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In England’s green and pleasant land, nothing epitomises classic styling more than the English country kitchen. Always the hub of the home, the characteristic country kitchen offers a light and functional workspace created with natural materials such as wood and stone. In today’s modern world, the country style kitchen remains as popular ever and the combination of traditional materials with modern gadgets can result in the creation of a stunning space that will never lose its appeal.

Kitchen Units

For a long lasting, timeless country style kitchen the units simply have to be of wooden construction. Choose either shaker style doors or classically beaded doors for added interest, and if the look of solid oak is not to your taste, choose painted doors in shades of whites, creams, or  greens; look at Farrow and Ball’s colour schemes for ideas and inspiration. Consider opting for handmade freestanding units for a traditional feel.

Kitchen Worktops

The country kitchen is all about cooking and creating the most wonderful aromas; be it through baking, the Sunday Roast or the family dinner. It requires a worktop capable of taking a pounding on a daily basis without ever showing the strain, and for this reason it has to be granite. To achieve the classic look, opt for a dark granite such as Absolute Black or Black Star Galaxy to obtain a stunning contrast between worktops and units.

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Kitchen Flooring

A country kitchen floor must be extremely hardwearing and of natural materials. Wooden floorboards are a great option provided they are treated correctly to resist spills and stains. Granite or quartz floor tiles are ideal for busy family kitchens being not only durable and hardwearing, but easy to maintain and clean. If you are keeping the natural wood finish on your units keep granite floor tiles dark to tie in with works surfaces, or if you are opting for light painted units then flooring such as absolute black granite or Lapland quartz tiles work equally well.

The Kitchen Sink

A country kitchen is not complete without a Belfast sink. Choose a large ceramic Belfast sink set under the granite worktops with traditionally styled bridge mixer taps.

The Appliances

For a traditional country kitchen choose a classic Aga or Rayburn. Integrate all modern appliances such as the fridge and dishwasher into the units for uninterrupted styling.

Decorating Tips

Keep the walls light and fresh to make the most of any natural light. Choose classic colours such as Farrow and Balls Pointing, or one of the pale selection of Kevin McCloud’s Paint Selection for Farrow and Ball. Keep any tiling light and simple, choosing rectangular brick shaped tiles to maintain the traditional edge.

Kitchens expert Katherine writes for Discount Granite Direct and loves to see old kitchens given a new lease of life and become the central hub of the home, as they should be.