Country kitchen decor
WHETHER SUBTLE OR VIBRANT, A LITTLE PATTERN WILL BRING
INDIVIDUALITY AND COLOR TO YOUR COUNTRY KITCHEN DECOR
There’s been an explosion of surface pattern in fabric and wallpaper collections over the past 12 months and there's now a fresh move towards using decorative schemes on more permanent fixtures in the country kitchen decor. Designers of furniture, sinks, flooring and appliances are all being a little more adventurous. The country kitchen is often the soul of our homes.Patterned surfaces transmit a good feeling, so why shouldn't we also find them in our kitchen? Here are few country kitchen decorating tips and ideas.
CASE STUDY: HAND-PAINTED FINISH FOR COUNTRY KITCHEN
Jennifer Goulding and her husband Andrew were so delighted with the renovations to their Lake Windermere holiday home in Cumbria that they've made it their permanent residence. The country kitchen, with views across the lake, was inspired by the work of local Victor Ian landscape
architect Thom as Mawson, renowned for delicate pergolas and his ability to blend architecture with its natural surroundings.
Following his lead, we used very delicate furniture with natural wood elements and soft paint finishes such as Sage Green and Linen. Chalon’s in-house artist has decorated the Housekeeper's Cupboard (far left) with a delicate floral relief from the company's standard portfolio, but since it's painted by hand, without stencils, customers can have virtually any decor. You can repeat parts of the pattern on other cabinets but remember to keep the look elegant rather then busy.
COUNTRY KITCHEN COOKERS
Many companies produce limited-edition patterned designs for their range cookers. At Aga pottery designer Emma Bridgewater has added her trademark polka dots to help celebrate the
company’s 300th anniversary. Interior designer Nina Campbell has created a wisteria design for Britannia, while Rangemaster's Excel Floral collection features gerberas, orchids and wild flowers.
FABRIC PRINTS for you country kitchen decor
One of the easiest ways to introduce pattern into your country kitchen design is through fabrics and textiles. Choose washable or stain-resistant curtains and blinds for windows in close proximity to the sink, a good range of ticking and check oilcloths that have been treated with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean surface. Mixing spots and florals in complementary colors provides a modem update to the country look.
Country kitchen decorating tips and ideas
Commissioning an artist to create a bespoke design isn't cheap but guarantees an original design feature. Most artists can offer ideas and inspiration while bespoke kitchen makers often have preferred artists or even an in-house artist who will help realize your dream. Bespoke tile designers can often be commissioned to work on cabinetry.
A patterned relief on pure white ceramic brings subtle country kitchen design interest to this classic butlers sink by Villeroy & Boch. Available in single and double-bowl models with chrome waste, the sinks have an elegant filigree pattern with a shiny pearl finish. For a more textural pattern try Brass & Traditional Sink's Etienne and Chateaux apron-fronted copper sinks, which have a rugged hand-pummeled patina.
FRIDGES AND FRIDGE-FREEZERS
Choose appliances sporting floral patterns, spots and stripes. Maytag s American-style fridge-freezers are available with a trim kit that allows you to slot in your own panels for endless design options. It can support any panel up to a depth of 6 mm. from decor panels in striking colors and fun family photos to discreet veneered panels that blend in with kitchen cabinets. Or you can find it on ebay.
Here is another useful country kitchen decorating tips and ideas. A splash of vibrant wallpaper, even
on a very small area, will bring your kitchen to life. Protect papered areas that come into direct contact with water with toughened glass, or seek cut hard wearing designs with vinyl or gloss finishes. If you want to use regular wallpaper, add a coat of Protective Decorators Varnish.
The space between worktop and wall cabinets is ripe for country kitchen design. Experiment with colors, patterns and materials to make the most of the opportunity. Choosing waterproof finishes such as glass or ceramic tiles is paramount and it's also wise to keep the finish of the kitchen cabinets plain and simple to avoid a migraine. You can also buy single splashback panels with floral designs to fit between your cooker and hood.