ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR A CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY KITCHEN
Planning a new kitchen is an exciting time. It's one of the biggest investments you can make in a property, and making sure that you plan it out from the start is essential. There are some key elements which define the modern country style, and putting these in to your kitchen design will ensure that you are not disappointed with the results.
COUNTRY KITCHEN ESSENTIAL #1: FRAMED KITCHEN
Country kitchens should have framed (or 'in-framed') doors. This is a feature of traditional cabinetry and makes your kitchen look handmade, even if it isn't. If you can afford to have a hand made kitchen, then it is a worthwhile investment which will last you for years to come. If budget is more of an issue, you can still achieve the same look with this Carisbrooke kitchen above from Cooke & Lewis. I know this looks good in real life too- I have this kitchen in my home- although it looks more grey in our north facing kitchen.
COUNTRY KITCHEN ESSENTIAL #2: THE AGA
Image Courtesy of Mylands. Units painted in Ecclestone Pink
Ah yes, the Aga. Sadly, I don't have one of these, but they really are an iconic feature of a country home. Some people are put off of having an Aga because of the need to have it constantly on, and using the hotplates on the top. Happily, Aga now make gas topped ranges which look almost as good as the traditional version. A modern solution whilst keeping that great style.
COUNTRY KITCHEN ESSENTIAL #3: THE BUTLER SINK
Image by Cottage in the Hills showing Madelaine Lavender organic tea towel
The butler sink (so-called because the butler used to use this sink to wash the glassware in refined country homes) is another staple of the country home. They are really practical because they are larger than an average basin, they are easy to keep clean and they look incredibly stylish. You can buy double chamber basins too; great if you have a larger family.
COUNTRY KITCHEN ESSENTIAL #4: STONE FLOORING
Earthworks Abbey Greyfriars Limestone Flagstones by Original Style
Traditionally, country homes needed to have robust flooring to cater for the muddy boots and shoes which are part and parcel of country life. Stone flooring still looks great in a modern country scheme, and there are so many options available, from flagstones to limestone, slate and tiles. Stone floors are hard-wearing, durable, easy to clean, and of course, super stylish too.
COUNTRY KITCHEN ESSENTIAL #5: FARMHOUSE TABLE
In a country house, the kitchen is the hub of the home, and the kitchen table is a key piece of furniture. The kitchen table is where it all happens: where bread is kneaded, Christmas meals are shared, colouring is done, secrets are shared; it's nothing short of where family is formed. So it's important to choose a hard-wearing table which suits family life. The traditional country kitchen table usually has a wooden worktop with painted legs, like this Presto table from Loaf. More traditional refectory style tables look great in a larger kitchen too.
Including as many of these elements as you can will stand you in good stead for creating a dream contemporary country kitchen. I've incorporated 3/5 of these into my home, so a little room for improvement. How about you? Which elements do you have already, and what are you planning on including next? Let me know in the comments below.