If you’ve always lusted after a Plain English kitchen but couldn’t justify, or afford, the hefty £50,000 – £60,000 price tag, have I got news for you. The bespoke kitchen design and fit company now have a range called British Standard which means you can achieve the look without having to rob a bank to get it.
In the words of Katie Fontana, Creative Director of Plain English “We wanted to celebrate 20 years of Plain English by going back to basics and making cupboards that ordinary people can afford – ‘sensible cupboards at sensible prices’. We are also paying tribute to the British craftsmen of the past whose honest, unfussy but eminently practical designs provided the original inspiration for Plain English all those years ago.”
I kid you not. This beautiful Georgian inspired kitchen with handcrafted cupboards could be yours for around £400 per cabinet. Making the cost of an average sized kitchen, £7,000. All of the cupboards start as a blank canvas with an undercoat of Farrow and Ball ‘broken white’ eggshell, allowing you to customize them yourself. It also means that they can easily be changed with a lick of paint and different ironmongery when an update is needed, which is good for the environment and the bank balance!
You are then free to add your own luxury touches, like this Carrara marble worktop, copper sink, clean stainless steel taps and leather hand-pulls. And nothing says ‘bespoke’ like contrasting colours. Here they have used a deep navy and white, with Farrow and Ball’s Hague blue on the cupboards and a white lacquer on the larder space.
So by doing away with the extras that give Plain English its bespoke edge, British Standard can sell cupboards that are of equal quality but at a much reduced price.
And that gets my vote.