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Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 11th September 2017
This month we’re looking at the enduring trend for Country Farmhouse kitchens. These classic styles are always in fashion, and they can be used to complement period properties as well as to bring charm and character to a modern new-build. Cabinetry tends to be painted or natural wood with in-frame doors that can be as simple or as detailed as you like. A fuss-free door panel offers a modern take on the Shaker style, which is a popular choice amongst homeowners looking for the perfect balance between classic and contemporary design.
Pastel finishes help to soften the look whilst adding a splash of colour – think pale blues, greens and even pinks – while a stronger shade such as graphite grey, charcoal or petrol blue looks stunning teamed with crisp white accent units and freshly painted walls. If you are planning a kitchen for a cottage, barn conversion or other traditional setting, try to work with any architectural features such as ceiling beams, alcoves and pillars. A bespoke kitchen will be tailor-made perfectly to suit the space and can include innovative and space-saving storage as well as slimmer depth and narrow units.
A splash of masonry paint will transform exposed brick walls into something fresh and contemporary while leaving them in their natural state will create a more industrial look. Wooden floorboards can be stripped and sanded or painted using specialist floorboard paint. For professional cooking results and the perfect centrepiece to your Country Farmhouse kitchen, the Classic range cooker from Rangemaster is just the thing. In 90cm, 100cm and 110cm widths as well as a choice of fuel types – induction, ceramic, dual fuel and gas – it’s available in cream, cranberry or black and offers all the features and functions you need for family mealtimes and entertaining at home.
Giving the Country Farmhouse style a modern update, simple freestanding cabinetry with a slick in-frame door and matt painted finish works beautifully with a statement range cooker in a dramatic black finish. Rangemaster’s Elise 110 is a dual fuel model, which comes in black, cherry red, cream, white, slate, china blue or stainless steel. Combine with natural timber worktops, a butler sink and iridescent brick-style wall tiles for style with added substance. Stone floor tiles are great for hardworking kitchens and can be teamed with underfloor heating to prevent chilly toes in the winter months. A large format floor tile is ideal for small areas, as fewer grout lines creates an illusion of space. A grey grout that matches the tile will also keep its looks for longer.
Credit: Fired Earth
Another popular option for a more classically styled kitchen is the Professional Deluxe from Rangemaster. The 90cm wide model shown here is dual fuel with Rapid Response for a faster heat-up time, multifunction oven, Handyrack and new Catch-rite™ stainless steel door fixture that will last for over 50 years.
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Give your kitchen a touch of Country Farmhouse chic with our pick of the latest accessories and finishing touches
Rangemaster has a wide range of fireclay ceramic sinks that will complement wooden worktops and painted cabinetry perfectly, including this double bowl Belfast design, shown with the Aquaclassic 2 tap.
Eastnor Stripe tablecloth, £40, and four napkins, £20, www.cottageinthehills.com
Botanic oven glove, £17, www.tch.net
Bread bin, £28, www.gardentrading.co.uk
Victoria And Albert Alice in Wonderland three-tier cake stand, £40, www.creative-tops.com
Blue Ground No 210 emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, www.farrow-ball.com