A timeless investment that’s sure to bring pleasure for years to come, a bespoke country-style kitchen is a style statement that’s rarely out of fashion…
Who can resist the charm of the country kitchen? This is a style that is all about warmth, welcome and good old-fashioned comfort – where the kitchen really is the heart of the home, wherever that home might be. Small or spacious, the country kitchen is always friendly, cosy and hospitable, as well as being practical and charmingly pretty.
Blending old and new
To create a functional modern kitchen while retaining these traditional values simply means finding a way to disguise modern time-saving gadgets, either behind doors or in a separate, adjoining room. And while some might argue that a true country kitchen consists of a collection of free-standing cupboards in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, it is perfectly possible to create a country look using fitted units, as long as you ensure that they’re not overly unified.
Buying for keeps
Fitting a country kitchen is definitely a safe bet in terms of investing in your property, says Simon Buhl Davis, head of Savills Interiors. ‘A hand-built wooden Shaker kitchen will have enduring appeal and stand the test of time,’ he says. ‘With the current economic situation people need all the comforting they can get, something warm and cosy, that Shaker ethic: simplicity, utility and quality. It’s a much safer option than putting in a modern kitchen that’s hot now, but that will look out of date in five years. If you are going to spend £20,000 on a kitchen, it’s always best to choose something that will last.’
KITCHENS UP TO £20,000
Milton – Second Nature
Second Nature’s ‘Milton Sage’ kitchen features a traditional in-frame design and comes in a delicate sage green – ideal for combining with natural materials such as slate, timber, wicker, pewter and granite. This modern-rustic look is tied together with a cool stone floor.
Kitchens start at £15,000.
Shaker – Harvey Jones
Vaulted Kitchen - George Robinson Kitchens
A key design feature to this kitchen is the vaulted ceiling with exposed green oak beams. This design creates a look very similar to a barn conversion. The choice of cabinetry gives the kitchen a classic look and sheer quantity of draws and cabinets, provide plentiful storage
A solid-wood kitchen, either left natural or painted a subtle, pale colour, is key to the country kitchen look. Doors should be Shaker-style – tongue-and-groove or simply panelled – and be fitted with wooden or ceramic knobs, or cup-shaped handles. Wall units could feature some glazing, or be replaced by open shelves for an informal effect. If you can find space for a dresser and/or larder, so much the better, while an enamelled range cooker makes the perfect centrepiece. Add a ceramic butler’s sink, beamed ceiling, stone-flagged floor, butcher’s block, hanging rack for pans and utensils, and a farmhouse dining table. Then go to town with accessories – cake stands, mixing bowls, tea cosies and egg cups, wicker baskets, enamelware and wirework and crockery in pretty colours and patterns.
Long House – Plain English
Milan – Mark Wilkinson
A kitchen that portrays pure style without clutter, the Milan kitchen has hand-stitched leather handles and soft curved lines that create fluid elegance. The Milan kitchen represents all that the city has to offer, promise and excitement.
A Mark Wilkinson kitchen starts from £35,000.
New Brasserie – Smallbone
The latest collection from Smallbone embraces the kitchen as a social hub as well as a functional space. Taking inspiration from the relaxed setting of the brasserie, the kitchen is characterised by horizontal slats of oak, scaffolding planks and an oversized dresser. To finish it off, New Brasserie is available in any paint colour or can be hand painted by their skilled decorative artists.
Original Freestanding Kitchen – Chalon
This ‘Original Freestanding’ kitchen is made from Quebec yellow pine, in a style that emulates the classic elegance of English 18th and 19th-century furniture. It has been hand-finished using a unique, distressed paint technique, designed to look as if each piece had naturally aged.
Painted kitchen – Newcastle Furniture Co
This kitchen, with its beamed ceiling, Aga and stone floor, is painted in sage and cream and features worktops in maple and green slate. Handmade in mature, seasoned hardwoods, it uses modern and traditional joinery techniques.