Laurent. Kitchen. November 02nd , 2017.
Rustic cream kitchen with Aga and freestanding furniture. This rustic farmhouse kitchen is the perfect mix of old and new. Fitted cupboards flank a traditional range cooker, which is tucked into an alcove. Wooden beams and walls are painted ivory to keep the look as light as possible and a freestanding sideboard is a great storage alternative to wall cabinets. A butcher’s block-style table makes a great centerpiece and is practical for everyday use.
Begin by separating your kitchen into different zones for cooking and work (food prep and washing). Your cooking zone includes your oven, hob or range cooker, an extractor fan and a microwave if you have one. Make sure this area is not in the pathway to a door or blocking the main thoroughfare through the room – handling hot cookware while people are trying to walk past you is a recipe for disaster.
If you’re going for an entirely black-and-white scheme, make one shade dominant rather than giving each equal prominence. A predominantly white scheme has fresh appeal, but don’t overlook the elegance of a dark scheme with hints of white. Alternatively stick to accessories for a softer finish. Monochrome works with all tones of timber, as well as greys and pure shades, such as emerald green.
Other things to consider include leaving enough space next to the hob for setting down pans, allocating an area for serving up dishes, and making sure there is enough space in front of the oven for the door to open unhindered - a minimum of half a metre is a must.
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