For a timeless and stylish kitchen, choose simple but beautifully crafted furniture, says Helen Parker, Creative Director at deVOL Kitchens
What makes a modern English country kitchen so universally appealing is that it is no longer a mass-produced, generic look. This style is now carefully considered, with beautiful, thoughtfully made furniture produced by people with design skill and vision, as well as a desire to create something with providence and soul. Whether you’re after a rustic country or modern country look, achieving it is all about opting for simple, stylish handmade designs.
Spend your money on really good cupboards – better to have fewer cupboards but top-notch ones – and add vintage pieces to help with your budget. Finding a quirky pantry cupboard, for example, can add individuality to the look of the room.
Never throw away things with style and memories – a beautiful old serving dish, a battered basket from a holiday in Provence or an old pine plate rack – these are what take ordinary to special in your new kitchen.
‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.’ I love this quote from Coco Chanel and it works not only for your wardrobe but for your home, too. Hold back when designing the elements of your kitchen and don’t be tempted to buy things to fill each and every space.
get the look
Combine pared-back Shaker-style units with free-standing cabinets, textured ceramics and beautiful glassware
- Bumble Stool, £320 for a pair, loaf.com
- Tuscan Farmhouse Marble Sink, £2,450, devolkitchens.co.uk
- Pewter and Brass Gaston Wall Light, £85, loaf.com
- Chedworth Wooden Storage Wall Unit, £109, thefarthing.co.uk
- Wells Bubble Vase in Recycled Glass, £24, gardentrading.co.uk
- Flummery Cabinet, £895, loaf.com