Country kitchens: how to master this trend in time for spring

Nothing turns a house into a home like a cosy country kitchen. These classic household hubs have brought us much-loved features like gingham fabrics, wicker baskets and wooden surfaces that have long stood the test of time. This spring, bring a touch of country style to your kitchen with our top design tips.

Country colours

While white remains a popular base for a spacious kitchen, designers are increasingly bringing more colours into this practical space. Among its 2018 trend predictions, colour expert Pantone sang the praises of ‘verdure’. It's a mix of veg-inspired hues like 'celery' and 'foliage' with rich pops of berry purples and blues. These colour combinations work well with exposed wood and are perfect for a country kitchen.

Heavy metal

Exposed wood, whether on surfaces, floors or beams, is a mainstay of the country kitchen. Now riveted copper and other rustic metals are making a comeback, too. Born out of the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement, artisans proudly sold hand-beaten metalwork as an antidote to mass production. Today, a metal oven hood, copper kettle or tabletop works just as well for rustic kitchens as for industrial apartments.

Focal features

If you’re renovating or remodelling your whole kitchen, take the opportunity to build around a bold focal feature. That could mean installing a range cooker or AGA, or bringing in well-crafted solid oak furnishings. Choosing the right feature can also increase your property value. A recent survey found that 38% of buyers think an AGA makes a property more desirable.

Household history

Once the big picture is in place, it’s time to have fun with the details. Take advantage of the season by bringing your spring garden indoors with planters of fresh herbs for your shelves or windowsills. Then add some timeless antique kitchenalia like scales, a pestle and mortar, fruit bowls and water jugs. It’s a great excuse to scour car boot sales and antique fairs for hidden gems.