However, there are ways you can modernise the look to bring it up to date with modern trends, to get the best of both worlds. Here are some ideas and tips to be thinking about as you come up with your design:
Pare down fussy detailing. This doesn’t mean taking all of the country out of your country-style kitchen, but it does mean streamlining and simplifying to create a more modern design. Keep fussiness and unnecessary flourishes to a minimum and stick to clean lines where possible.
Use colour, but keep it below eye level. Colourful kitchens are all the rage these days, with more people starting to think outside of the box when it comes to cabinet colours. Rather than traditional whites, creams, woods and blacks, cabinets are powder blue, aubergine, teal green or mustard yellow. The key to using these bold colours in a country style kitchen is not to go too bright and to keep bright colours below eye level. So, if your kitchen fitters are putting in bright units below, keep the walls and cupboards above nice and neutral.
Make a statement with a larder cupboard. If you’re a little nervous about using bright colour but you need a way of bringing your country kitchen into the modern age – the perfect way to do it is with a statement larder cupboard. If you have the space, a freestanding or built-in larder in a fun colour can be both incredibly useful and a great aesthetic feature.
Go for metallic finishes. Metallics are another huge kitchen trend, and one that goes great in country-style kitchens. Look at metallic sinks, taps and light fittings, with bronze and copper being particularly on-trend.
Don’t forget the character details. You may have pared down the fussy details, but you still need some character in your country kitchen to give it some personality. Simply touches like the occasionally turned end column or an in-built two-tier plate rack will do the trick, or perhaps even a statement antique dresser.
Choose a beautiful wood worktop. One of the very best things about country-style kitchens is the lovely natural materials they tend to incorporate. This is the area where spending a little money on the materials and worktop fitting is really important – choose a stunning wood worktop and make it the best feature of the room.
Consider open shelving. Open shelves instantly modernise a space, but they may not be practical everywhere in your new kitchen – so you can simply place a few here and there for both convenience and aesthetic appeal.
If you need help designing or fitting your modernised country-style kitchen, A&J Kitchen fitters have the expertise and knowledge to provide you with sound advice and a range of exceptional quality, affordable services.