Pretty floral crockery, gingham prints and cheering pastel shades (not to mention the obligatory AGA) it's easy to see why country kitchens are so enduringly popular. And it's even easier to achieve this look. Vintage furniture and accessories in distressed finishes are at the heart of the country kitchen and a dresser to display cherished crockery is a must.
But country style also has a new guise. It's bright, fresh and graphic with a modern approach that works beautifully in the kitchen. You can use playful and vibrant accessories to update a classic country scheme Scandinavian designs never fail to bring colour and a touch of moderntiy, while detail prints in a bold design offers a more contemporary feel. When it comes to furniture, faded, distressed finishes are a stalwart of classic country chic, but a less-is-more approach suits a functional room such as a kitchen try teaming a weathered paint finish with a pop of intense colour, such as orange, for a lively, welcoming feel. For flooring, choose classic terracotta tiles but in an unusual shape to add interest underfoot.
1/9 Jazzy shelf space
Create an eye-catching display of clocks, radios, trays with bold patterns and accessories in contrasting colours.
2/9 Colourful gadgets
Coffee grinders, espresso machines, mixers and blenders now all come in bright colourful shades, designed to be put on display rather than hidden away.
3/9 Happy tables
Bring pattern and colour to your table with cutwork mats, guaranteed to raise a cheer with your coffee.
4/9 Fun food storage
Pack lunches and leftovers in colour-coded tubs.
5/9 Bright crockery
Add instant cheer with pretty chinaware and fresh flowers.
Get the look: The pretty teacups and saucers are from Berry Red.
6/9 Stunning stripes
Dry your crockery with these fun tea towels. Pretty enough to put on display, they are also an eye-catching accessory to complement your kitchen decor.
7/9 Bold basketware
Sort and store magazines, bills and receipts in pretty baskets.
8/9 Dishy diaries
Make keeping appointments and lists fun by choosing calendars, notebooks and Filofaxes in zesty shades.
9/9 Painted chairs
A quick way to bring an instant lift to a kitchen is to paint the chairs. Use one colour for a matching set – or mix and match, so when you tire of a shade you can just paint the chair again.
Check out our video for Country Homes & Interiors' Editor, Rhoda Parry's 5 steps to the perfect country kitchen.
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Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years.
She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.
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