Bring a handcrafted feel into the heart of the home with these simple design ideas
Good design really is all in the detail and nowhere is this truer than in a country kitchen. For a handcrafted country look, invest in beautifully built cupboards and drawers. These extra touches can transform boxy cabinetry into a welcoming, personal space. Drawers with dovetail joints, finely tuned and sculpted handles, exposed hinges and features such as pull-out chopping boards, stone worktops and artfully fitted interiors are all hallmarks of a crafted kitchen. Opt for natural materials and select fittings that reflect the surroundings to give simple off-the-shelf cabinetry an artisan feel.
1 Architectural inspiration
For a modern country interpretation, combine clean-lined Shaker cabinetry with an elegantly curved splashback. The worktop and splashback here were influenced by Georgian country house design and created using salvaged school desks that could have been reformed to complement the look.
2 Batterie de cuisine
Rather than hide your saucepans and cookware in drawers, make a feature of them using a classic overhanging rack. If you want a batterie de cuisine, make sure you tell your designer at the start. They can plan the layout of the cabinetry, lighting and colour to draw attention to this unique country feature. Use on trend copper as a finish on lighting, taps and accessories – it will add a warming glow.
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3 Perfect proportions
This painted freestanding furniture was hand-built to fit into a wedge-shaped kitchen. The concave wall cabinet and distressed potboards on the island provide a lived-in feel, ensuring the furniture looks perfectly at home in its characterful surroundings.
4 Larder cupboards
In a well-crafted kitchen, it’s important to get the cabinet interiors right. This cupboard has pull out shelves so that you can access items at the back. The oak interior finish also brings a warmth to the unit.
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