A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of Its Cottage Home

I love this calm and neutral kitchen. The owners wanted to retain the original character of a Victorian cottage and they have done just that. So, although this British Standard kitchen is brand new, it has a lived-in look and feel, that suits it’s surroundings. And the reason I’m sharing this today (apart from the fact that it’s beautiful) is because it can teach us a lot about keeping true to the history of a house whilst still updating it to suit modern living.

Existing Features

Existing features are always the first consideration when planning changes to a period house. The existing sash window here is obviously one of the the most endearing features of the room and has quite rightly been left alone and unadorned with just a simple roller blind. The chimney breast has also been left in situ, and clad with wood panelling. This is not original by the way. The owners really wanted wood on the walls, but couldn’t find any ‘off the shelf’. They searched high and low and in the end fell in love with some wood panelling that they found at Audley End stables. They took measurements and cut it themselves with a router out of 9 mm ply. Both the window and the wood-clad walls provide the perfect backdrop for the rest of the room.

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

Kitchen Cupboards

To continue the feel of a calm, unassuming country kitchen, cabinets were chosen for their simplicity, with traditional handles and draw-pulls in tarnished brass. Both the cabinets, and walls have been painted in Farrow and Ball strong white which is perfect for emphasising a period feel. The chimney breast has also been cleverly used to provide the perfect spot for tall wall cupboards. Not only do they provide pleasing symmetry, they also provide lots of storage space and a place to hide all of the things best not seen. I like the fact that they continue down to the worktop. They look more traditional that way and stop the accumulation of clutter that would no doubt end up in the corners.

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

Keeping it Simple

And quite rightly, everything else has been kept simple too. The worktop is 30 mm sycamore which was sourced from Goodtimber. Marble would have looked too ‘posh’ so wood was exactly the right choice. The taps are Perrin and Rowe bob taps. Beautiful and very traditional in brass. The lighting is an industrial machinist lamp from one of the owner’s favourite antique shops, Otto antiques. And it’s positioned exactly where it’s needed, right above the butler sink. The owners also really wanted to have a light floor but also wanted to retain as much character as possible so they sourced some reclaimed flooring from Lassco in London.

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

Sweating the Details

I imagine sourcing just the right accessories must have been a joy. It’s always my favourite part anyway. Nothing jars or looks out of place. From the row of copper pans above the gas hob, to the country style single shelf above the sink (complete with iron brackets), to the chunky wooden boards on the wall and the slightly crumpled linen towels.

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

Appliances

And just in case you think there are no modern appliances at all in this kitchen, I can tell you they are just well hidden. The tall cabinet housing the fridge-freezer and double oven certainly looks the part of an old-fashioned free-standing cabinet. And I’m really glad that they resisted the urge to ‘fill in’ either side of it too. Where else would you hang your ladles and hats?

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

All cupboards: British Standard Cupboards
Individual cupboards start from £465 per unit. An average sized British Standard kitchen costs in the region of £8,000.

A Calm and Neutral Kitchen That Retains The Character of It's Cottage Home

Photography by Alexis Hamilton

 

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4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kimberly Duran

    October 19, 2018

    Oh it’s gorgeous and you would never know it hasn’t been there for years! What a beautiful sympathetic design considering the age of the property with all the mod cons like hidden appliances. Really lovely space 🙂 xx

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      October 20, 2018

      Isn’t it lovely. I love how restrained it is. 🙂

  2. Reply

    Stacey Sheppard

    October 19, 2018

    I’m not really a massive fan of country kitchens but this is just divine. I love the contemporary spin they have put on it. I think my favourite thing about it though has to be how the cupboards come right down to the worktop. A multitude of sins and clutter can be hidden behind those doors! Wonderful!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      October 20, 2018

      I agree Stacey. Country kitchens can sometimes be a bit fussy, but this is simple and pared back. 🙂

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