Kay Ward: Transform your kitchen with Country style
PUBLISHED: 12:43 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:46 20 February 2013
Follow Kay Ward's simple style advice to achieve your dream country kitchen
A good-sized, welcoming kitchen is at the heart of any English country-style home. Whether you own a rose covered cottage or a city slick apartment, the good news is that with carefully selected cabinet styles and a few well-chosen accessories, its relatively simple to achieve that relaxed cosy look.
Start with your kitchen units: simple, Shaker style, wooden door fronts with large wooden knobs are classic country. If you arent buying new, simply sand down and repaint your cupboards in white, cream or pastel shades. A free-standing piece of furniture such as a dresser that allows you to display pretty crockery, or a larder cupboard with tall doors will add to that mismatched country style. A white pot butler or farmhouse sink is a must and will complement the look perfectly.
Replace tired worktops with a chunky wooden design but make sure you treat them with lavish coatings of danish oil to protect the surface. A traditional tiled or slate floor will complete the country-style look.
Earthenware crockery looks perfect displayed in a traditional plate rack or stacked high on the table alongside a jug of fresh cottage garden flowers for a relaxed dining feel. If you have the ceiling height, pans and cooking utensils look fabulous hung from a ceiling mounted pan rack or simply displayed on hooks on the wall.
Fabrics such as gingham, florals and polka-dots are perfect for window dressings, chair cushions and napkins etc. Use striking reds to contrast with the softer cream cabinets or for a more soothing feel to your room use fabrics in duck egg blue or pale greens.
Most importantly ... enjoy a glass of home-made lemonade and a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream to complete this look!