Ideas to Steal from a Timeless British Kitchen

Ideas to Steal from a Timeless British Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
May 6, 2015
(Image credit: British Standard)

Do you prefer a more modern or a more traditional look in your kitchen? If you had trouble answering the question, we've got the perfect inspiration space for you. This kitchen combines elements of the old and the new for a kitchen that's the best of both worlds. Here are a few ideas you can steal for your own space.

(Image credit: British Standard)

1. Dark cabinets.
Aren't these deep blue cabinets gorgeous? They definitely give the space a little extra presence and depth, but since only the lower cabinets are painted, the kitchen doesn't feel heavy. They're painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Hague Blue', a color that defies expectations a bit — depending on the light it can read as a very dark navy, almost black, as royal blue, or even as a lighter navy with aqua-ish, maritime hints.

2. A tall marble backsplash.
The marble cabinets and backsplash are the perfect counterpart to those dark cabinets. I love how they've added a single open shelf, even with the bottom of the range hood, and taken the marble backsplash all the way up to it. It's an especially striking look that allows the light, delicately veined marble to really shine.

(Image credit: British Standard)

3. Attention to details.
Even in a kitchen, where the big things (cabinets, appliances, countertops) are the first thing you notice, attention to detail matters. Some standout details in this kitchen include the minimalist drawer pulls, a lovely counterpart to the more traditional cabinets, and the leather handles on the pantry cabinet opposite.

4. A mix of old and new.
I love how this kitchen boldly combines elements of both modern and traditional kitchens. The style of the faucet is very old-school, while the range hood is sleek and modern. And the style of the cabinets is traditional, but the treatment above, with the single shelf, adds a modern twist. I think it's the colors that make it all work — the theme of dark hues below, white and silver above act as a sort of unifying twist. The one exception is...

(Image credit: British Standard)

5. That copper sink.
Approach the kitchen sink and you'll get a beautiful surprise — the warm glow of copper. Having a sink this beautiful might even be the inducement you need to do the dishes right away.

6. A rough wood floor.
Flooring matters so much to the overall look of a kitchen. This rough, beautifully aged wood flooring is the opposite of what you'd expect in a kitchen, but it adds so much warmth and texture and really contributes to the old-world feel. You could get the look with reclaimed flooring, or shop around a bit to find a new floor that will give you the same look, without having to sweep crumbs out of pesky knotholes.

You can see more photos of this kitchen on the website of the cabinetmaker, British Standard.

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