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5 ways to create a country-cottage style kitchen

Add some cheer by turning the heart of your home into a rustic haven
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 01-02-2022 09:50am

Want to update your kitchen – but not sure how? Whether you live in a rural area or in the heart of the city, there are endless ways to incorporate a hint of country-cool into your kitchen: from full-on overhauls to barely-there changes.

1. First of all: utilise your space fully
Make the most of every nook and cranny of your kitchen. The key to the look? Perfectly ordered clutter, visibly displayed on work surfaces, shelving areas, window sills... We're talking lots of stuff, everywhere – think saucepans, crockery, utensils – but neatly organised. Create statement arrangements: for example, make a feature out of that gorgeous collection of vintage plates you sourced on eBay that time!

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The Milford kitchen from the Town & Country collection by Mereway Kitchens

2. Look up
Position shelves above your work surfaces to add to the artistically-cluttered feel of your space; also, consider suspended displays of saucepans and utensils. Go full-hog and string ropes of herbs over low-hanging beams for the ultimate in throwback country-cottage charm.

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The Artisan range with in-frame door style and tongue-and-groove side panels, Credit: John Lewis of Hungerford

3. Opt for cool colours
For a more modern, Scandi-inspired take on the trend, pick a pale colour scheme: think hazy pearl hues, barely-there creams or gentle shades of grey. Contrast with bold details, such as decadent metallic cupboard handles.

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Natural oak veneer cabinets hand-painted in Meadowsweet and Woodrush. Credit: Tom Howley

4. Or on the flipside – bold shades
Rich, warm colours can feel a little overwhelming: if you've got a smaller kitchen, opt for a single accent wall, rather than coating the whole room.

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Credit: British Standard by Plain English

5. Incorporate rustic design details
We love this idea: turn your kitchen into a pseudo log-cabin by decorating the walls with floorboard-style pieces. For added finesse, match them to your floor! If the prospect seems a little daunting but you love the look, find a wallpaper that will help you simulate the style without having to get the hammer and nails out...

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The Chichester kitchen from Neptune

Read more:
7 alternative wall finishes to use in your kitchen
3 kitchens that stay true to their materials

NEXT! Browse the moodboard below and start designing your own dream country-cottage kitchen...

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