Ways to revive a country kitchen

Perk up a country kitchen with these decorating ideas

Whether you’ve just moved in and are making do, or you are the proud owner of a well-planned country kitchen, give it a refresh with these decorating ideas.

Brighten up a classic white kitchen with a few pops of colour. Displaying plant pots and enamelware on worktops is a simple way to add an uplifting feel. Swap a plain voile for a beautiful printed design, or upcycle your existing one by stamping on designs with fabric paint.

Add some wow factor by painting island units in a bold shade. If your kitchen doesn’t have an island, you can create a similar effect by painting wall units in a contrasting shade to base units, or be creative and pick out just a few doors in a bright colour.

Rejuvenate a plain scheme by reviving one piece of furniture. This striking kitchen dresser painted in turquoise adds a welcoming wash of colour. Keep the look country by distressing the finish of the paintwork.

Lend interest to a pale scheme by displaying inexpensive vintage-style artwork on walls. Look out for interesting pieces in charity shops and vintage fairs.

Add interest to an eye-catching chimney breast by displaying charming rustic-style knick-knacks on the mantel. Perk up a tiled splashback by adding a simple framed artwork or photograph.

Turn a country-style butlers sink into a focal point by putting up a shelf above it, then line up colourful jugs and glass jars filled with ingredients along it.

Give your room a smarter, more refined look by stowing away old mismatched serveware and accessories, and only displaying those that share a theme. Here, white jugs and bowls provide a contrast to the black worktops for a striking effect.

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