Vernacular House UtilityCountry Kitchen, London
Cupboards painted in "PP11-12-13WA" (Oil Eggshell) by Paper and Paints.
Boarded wall panelling painted in "PP11-12-13AD" (Oil Eggshell) by Paper and Paints.
White farmhouse sink by Villeroy & Boch.
Tap in pewter finish by Perrin & Rowe.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Warm up your schemeAlthough this kitchen by British Standard by Plain English is already characterful, with its blue cabinets, tongue-and-groove splashback, and butler sink, it’s still a blank canvas without the accessories. The plates, wicker basket and – chiefly – that beautifully patterned rug are what bring it to life. The colours in the rug add real warmth to the cool tones of the cabinetry and tie in well with the wooden worktop. Note that this is a flatweave rug. This means it’s much easier to keep clean than a rug with a pile, since it won’t hold on to crumbs. That said, kilim rugs like this one, though usually hardwearing, typically can’t be cleaned in a washing machine. This means you’ll need to commit to frequent brushing or vacuuming, and sporadic spot-cleans and brief hose-downs outside to keep it spick and span.
Lay some rugsFloors at Charleston House were strewn with ethnic-style rugs. Often these would sit at the base of a chintz curtain and a patterned wallpaper, the styles mixing and melding into one. The rug here is a warm foil to the soft blue cabinets and floral blind. The group’s design studio, Omega Workshop, also produced rugs and textiles with more modern abstract designs, influenced by Cubist, Fauvist and post-impressionist artwork. Discover how to choose the right rug for your space
Dispense with wall cabinetsDon’t feel you have to fill every inch of the walls with cupboards. Do you actually need stacks of storage, or would a few floating shelves and a couple of base units do you just fine? If you don’t have tons of crockery and gadgets, then simply reducing the number of cabinets is an easy way to save money when planning your kitchen. A few well-positioned shelves can also give a feeling of space, and provide a place to create a cute display.