I’ve lived in the Cotswolds all my life and after long day out in the countryside and the fresh air, there’s nothing better than to retreat home, greeted by the smells of home cooking, kicking off your wellies and relaxing round the kitchen table, eagerly awaiting the meal to come.
In all walks of life, the kitchen can be the hub of a home and the typical country style kitchen optimises this warm relaxing family area.
So how can you recreate this look and feel in your home?
If you are thinking of replacing your existing kitchen and going for the country look, then look no further. Shaker doors -handmade in our Gloucestershire factory, this design has been around since the 18th Century so is sure to never fade from style.
You also have the option of building them inside a frame which gives the effect of individual pieces of furniture.
Doors left bare in solid hardwoods like Pippy Oak, Maple or Walnut and finished with Danish Oil or for a smoother look, hand painted country colours like ‘Moles Breathe’ or ‘Pigeon’ – Farrow & Ball.
The Belfast Sink was pioneered by Shaws of Darwen over a century ago and when teamed with a curved Bridge Tap, create a winning formula for style and practicality.
Having a bespoke pantry style larder incorporated into the design of your new kitchen will give you extra storage without compromise. Internal door racks help you tidy away your jars of homemade chutney and herbs, ensuring smaller items aren’t lost in the back. Pull out baskets, shelves and bottle racks complete this all for one storage unit.
The soft hues of these Craven Dunnill Crackle Ware tiles will go beautifully with natural or painted wood finishes. And for the floors, natural limestone or these Malvern Stone porcelain tiles bring a touch of earthy Cotswold texture indoors.
But have no fear. If the prospect of a complete kitchen re-do is far from your mind or budget, the county style kitchen look and feel can still be achieved.
Open displays of plate ware and crockery, freshly cut flowers and waxed gingham table clothes, warm, welcoming and comfortable is all you need to turn the centre and most used room in your house into country feeling bliss!