Adding character to a country kitchen

Update your country style kitchen and add character with neutral shades and classic pieces. Here are some of the latest paints, furniture, flooring and appliances for country style kitchens.

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ABOVE: This kitchen extension is decorated in country style. Find out more.

Update your country style kitchen and add character with neutral shades and classic pieces.

The furniture: Go for traditional styles of furniture to complement wood cabinets and worktops. The Sayers’ modern island unit was given a rustic feel with classic spindleback bar stools with a polished finish. This Coach House bar stool (above, left) measures (H)104x(W)38x (D)48cm and costs £107 from FeatureDECO.

The paint: Country kitchens often feature subtle tones, which blend perfectly with natural materials. Try Farrow & Ball’s Strong White Estate Eggshell Paint, £43.50 for 2.5 litres (above left), to brighten woodwork, and Crown’s Golden Cream Solo Matt Emulsion, £15.99 for 2.5 litres (above right), on walls to create a light feel.

The appliances: A traditional Aga is a staple for a country kitchen, but there are more contemporary styles on the market – try Redfyre’s range cookers featuring a ceramic hob and fan-assisted oven. This Electric Radiant round lid cooker (above, left) measures (H)91x(W)100x (D)67cm and costs £3,795 from Rangecookers.co.uk.

The flooring: An uneven, textured surface gives natural stone flooring its authentic country look. This classic Cathedral limestone tile (above, right), (W)40x(L)40cm, £144.93 per m² from Fired Earth, will work well with other neutrals and cream shades.

 

The finishing touches

ABOVE (left-right): largest basket measures (H)13x(W)40x (D)30cm, £25, Tesco Direct; Newgate 50s electric wall clock, made from chrome and glass, (dia.)37cm, £65, Heal’s; Kentucky vintage-style bread bin, (H)30x(W)34x(D)19cm, £14.99, Argos