Kitchens to inspire
Kitchens with character are the next big thing in home style, says Sara Emslie
As characterful as the dwelling it is in, this kitchen screams individuality. The crudely painted white and lilac striped doors and drawers cleverly mirror other elements such as the wooden rafters and the stripes in the rag rug. Its relaxed, rustic charm is bold, endorsed by an assortment of crockery and a wood burning stove. Steamer Bay kitchen, John Lewis of Hungerford.
A plentiful supply of retro pieces and non-kitchen elements makes this space work. Tolix chairs, a 1950’s factory pendant light and vintage wall clock create a stylish design statement confirming it’s a space for relaxation rather than just for preparing food.
For freestanding units try Ikea. Similar accessories available from Pedlars.
A clever mix of styles makes for a truly individual feel. New England colours are mixed with classic shaker cupboards and finished off with retro trimmings. Elements of the iconic American diner are also in abundance. Square drawers with vintage-look handles, round edges on the units and soft shades of blue give a 1950s American flavour. An old-fashioned radio completes the look. New England kitchen from Mark Wilkinson Furniture.
This feature appeared in the April 2010 issue of BBC Homes & Antiques magazine.
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