Classic country kitchen features combined with modern technology create a highly sophisticated take on the rustic farmhouse kitchen. Gone are the days of stiff or stuck drawers and swollen or sagging cupboard doors that don’t quite close. The contemporary country kitchen maintains modern standards of functionality while oozing timeless rustic charm.
“Kitchens are one of the most expensive areas of the home to renovate” says Wayne Dance, managing director of InHouse Inspired Room Design. “They can make or break the sale of a home, so it is worth considering future buyers when designing a new kitchen. The classic country kitchen is not dictated by trends, and creates the perfect blank canvas to personalise with accessories, furniture, appliances and artwork. If you want to create your dream modern kitchen while adding value to your home, the contemporary country kitchen is a great contender.”
The best kitchens create endless pleasure through well designed layouts, high quality materials and innovative technology. From whisper-silent, easy glide drawers to high load capacity pull outs, height adjustable units and soft-closing cupboards, modern technology can totally transform how it feels to engage with a space, reaching far beyond the visual elements of the traditional country kitchen.
A traditional country kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of open shelving. Free-standing cottage-style china cabinets or dressers offer the habitual way to store ceramics and other objects, but they can dominate the room and take up huge amounts of space. Instead incorporate a hint of classic design with wall-mounted open shelving and built in hanging rails to keep frequently used items to hand.
Creating a relaxed and friendly farmhouse look is all about the details. While it’s really important to select the right kitchen furniture, don’t forget to be creative with flooring. Zones or areas of patterned tiles are great to inject additional life and colour into your kitchen without overpowering it. Hand painted designs instantly create rustic charm and can be applied as both a floor covering or as part of a backsplash. Fill shelves and surfaces with handmade ceramics and pots of flowers for the ultimate country kitchen look.
Kitchens shown are part of the Schüller C range. Schüller Möbelwerk KG was founded in 1965 in Franconian Herrieden, Germany, and designs and produces high-quality kitchens for national and international markets. Learn more at www.inhouseltd.co.uk.