7 things you need for a shabby chic kitchen

Introduce authentic vintage character into your kitchen with tips for timeless style from Country Homes & Interiors

Classic kitchen dresser
Let freestanding pieces bring instant shabby chic style to your country kitchen. This kitchen dresser packs in plenty of storage while promoting a relaxed, timeless look.
Roomy cupboards beneath are teamed with glazed doors above for display. Add to the retro feel with a 1950s style fridge, a table that doubles up for work or dining, classic country chairs and a cream factory-style pendant light.

Country range cooker
Everyone gravitates towards the Aga – it makes a country kitchen so warm and welcoming. In vintage pale blue enamel with gleaming hob plates, this one brings a nostalgic note to the room. It’s built into a shabby chic pine unit and contrasted with glossy brick-shaped tiles to protect the wall from splashes. Hang a rack above the cooker for easy access to pots and pans.

Butler sink
Turn washing up from a chore to a pleasure by creating a dedicated space in a farmhouse kitchen.
This traditional ceramic butler sink is flanked by a symmetrical arrangement of deep blue units, complete with cup handles. A painted overmantel mirror, positioned centrally above the sink, provides a vintage focal point. Fit a wood worktop and terracotta floor tiles to keep up the country effect.

Butcher’s block
No shabby-chic kitchen is complete without a butcher’s block. With a sturdy surface for chopping, drawers beneath for knives and utensils and a shelf for spare chopping boards, it’s an all-in-one preparation space. String up a pendant light with a quirky colander shade to illuminate the work surface.
Keep the country look with a pink-painted wall, unplastered brickwork and wooden floorboards.

Country dining table
Rustic reds and a vibrant touch of copper create warmth in this authentic country kitchen diner. Deck the table in a beautiful embroidered tablecloth, and draw up a white painted Windsor chair for a stylish farmhouse breakfast. Copper pans and pendant light will shimmer against their backdrop of leafy wallpaper and dusky paint. Lay a classic terracotta floor to complete the scheme.

Patchwork splashback
Create your own country kitchen splashback design from mix and match tiles. Before you fix them in place, lay out the arrangement on the floor, shuffling them to get a pleasing effect. Stick to a limited colour palette for a chic effect. The tiles are the perfect backdrop to a ceramic sink. Put up a rack so that plates are in easy reach.

Informal scheme
The large natural oak table with a scrubbed top and the mismatched antique chairs create a friendly, informal feel in this large kitchen diner. Stick to a pale colour scheme to keep the look light and airy, painting the walls in a shade of stone.
Limestone floor tiles add character and help make this kitchen the heart of the home.

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