The PantryTraditional Kitchen, Wiltshire
Marc Wilson Photography
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Swap for a table insteadSometimes, a simple table can fulfil more useful roles in a kitchen than a built-in piece. As a work surface, it can occupy the same space as an island and be just as useful. Bear in mind, though, that as tables are lower, you may need to consider sitting to work at this spot. However, unlike a fixed island, you can reposition your table when needed and, of course, it’s there ready and waiting to host family meals and informal suppers, too.
Temper with timber Avoid an all-white kitchen washout by introducing worn wooden elements. Here, the salvage-style flooring adds personality, while a vintage-looking table takes the place of a kitchen island. Without these warm, rustic elements, the abundance of tiles and marble could result in a cold and clinical effect.
Call in a classicIt’s the simplest way to add a touch of timber to a room – a well-loved farmhouse table. This piece brings warmth to a cool, white kitchen, and works as an extra prep surface and for informal meals alike.
Go for glass cupboard doorsGlass needn’t be mirrored in order to provide light-reflecting qualities. The full run of wall cabinets in this bright kitchen are glass-fronted, the gleaming surfaces helping to throw the light around.
Give it a rustic feelWhite doesn’t have to be crisp and polished. Create a vintage feel in a modern white kitchen with distressed floorboards and reclaimed natural wood furniture.