If you love rustic charm, vintage flair, floral fabrics and quaint character galore, you’ll probably be as obsessed with English country kitchens as we are. Luckily, our sister brand Period Living has photographed hordes of them over the years, and let us take a peek into their archives to find our favorites.
Filled with home-spun charm and decorated with a whole host of vintage fabrics and flea-market finds, these stunning country kitchens are a hive of classic English inspiration that you won't want to miss. So get those Pinterest boards ready, these English country kitchen ideas are worth saving.
1. Take a look at this thatched cottage with colorful dining area
This dreamy three-bedroom thatched cottage on the Cambridgeshire border, owned by lifestyle blogger Rebecca Lovatt, is a study in achieving relaxed country charm. She bought the handmade dining table in Brighton over 20 years ago and it looks perfect surrounded by a mismatched collection of farmhouse chairs.
Rebecca found them at Greenwich market in London, and on eBay, and gave them a new lease of life by painting them in pastel blue shades. The pine dresser was another eBay find and shows off Rebecca's beautiful china collection, creating a practical yet stylish country display.
2. Be inspired by this Anglophile's dream English kitchen
'One day, I’ll own a pretty cottage and it will be in a magazine,’ wrote a teenage Susan Spurling in her high school yearbook. Several years later she left behind her 1860s folk-Victorian farmhouse in Loganville, Wisconsin to move into a 1720s thatched cottage in the English countryside.
A passionate antiques collector and self-confessed anglophile, her kitchen is brimming with thrifty vintage buys, classic antiques and even a Union Jack flag.
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Susan couldn't resist the timeless design of a butler sink, a true icon of an English country kitchen. Originally designed for use by the staff in grand households, the butler sink is praised for its durability, elegant looks and generous size. Susan completed the look with a small draining rack to dry her vintage crockery and a Shelia Maid where she stores teatowels as well as vintage pans and baskets.
3. Shaker-style kitchen with a classic British look
Shaker-style cabinetry has become a mainstay of English country kitchens. Utilizing local timbers, they are usually painted in bright and uplifting shades such as blue and green.
Known as Lambs house, this 17th-century building is home to architects Nicholas Groves-Raines and his wife Kristín Hannesdóttir. Throughout their home the décor is refreshingly simple and the couple have resisted designer choices.
In their kitchen, they opted for a Shaker design as its simple style let the original wooden features of their home shine. The dresser shelves, which display some of Kristín’s blue and white china collection, create a harmony between the natural wood and the blue cabinetry; the perfect finishing touch.
If you love this style as much as we do, get expert top tips with our helpful guide to designing a Shaker kitchen.
4. A rustic farmhouse kitchen brimming with vintage charm
An Aga range cooker is the heart of any country kitchen. Homeowner Alison Lewis opted for a rich scarlet shade for her cozy cottage kitchen, allowing it to take center stage in her rustic-inspired design.
Embracing her love of collecting furniture from antique centers, junk shops and family, she often paints them in soft, chalky tones to give them a new look and incorporate them into her scheme. The kitchen in particular is full of fascinating pieces such as a freestanding butcher’s block, pantry cupboard and corner cabinets, working together to create a rustic, unfitted look, perfect for the thatched cottage.
5. We love the relaxed cottage feel of this freestanding kitchen
Freestanding furniture helps to create the quintessential cottage look in the Hadleighs' adorable 17th-century thatched home.
Pairing a standalone wooden sink unit with a butcher's block brings extra flexibility to the space, as it can be easily repositioned. They completed the look by upgrading the cooker to an Everhot 110i range.
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A pantry is a dream for so many kitchen designs. For Denise Hadleigh it was a prerequisite in the house search. Creating a curtain from vintage fabric, Denise gave the space a classic look. She left the top shelves exposed to make a statement of her vintage tins and containers.
6. You'll want to copy this vintage-inspired kitchen filled with floral fabrics and rustic furniture
Inspired by the picturesque country landscapes of Weardale, County Durham, which surrounds this terrace home, Val Rennie brought the natural world into her kitchen, incorporating floral fabrics into her scheme. Val opted for a red and white palette of fabrics featuring roses, poppies and hedgerow flowers to create her blinds, sink curtain, cushions and tablecloths, giving the space a welcoming laid-back look.
Adding to the look she incorporated reclaimed and repainted chairs, a secondhand Belfast sink, and an old pub table, all illustrating that a characterful country-style kitchen can be achieved on a shoestring.
Thinking about how to get florals into your interior scheme? Check out these 24 floral wallpaper ideas – there's bound to be something to spark inspiration.
7. Exposed beams and wooden furniture make this a real dream kitchen
This idyllic stone-built Georgian cottage on Edinburgh's doorstep has been transformed into a stunning home to accommodate Kerry Bell and her family. Extensive renovations included knocking down the wall to the dining room to double the size of the kitchen and transform it into a much more sociable kitchen-diner.
Kerry lined the walls with tongue-and-groove paneling to provide a charming backdrop that would complement her cream kitchen cabinets and make a statement out of the inherited wooden kitchen dressers, which also provide essential storage.
8. Filled to the brim with antiques and curios, this kitchen is a collector's dream
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Tucked into a low-slung row of early-20th-century stone forestry cottages, 900 feet above sea level, Albert Weir's home looks out over rippling Northumberland hills. He has called the quaint forestry worker's cottage home for nearly three decades and over this time has filled it with a lifetime worth of antiques and curious.
However, there's no point having beautiful things if they're stuck in the back of the cupboard, so Albert created a bespoke wooden dresser to hang on the kitchen wall and display his collection of brown and white storage jars. Next to it sits the antique utensil rack that Albert discovered at an antiques fair and is perfect for displaying copper utensils and other curios.
If you too love collecting, whether its china and curiosities or vintage buys and holiday finds, discover how to display your collections with style.
Albert also replaced his worn-out original white Rayburn range with the closest similar new model in cream and made his own star stencil for the border. The early-Victorian poster was one of a batch from a retirement sale at a Northumberland printers.