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Décor: So, Is Country Your Style?

If you can’t escape to the country, bring the cosy, laid-back English country to you
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 20-09-2021 15:40pm

1. Rural homes and period properties lend themselves particularly well to the country look. However, if you want to inject some charm and character into a modern home, consider stripping back the room to its bare essentials and exposing any original brickwork, floorboards or floor tiles, alcoves, architraves and chimney breasts. New builds can also create cosiness with slate or limestone flooring complete with underfloor heating, cabinetry with wooden or granite tops and a butler sink. Here, the exposed brick wall combined with recycled shelves, custom-built units from The Main Company, copper pans and pull-out wicker baskets give the kitchen an eclectic feel. Bespoke kitchens start from £12,000. 

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Kitchen by The Main Company

2. Smaller details can also make all the difference. Go for rustic nickel cabinet handles with a tarnished patina, enamelled or copper pendant lighting, traditional brassware and cookware and accessories with a classic style. The Nickleby design by Humphrey Munson is a modern take on the classic English style. With a soft grey palette and hand-cast antique brass hardware, it is designed to reflect the Georgian heritage of this property. Prices start from £35,000. 

Nickleby Kitchen by Humphrey Munson

Also, try accessories such as Le Creuset casseroles dishes, oversized wall clocks, pretty ceramics and add wooden platters and chopping boards. A rustic timber table and chairs will finish the look perfectly and create the perfect spot for the family to gather during mealtimes.

3. Choose appliances carefully – for those who long for the comfort and familiarity of the Aga, consider the hi-tech Aga Total Control, which runs on electricity and can be turned on and off at the touch of a button. For smaller city pads, the Aga City60 comes with either a gas or electric hob and a compact 60cm width. For built-in, Smeg’s Victoria collection includes single and double ovens and hobs with the same styling used on its range cookers. In this kitchen, a reclaimed York flat stone floor and an Aga contribute warm tones to this scheme by The Cheshire Kitchen Company. Lava black cabinets with a mixture of satin lacquer matt glass doors by German manufacturer Next 125 create a subtle interplay of texture, which is added to by a chunky polished quartz work surface. Prices start from £15,000.

Kitchen by the Cheshire Kitchen Company

4. Think about complementing the cabinetry with gadgets and gizmos rather than detracting from it. A sleek downdraft extractor hood and the latest cooking and cooling technology can all be hidden inside built-in appliances, and a discreet pop-up plug socket incorporated into an island unit. This is all subtle enough to enhance a scheme rather than overpower it.

Credit: Hayley Gilbert (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 242, June 2016. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication

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