At the height of the summer when the sun is shining (we can but dream!) is the time when a modern contemporary kitchen comes into its own. Sleek lines, gleaming work surfaces and open plan spaces all add to that sense of freshness and airiness that we all love to enjoy on those long summer evenings. But as we roll towards winter it’s a more embracing environment that ticks all the boxes, a warm welcoming space full of rustic charm and cosy ambiance. We’re talking country kitchens, the heart of any home and a central meeting point at the end of the day to relax and breathe in those comforting aromas of winter fare!
(Brooklands, Ferndale Road, Rathmichael - Click here for more information)
BACK TO NATURE
In stark contrast to its contemporary counterparts the success of any country kitchen is in its wooden overtones. Most popular woods are maple, pine and oak, perfect in their original form but equally as aesthetically pleasing with a painted surface. That way you can still enjoy the texture and feel of your wood as the grain shines through and create that rustic feeling without feeling overpowered by too much natural wood.
(Mallardstown, Callan, Co. Kilkenny - Click here for more information)
The colour palette for a country kitchen should be at one with your environment so choose shades that reflect your natural surroundings. There’s a whole spectrum of hues, from the lightest shades of delicate green to the darkest tones of a deep rich brown, with everything in between, that all work perfectly together in any combination to introduce those comforting hues of mother nature.
(11 Fortfield Drive, Terenure, Dublin 6W - Click here for more information)
One of the most hardworking elements in any kitchen whether modern or contemporary is the kitchen sink. But just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it needs to be ordinary. A key component of a country kitchen is the sink, by implementing a Belfast sink into your design, with its deep and wide porcelain bowl you bring into focus your country theme.
(1a Chester Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 - Click here for more information)
OUT OF SIGHT
We would all be lost without our modern appliances - built to make our lives that much easier - but when it comes to rustic charm they may present a challenge! Choose integrated appliances that will sit comfortably in any kitchen and match your door panels/fronts to complement your design.
(Straide House, 2 Ailesbury Drive, Ballsbridge - Click here for more information)
TAKE A SEAT
This is where you create the heart of the kitchen - the eating area -where you gather with family and friends. It’s also an area where you can get the look you’re going for at relatively little cost. Take a visit to your local charity shop or local auction house and you could pick up a weathered table and chairs for a song. Think spindle back chairs and upcycling. While they may take a little imagination, it’s amazing what a good sanding down and a coat of chalk paint can do!
(22 Wilfield Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4 - Click here for more information)
(Lackenash, Barnhill Road, Dalkey - Click here for more information)