Kitchen Tour: Modern Rustic Style in a Country Cottage Kitchen
Smart, uncluttered design and industrial-style detailing mean this is no ordinary Shaker kitchen
Who lives here A family of four
Property A 250-year-old cottage
Size 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
4m x 6m (at its widest parts)
Designer Tamsin Allen of Fawn Interior Design
Photos by Paul Stubberfield
“The whole modern-rustic look is becoming quite popular. It’s all very natural and soothing,” says Allen, who took on the task of turning a 30-year-old ‘shabby chic’ kitchen made up of grainy, cream units into something more functional and smarter. Unusually, the room is triple aspect, with plenty of natural light, so the combination of a low-beamed ceiling and dark green and grey units was perfectly viable. Even so, it was important to keep a balance with crisp white walls, free from cabinetry. “The owners didn’t want any top cupboards because they felt that would be too in-your-face,” says Allen.
Walls painted in Loft White, base cabinets in Obsidian Green and larder units in Scree, all Little Greene.
Next to the larder is a sleek American-style fridge-freezer. “It gives the kitchen a modern touch,” says Allen. “If it had all been integrated it might have been a bit too heavy, so this was a good compromise. Plus, the kids love the water and ice dispenser.”
Side by side fridge freezer, Maytag. Cast-iron radiator, Coventry Demolition Company.
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The electric Aga adds to the rustic look, but is finished with a thoroughly modern extractor. “We were really pleased with the cooker hood,” says Allen. “Before, the owners had a built-in chimney hood that was really heavy so we had that stripped out. This hood adds to the industrial feel.” Other details, including a swan hook in antique gold, add decorative appeal. “We thought it was a nice touch. Bringing in something metallic always luxes up a place.”
Six-Four cooker hood and 3-Oven Total Control electric cooker, Aga.
The Carrara marble worktops create a crisp contrast and help to lift the light levels in the kitchen. “The owners wanted something really luxe and marble is great. They can have it repolished every couple of years if they need to.”
Cabinets, Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch.
Industrial swing lamp and Pipe wall light, both House Doctor DK collection, Arbol House. White angle-mount wall light, TwentyTwentyOne. Barista Express Bean-to-Cup coffee machine, Sage by Heston Blumenthal collection, John Lewis. Kohler Purist black tap, Kitchensinks & Taps. Picture, RTA.
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