10 country kitchen ideas and interiors tips, by Emma Britton Decorative Glass Designer. Emma has created many beautiful glass splashbacks for country kitchens over the years, so has collated some of her favourite kitchen features for this journal post.
Country-style kitchens can work equally well in both period properties and cottages, and newer homes looking for a traditional aesthetic. A timeless kitchen look that will never date, and can be refreshed easily when needed with fresh paint and accessories. The country kitchen projects below all feature Emma’s patterned glass splashbacks, both from her design collections and bespoke splashback commissions.
Kitchen Ideas for a Country Home
1. Choose reclaimed or refurbished pieces for an authentic country kitchen look. For our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 we displayed Emma’s latest splashback design, Country Garden, alongside upcycled wooden worktops and a secondhand Belfast sink. Traditional features like these are made to last. Additionally, this is a more eco-friendly way of achieving a new kitchen look!
2. A farmhouse table is a staple for open plan kitchen-dining rooms and country kitchens, and ever so practical. Hardwearing and sturdy, a good quality wooden one will stand the test of time.
3. Country kitchens lend themselves particularly well to heritage appliances such as Everhots, AGAs and Rangemasters. Take advantage of their extensive colour palettes and pick a splashback in complimentary colours. The Bright Lights splashback design really sings alongside this mustard Everhot 60.
4. Plants feel right at home in a country kitchen, so try windowsill herbs that you can use when cooking or for garnishing drinks. Pops of greenery really help to bring the outside in.
5. A statement wall is a nice idea also. Do make a feature of exposed brick or stonework, especially if you have a period property. The contrast in surface texture of the red brick and glass splashback in this stunning farmhouse kitchen gives the space some real character.
6. For a look that’s really cohesive, accessorise with colourful kitchen textiles. Emma’s floral tea towels are always popular for customers with floral splashbacks, choose from Foxglove or Hydrangea. Two popular garden flower patterns that will certainly remind you of summer all year round!
More Country Kitchen Inspiration
7. Using downlighting in a cooker hood to illuminate your splashback really creates a focal point. Not only is this helpful when cooking, additional lighting adds ambience and draws the eye to your beautiful splashback.
8. A shaker style kitchen is of course an excellent choice for a traditional country look. Panelled cabinetry adds subtle detail for a look that’s timeless, versatile, and can be personalised with a beautiful glass splashback. The tones in the Willow & Red Admiral design harmonise beautifully with this sophisticated country kitchen – a great splashback for AGA and Everhot cookers in a variety of colours.
9. Add the finishing touches to your country kitchen with other heritage accessories, such as a stovetop kettle and traditional utensils. We love open shelving and curated displays of beautiful, functional objects.
10. Finally, if you are having a new kitchen, it’s a good idea to think about your splashback at the beginning of the process. Deciding on one of Emma’s splashback designs early on can help inform your choice on cabinetry, worktops and upstands.
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