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.
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.
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.