Start by picking a colour scheme – my favourite tones for creating a country look are soft ivories and champagnes coordinated with duck egg blues, sage or even a splash of Aubergine for a rich warmth. The softer base tones create a welcoming atmosphere, and are less harsh and vibrant than whiter, glossier tones. By incorporating a key focus colour as well, you can easily coordinate your accessories and soft furnishings to maintain a unified theme. Neutral shades usually work best to create a country look, however don't be afraid of a splash of colour on a run of units or feature wall to add another dimension to your design!
Don't worry about exposed brickwork or wooden beams – these will help create a homely feel, and if you're not a huge fan of the burnt orange brickwork, try whitewashing it to help tie it into your neutral design. Beams are fantastic for reinforcing the natural look, and can always be spruced up with a touch of varnish for a more prominent appeal.
Wood is the perfect material for your country kitchen worktops – it creates a natural look and is so easily coordinated with your colour scheme and décor style. Although you have to be a bit more careful with hot pans on this surface, it is cheaper than other worktops and easily maintained. It is also non-porous, making it a more hygienic choice – perfect for families! Take a look at our Kitchen Worktops Guide for a detailed inspiration and advice.
To keep your kitchen looking and feeling summer fresh throughout the year, experiment with floral patterns to brighten your kitchen, giving it the lure of a beautiful British meadow! Opt for subtle pastel shades and delicate patterns, like this stunning design from Laura Ashley – a great feature wall piece! (It's washable too – a perfect choice for a busy kitchen!)
Another great pick for the country kitchen is checks – think check tablecloths or check roman blinds for a splash of this rural pattern. Ian Mankin has a fantastic range of check patterns – perfect for creating your very own tablecloth or seat cushions!
This brings us nicely into my last pattern must-have for a country kitchen – birds. They're all over the style scene at the moment, and what better way to tweet into the summer months than with this delightful ceramic set from Linda Barker:
The Finer details – our picks…
These oven gloves couldn't get more 'country' if they tried! The colour is great and with the floral print too? Winner!
For country kitchen Pinspiration, head over to our dedicated 'Nature & Country Inspired' board and gather your favourite patterns and prints to complete your rural look