These 10 English Country Kitchens Will Completely Charm You
Belgian farmhouse kitchens have attracted a robust following for their spare, rustic aesthetic. But British kitchens capture a similar kind of humble charm, and inject it with a ton of personality and yes, even eccentricity. More than just a spot for food prep, Brits decorate the kitchen as thoughtfully and completely as they would a living room. Click through to see some Anglophile kitchens that definitely give new meaning to Rule Britannia.
Let’s start with one of the front-runners when it comes to classic British country kitchens. deVOL is a master of not only authentic fittings, but savvy colors. This mix of salmon and green balances out to perfection. A folk art-style portrait and chandelier are unexpectedly pretty additions that inject whimsy.
Battered surfaces and vintage finds make this Brit kitchen a standout. Details like the herringbone floor, reclaimed pendants, vintage accessories and brass latches make it feel authentically period.
What could be more English than a well worn leather tufted chesterfield? This Papilio Bespoke kitchen in Devonshire doesn’t shy away from integrating pieces of furniture that are typically suited for libraries, so the owner can enjoy the view of the countryside while having a cuppa.
Another titan of the English country look, the superbly named Plain English makes functional spaces seem romantic. This kitchen’s medley of blues is a lesson in sophisticated layering, which contrasts the casually draped laundry line over the island. Surfaces such as the butcher block counter look better with wear and don’t require coddling.
In this kitchen, the genius lies in the mix. The faucet finishes are a combination of brushed brass and matte black. Even the countertops are a combo of wood and stone while the storage is a medley of open and closed options with old fashioned, apothecary-style glass drawers fronts.
Architectural features like exposed beams and trusses convey a ton of character, and display accessories such as baskets. Painting the chairs and legs of the dining table the same as the cabinetry paint color keeps the look cohesive. As for the window, it’s kept bare of drapery and accented by a simple canvas cushion on the window seat to highlight the purity of the architecture.
Nothing says Brit like Hunter wellie green. The brass rail on the picture shelf, filled with a quirky mix of art, is a fun design detail in this kitchen. A casual table instead of the standard island makes for authentically rustic dining.
Even a kitchen with a full wall of marble manages to feel warm with the addition of a collection of postcards, a stovepipe vent and comfy armchair.
This black beauty isn’t for the faint of heart, but you can’t deny the impact of a charcoal tone-on-tone kitchen (complete with an ebony Aga stove). The dark color makes the wood beams look richer, while burnished surfaces like the copper backsplash gleam and the light stone flooring pops in contrast.
Unfitted kitchens are a hallmark of country style. Here, a battered counter (left) and worn floorboards supply a sense of history. The farmhouse sink and bridge faucet are also classic touches. Showing off collectibles such as the ceramic canister set makes the space feel layered and personal.