Kitchens: Deliciously Dark and Full of Rustic Touches

The copper sink - so warm and glowing against these dark colours - plays on the traditional kitchen style

It's always lovely to see a kitchen that is sympathetic to its setting

It’s always lovely to see a kitchen that is sympathetic to its setting. We all want to live with a modern kitchen and all of its conveniences, but sometimes shoehorning shiny sleekness into a period room just jars. Sometimes it works, but often I just think that it’s a shame not to play up the natural features and create more atmosphere. This Shaker Kitchen display at the deVOL Cotes Mill headquarters shows us all how it could, and should be done.

Shaker range of kitchen cupboards have been painted a delicious black

The Details

The walls have been painted in Farrow and Ball Charleston Gray to give the room a calm and soft feel. The wooden floor looks as if it has been there forever, complete with scuffs and a wonderful ‘polished over the centuries’ shine. And the standard Shaker range of cupboards have been painted a delicious black. Now named Printers Black. Complete with a black range.

The copper sink - so warm and glowing against these dark colours - plays on the traditional kitchen style

The copper sink – so warm and glowing against these dark colours – plays on the traditional style. And it faces the lovely window with its views out over the countryside. The quartzite worktop brings to mind ‘real’ cooks rolling out the pastry and the artisan cup handles, wooden Bum stool and simple pendant lights all add to the simple country style.

the artisan cup handles, wooden Bum stool and simple pendant lights all add to the simple country kitchen style.

Tips to Take Away

Kitchens don’t have to consist of wall to wall cupboards. Especially country kitchens. Leave a space for some rustic touches that entice you to linger longer and that encourage the family to gather.

Leave a space for some rustic touches in a country kitchen that entice you to linger longer and that encourage the family to gather

I think this little table under the window would be my favourite place to be. Softened with a lace runner and a vase of flowers collected from the hedgerows, it would be the perfect spot for a quiet read and a cup of tea. The battered leather armchair in the corner would get lots of use in between chores and is handy for guests to sit and chat while work is going on. An old wooden ladder has been put to use for drying tea-towels and old apothecary jars have been re-purposed for herbs jars and utensil holders.

apothecary jars have been re-purposed in this kitchen for herbs jars and utensil holders

The Mill House Kitchen by deVOL

 

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18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Arianna

    May 8, 2017

    You’ve just feature my dream kitchen. Dark tones with beautiful light worktops. One day 😉 xxx

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      deardesigner

      May 8, 2017

      I’m sure you’ll get it one day xx

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    Fresh Design Blog

    April 25, 2017

    What a lovely kitchen, it’s a got a great balance between dark colours and rustic materials.

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      That’s what drew me to it Rachel. x

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    Maxine Brady

    April 25, 2017

    OH MY Kitchen Goals right now. I would love to have a desk in my kitchen. Be so lovely to write away in the hub of my home.

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      Right next to the coffee machine too 🙂

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    April 25, 2017

    What a beautiful colour palette. Very relaxing. Love the mix of marble, rustic floorboards really helps to soften that printers black. So nice!

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      Glad you like it Karen 🙂

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    Kate

    April 24, 2017

    Love the black/grey/rustic wood combo here x

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      Me too hun x

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    Geraldine

    April 24, 2017

    Looks beautiful. Very warm and inviting.

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      Exactly my thoughts G x

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    Cate

    April 24, 2017

    I love the black units, a lovely contemporary take on the shaker style, brings it right up to date xxx

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      deardesigner

      April 25, 2017

      It does, doesn’t it Cate x

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    karen jones

    April 24, 2017

    I love this ! I am currently toying with the idea of replacing my kitchen cupboards with black ones. This style would work really well in my kitchen. xx

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      deardesigner

      April 24, 2017

      I’m surprised Karen! Loving white as you do. I say go for it. 🙂

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    Old fashioned susie

    April 24, 2017

    Stunning and right up my street, great to mix it up in this type of kitchen

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      deardesigner

      April 24, 2017

      I agree. I just want to move in 🙂

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