Redoing a kitchen is a not for the faint-of-heart.
Once you’ve done some research and found a trusted contractor who’s a perfect fit, you have to decide on a design that suits your style.
One of the most popular styles for modern kitchens is a Traditional English motif.
Here’s what needs to be included in today’s twist on an English kitchen.
1. Unfussy is in
Set the perfect tone for an English-style kitchen with stone and marble.
Low-luster wood is also an essential part of this style.
The patina of reclaimed hardware, restoration glass, or unlacquered brass are perfect, too.
2. Keep it simple
A traditional English kitchen can certainly have some detail, but stay away from intricate molding.
English homes were designed with practicality in mind, even though other rooms of the house were decorated with more ornate details.
3. Stick with modest, muted, and clean paint colors
Paint color is one of the most important elements when you’re attempting to evoke a specific style or time period.
Domestic staff were the most common occupants of a home’s kitchen right up until the early 20th century.
The colors were subdued and more natural because the paint was colored with natural pigments.
To get the same effect in your new kitchen, paint your cabinets and walls a single color.
A matte finish is a must.
4. Functionality is the focus
Function always trumps form in a Traditional English kitchen.
A simple design that focuses on making your space user-friendly is essential.
5. Use furniture in place of cabinetry
One of the first things you consider when you’re in the designing phase of a kitchen makeover is the cabinets.
How many do you need on the top? On the bottom?
In a Traditional English kitchen, it’s a bit different.
To stick with the traditional look, buy a stand-alone cupboard to place on one side of the kitchen.
It acts as a statement piece AND serves a valuable function.
You could also try a full-height hutch or a shallow cabinet that can sit on the countertop.
Remember, it’s your space and it needs to suit your style.
Feel free to mix-and-match with the furniture and cabinetry.
6. An island is a must
You may think a kitchen island is a modern invention.
Actually, most English kitchens had a large center island that was used frequently for a variety of jobs.
In fact, the islands of today were actually inspired by Traditional English kitchens.
Ask the pros
One of the most important aspects of creating the new kitchen you want – no matter the style – is to work with experts.
A great contractor will give you access to a designer who can talk with you and ask the right questions to determine the style that’s just right for you and your space.
Do your homework. Read online reviews and ask to speak to former customers.
When you’re having tea and scones in your perfectly Traditional English kitchen, you’ll be glad you took the time to find a contractor that’s a perfect fit.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.