Kitchen shelving with folky prints
Layer up different patterns for a unique look. Wallpaper the back of cupboards or shelving with two colourways of a folk-inspired design – it’s a great way to show off collections of handmade ceramics and pottery.
Give a modern kitchen extension a period feel with a false chimney breast and lintel. This one also conveniently hides the extractor. Other modern touches are more obvious such as the sleek worksurface on the island and the seamless undermounted sink.
Frame a range cooker with splashback tiles that pick out the colour of your cooker while providing contrast at the same time. Bespoke oak cabinets give the solid feel you’d expect from a country kitchen, while various trinkets make the space homely.
Go for classic country ingredients, such as a honey-coloured units, an Aga and a deep butler sink. Useful bits and bobs have been left out on display to create a lived-in look – the inset shelf is ideal for keeping things on show but out of the way.
Mix modern and traditional materials. The key to contemporary country style is to combine rustic wood and rough-hewn surfaces with modern finishes, such as black granite and polished steel. Think about sociable set-ups, too. Here, the huge worktop on the island positively encourages people to sit and chat.
Take a modern approach to decorating a country kitchen with a grey and white palette commonly found in Scandinavian decor. Natural materials, such as the granite and wood worktops, tie in perfectly with this Nordic take on the scheme. This kitchen has nothing superfluous about it, and is meticulously planned to ensure easy access to cabinets and plenty of space to move around the island.
Go for simplicity in a country kitchen. Vibrant colours and exotic tiles definitely have their place, but here all that’s needed is a pale-blue painted wall to jazz the look up. After all, the wooden beams are such a key part of this space that it’s best not to detract from them. Honey-coloured wooden units are another appropriate choice for a farmhouse kitchen, both for style and practicality.
Stick to traditional fittings and fixtures, such as this gorgeous, original heavy-set sink. Here, it’s been paired with reclaimed tiles to keep the ‘recycled’ theme running throughout the washing area and adds a beautifully classic feel to the whole kitchen. The mirror opens up the room, while a battered finish on the wall paint adds to the rustic appearance of the scheme.
Bert & May
Keep the rustic theme going when it comes to your crockery. If you have the space, these practical items look beautiful on show as part of the decor. A collection of pottery in various shapes and sizes makes an appealing display on a rustic dresser, with a contemporary take on classic jute chairs bringing the look up to date.
Spruce up a country home with a painted kitchen that’s both modern and classic. Create fresh, rustic charm by painting Shaker-style cabinetry a soft mossy green and keep walls clean with a metro-tile splashback. Complete the streamlined storage with chrome details, such as these vintage-style brushed-metal drawer pulls.
Use every bit of space for something useful for beautiful. This mounted deer head above the door contrasts nicely against the white cabinets and stripped back wood of the floorboards and doors. Antler mounts run throughout the house, adding to the country home theme.
The owner kept the low-ceilinged room light and bright with crisp white walls and neutral features. Rustic additions, such as the rusty radiator and the stripped-back cupboards, add character, while modern features such as the range cooker, add a sense of comfort and luxury.
Add character to a neutral kitchen with rustic reclaimed wood panelling. Here the weathered wood makes a great country-style alternative to splashback tiles above the range cooker, and complements the distressed wood kitchen cabinets. A vintage-style sign adds a decorative touch.
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Display kitchenalia in a quiet corner and bring in the Christmas spirit. Even the humblest of items can be given a special Christmas touch. These wooden chopping boards are stored on kitchen hooks so they’re easy to find and put away – but add a few shiny decorations, such as this bunch of glittery acorns and a sparkly bauble, to catch the light and you have instant Christmas in the kitchen.
Marks and Spencer
Turn kitchen storage into a drinks station. A pretty kitchen dresser filled with favourite festive tipples, sparkling glass and cocktail accessories makes an enticing bar area, while a scattering of baubles adds to the celebratory mood. The cranberry-coloured glass, silver details and white china feel super festive, while tealights add a warm and welcoming glow for guests.
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Traditional cabinets painted in a soothing, soft green contrast beautifully with chic industrial pendant lighting in this family country kitchen. The classic country house style is given a New England twist with vintage red decorations and candy canes. Smooth natural wood features add to the fun eclectic mix, while marble worktops and stone flooring make upmarket finishing touches.
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Make yourself comfortable on a winter’s evening in an armchair wide enough for curling up in and plenty of country-style cushions. This cosy kitchen reading corner has subtle sparkle with its sequinned throw and touches of warm reflective copper from a pan of mulled wine brewing on the stove. The bare branches of winter trees create a geometric pattern perfect for a cushion fabric; add rusty tones in stripes and hexagons to keep the look fresh and contemporary.
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Be inspired by this country kitchen design, where the storage and prep space has been placed in the centre of the room. There are no walls cabinets or tiled areas, and instead colourful paintings keep this country kitchen feeling light and spacious. The simple colour scheme lends a classic feel to this farmhouse kitchen.
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Give your kitchen dining space a rustic country feel no matter where you are. This substantial cream dresser creates a light contrast to the beautiful natural textures of the wooden table, while aged brass accessories add charm.
Opt for a classic range cooker for the heart of your home. Here an Aga has been teamed with a cream cooker hood, which complements the classic neutral kitchen units. A stone tiled floor adds to the rustic country kitchen look.
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John Lewis of Hungerford