outside and put a recreation area in the fresh air.
Colours are chosen in tones close to wood and stone. The entire palette of browns will do.
Traditionally, ceiling beams are darker than walls. For the flooring, choose a colour based on the situation:
- the impression of the gloomy shades of the ceiling and walls will smooth out the light floor;
- Light-coloured furniture and a partially whitewashed ceiling will benefit from dark brown parquet flooring.
White is seldom used. It is replaced by ivory, faded yellow, light beige. The interior is enlivened by the introduction of red, purple, and green notes with soft shades reminiscent of natural ones.
In finishing, you should adhere to some rules:
- Decorativeness is minimal. Unambiguously in the style of a chalet against the background of natural materials, there is no place for wallpaper, bright painting;
- tile can replace a stone on the apron, but the colour remains the same – brown of varying saturation from beige to rich, without a pattern;
- Wooden surfaces are aged for maximum naturalness, covered with stain, varnish, protective compounds, but not polished. The carving can serve as an accent.
The floor covering is usually wood planks or stone tiles. Dies with irregular outlines look original.
In apartments, laminate or porcelain stoneware with a wood pattern is suitable as a compromise option for a cheap and lightweight finish.
Classically, the walls are covered with wooden panels, false beams, a blockhouse. The coating looks more natural by 1–2 tones lighter than the floor.
In the budget version, the walls are covered with decorative plaster and then painted discreetly.
It is more practical to make a kitchen apron from tiles of monochromatic colours. Lined with natural or artificial stone, it will look more spectacular but also cost more. Laminated MDF panels stylized as a stone or wood texture will be cheaper.
Open beams are an indispensable element of the ceiling. They can be adjacent to a plastered part or a plank floor. Sometimes in tiny country houses, the roof from the inside is covered with insulation and a board without a ceiling.
In the apartment, in order not to create a load on the floors and get rid of excessive roughness in the interior, they imitate logs with plastic or veneered imitation.
Alpine-style pieces of furniture are straightforward. Massiveness, laconic forms without staining, bent elements and artificial inserts are welcomed. The facade of the kitchen from solid or veneered oak, beech, ash looks spectacular.
In a modern interpretation of the style, cabinet doors are sometimes made with clear or coloured glass details to relieve the heavyweight of the interior. For the same purpose, some of the cabinets are replaced with open shelves.
Modular headsets in the interior of the chalet
In a city apartment, a modular group can take the place of wooden furniture. Eco-veneer facades imitate different types of wood, but at the same time, are affordable.
The cabinets’ dimensions in a modular kitchen do not have a priority since individual items are universal in layout. By combining this or that number of modules, you can successfully furnish even a small kitchen.
The classic combination of practicality and visual appeal of the natural forms of the chalet-style has long been used in furniture production.
- “Vivat” is a Moscow factory that sells ready-made sets, as well as individual items for the self-selection of a furniture group.
- “Kitchen yard” in Moscow accepts orders for custom-made furniture.
- “Bravo” Bryansk works with inexpensive materials, has sales offices throughout the country.
- Since 2002 “Surskaya Mebel”, Penza, has supplied cabinet furniture of economy class to the market.
- Since 1996, Comfortis, Belgorod, has manufactured furniture in a wide range from budget headsets to non-standard sets.
- “Furniture PK” Nizhny Novgorod offers headsets with facades from MDF and solid wood.
Kitchen finishing technologies
To ensure durability and external aesthetics, the facades of the modules are produced using frame technology. The standard frame of the cabinets, the shelves are made of ordinary chipboard or MDF, and the doors are made of solid wood or MDF with veneer covering. The surface can be natural or imitated wood.
Glass for inserts is varied in texture – frosted, transparent, coloured, embossed. Specially treated glass leaves no fingerprints on the surface.
Furniture fittings are varied in design and material quality. Handles from metal with a simple shape to curly ones with decorative inserts can merge the facade into a single composition or deliberately stand out. Drawers are equipped with closers for smooth automatic closing. With the help of hidden hinges with door closers, a facade without handles is produced.
Household appliances against the background of typically rustic furniture will look alien, so they are hidden behind panels or disguised as antiques. Applying a patina, a kind of rust will give a vintage appearance to the appearance. You can purchase equipment in a dark colour – brown, blue, matte grey.
Sink and mixer
When choosing a sink, it is recommended to give preference to stone. If you have to install a metal sink, it is better to opt for a darker one. A mixer of a simple geometric shape made of bronze, brass, and copper will not stand out in the general ensemble.
The larger the area of the room, the more interesting the layout options. For a compact kitchen, the choice is small.
The L-shaped arrangement of furniture attracts with the fact that everything you need is at hand. The hostess does not have to cross the entire room in search of a saucepan or food. The opposite corner can be left under the dining area.
For implementation, it requires a large area, but it accommodates all the necessary furniture. Considering the minimum distance between the cabinets of 1.2 m, it must be borne in mind that a significant excess will cause a lot of inconveniences. When cooking, you will have to cross the room too often.
A universal layout for any kitchen, but especially a small one. If the room is elongated, then there may not be another option.
With an island
In a spacious square kitchen-living room, an island or a peninsula will be the ideal exit. A wet zone can be set up in the centre of the room in a country house. In an apartment, such a trick is unlikely to succeed due to communication problems.
The fireplace serves as a focal point in the kitchen. For this reason, as well as for security reasons, the area around it should be free. The electric fireplace will also not be noticeable if shelves or furniture are piled around it.
In a small kitchen, a chimney-like hood can serve as a reminder of the fireplace.
Decor and accessories
Rough design requires at least 2-3 decorative details to create an of the presence of the house owners. Following the principle of practicality, you can decorate the kitchen with antique utensils, antique lamps, hunting attributes.
Curtains and textiles
The materials used should not stand out from the general style:
- from fabrics, cotton, linen, wool of dull colours are appropriate.
- The best pattern on curtains, napkins, blankets – geometric, checkered, striped.
- Products with an unprocessed edge, homespun rugs, carpets look good.
Large panoramic windows provide bright lighting during the day. Artificial light, on the other hand, should be soft:
- Lamps are selected in the form of candelabra, candles. Metal chandeliers in the form of horns or twigs will fit into the general atmosphere;
- lighting devices are disguised as household items – antique lamps, candlesticks with a candle, lanterns;
- To keep the lighting soft, the light bulbs should emit a warm yellow light.
Ceramic and wooden dishes, containers with spices are put on open shelves. Cast iron dishes and pans can be hung on hooks or rails.
Huts in the mountains were filled with hunting trophies and weapons. Instead of stuffed animals, guns can be supplemented with skins, horns, or a painting with a hunting story hung on the wall.
How to do it yourself
Chalet kitchen design is not complicated in design, but it is essential to think over every detail despite the simplicity.
- For resistance to moisture, high temperatures, wood is treated with impregnations before surface finishing. It will not hurt to create a richer texture with brushing and stains.
- The hood is masked with a cone-shaped box. It can be made from drywall. The outside is finished with plaster and painted to match the decor. Decorated with a wooden plank or imitation stone, the box can substitute for a fireplace.
- The apron is laid out with wood or stone tiles. The tabletop is ordered from a composite or a stone agglomerate.
- Furniture, including cabinets, tables and chairs, are purchased from one manufacturer to avoid a long search for suitable items.
The chalet-style in the original cannot be called accessible. Natural materials are expensive, and their finishing requires a unique approach. Ultimately, however, one must do justice to the practicality of such a kitchen. Genuine motives in the environment will never get bored, and the comfort and warmth of the interior can hardly be overestimated.