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How to Create an English Country Kitchen

Quintessentially English, the humble country kitchen is a look many aspire to. It’s a style that can be achieved in any property new or old even if you’re dreaming of the country farmhouse look with stone flags and wooden beams.

English country style kitchens have their origins in farming communities and rural cottages that dotted the English countryside hundreds of years ago. The style conveys a serene and homely feel, with attention to practicality and comfort.

If you love the sophisticated English country kitchen, scroll down to discover how to get the look:

Sophisticated cabinetry

Putting together a traditional kitchen begins with your choice of cabinet. You can find traditional designs in all of Wren’s collections to suit any budget. The Georgian, with its stylish molding, makes an elegant statement that looks right at home in homes of any era.

A Shaker kitchen is also a thing of beauty and will stand the test of time. This relaxed and refined style is perfect for the country kitchen particularly when painted in a palette of chalky, vintage hues from sea foam grey to olive green and buttermilk cream.

Fluted glass cabinet doors and open shelves filled with rattan baskets, sweet vintage teapots and galvanised milk jugs will enhance the English country style.

Mixing fitted and freestanding furniture such as solid oak dresser creates an authentic feeling for a country kitchen with timeless appeal.

Island life

An island adds to the feeling of grandeur in your kitchen whilst being extremely practical. It’s made up of a run of cabinets introducing more storage space as well as a seating area, working area and could also house the kitchen’s sink.

A butcher-top kitchen island is also another option and it’s really pleasing to the eye especially when designed with open end storage and a mix of worktop materials creating a real focal point in your kitchen.

Traditional colours

Want to create a cosy and warming country kitchen? We advise using warm neutrals and pastels to create a spacious, quintessential feel. The use of pastel hues in blues, greens, and pinks is a great way to create an English country feel that is a bit lighter and brighter.

Chic yet practical, olive green captures some of the natural beauty associated with the English countryside and brings it into your home. There’s no need to stop at one colour – create a contrast with another complementary neutral hue.

Have a larger space and plenty of light to play with? Opt for a darker shade yet in a traditional palette such as deep navy, drawing room green and rustic red.

Stately home worktops

For a real stately home look, a quartz or granite worktops are the only choice. A marbling effect adds a touch of luxury which can be continued through to your splashback. The cool white quartz sets off traditional colours perfectly such as navy blues and forest greens. And the nautral sparkles of granite creates a real statement.

Don’t forget to mix and match with a butcher style thick timber worktop on your island which can create a working zone area. Timber worktops can add a touch of warmth and in this type of kitchen, the chunkier the better for more appeal.

Classy finishing touches

Keep your theme running with hardware and faucets in glass, ceramics and warm metallics. Stylish chrome appliances including a hob and oven make the kitchen practical as it is beautiful.

Rustic cup handles and vintage chandeliers are also key in creating a sophisticated English country style kitchen.

Don’t forget to add English touches such as drying herbs on the pot rack and old crockery on the counters.

Add a country kitchen sink

A staple ingredient to create a country kitchen style is a Belfast or butler’s sink.

These are deep and well suited to everything a kitchen in a country home or farmhouse throws at it such as washing the dog, scrubbing vegetables and cleaning sizeable platter plates.

It’s a robust, practical workhorse for the kitchen that is easy to clean and looks stunning against darker cabinetry.

For a more modern take on the Belfast, why not opt for a black one that stands out against neutral units?

Looking for even more sink space? Why not consider a large double-bowl design!

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