I’ve spent a lot of time lately sourcing pictures and ideas to inspire the refit of my kitchen.
I’m mainly interested at present in kitchens that will stand the test of time. Not only regarding the style, but also the wear and tear of the kitchen. I feel the design of a classically stylish English country kitchen fits all these requirements.
It wasn’t intentional when I started this post to include mostly built-in and free standing units that are coloured in shades of grey. Even the green and blue kitchen units have a grey undertone to them.
I feel I am drawn to the colour grey as it doesn’t take centre stage. This enabling the units to look effortlessly timeless and to allow the other items within the kitchen to shine. For example the pink Aga in the picture above really pops against the grey units.
To update the kitchen over time changing the accessories rather than the whole kitchen can be a lot easier and cost effective.
My dream kitchen would consist mostly of bespoke wooden free-standing units, but as the layout of my kitchen has the perfect recess for a larder to be fitted within it, I wanted to find someone to make me a bespoke cabinet from scratch. I jumped on Google and found someone that offers handyman services in the south of London. They came round last week and I was really impressed.
When it comes to the craftsmanship of bespoke handmade furniture, I am in awe! Even when specialist electric tools are used to enable more precision, the end result is still something of great beauty. I am a complete geek when it comes to dovetail joints, as I have even been known to check out family and friends cabinets to see if they were made in this particular way.
A free-standing sink unit with Belfast type sink has so much character. For me a country style kitchen would not look the same without one.
Another item that is the epitome of the country style kitchen it the dresser. Many call them Welsh dressers, but after much research I found that only the ones specifically made in Wales should be called such.
With such a large kitchen the space in the centre could be in danger of looking too bare and in effect cause the kitchen to look cold and uninviting. By adding the large island, it helps pull the kitchen together and create a warm functional and stylish space.
Being able to move free-standing items around, like the dresser, kitchen islands and sink unit, gives you so much more freedom when it comes to redesigning and redecorating your kitchen. Plus a skilled carpenter can alter the units if need be.
If you’re not into the idea of having a kitchen made entirely of wood, one way to add that bespoke wooden touch is by adding that one special piece.
In what otherwise looks like a streamlined modern kitchen, with the glass splash-backs and stainless steal worktops, this kitchen is transformed with a twist of country style with the live edge wooden slab, that is used as a worktop.
If the budget does not stretch to a completely new bespoke kitchen, why not add a few special touches to your kitchen. An experienced carpenter can work around many different shapes and sizes. For example adding extra storage to existing draws and shelves.