The subtle shelf above the cooker almost goes unseen and gives a lightness to the design which is what makes it so pleasing to look at, we all know it’s what you leave out that makes the difference but sometimes it’s hard to actually follow this rule in a big family kitchen where there is always just so much stuff. The soft dark paintwork, aged brass taps and subtle brass door furniture look classic and understated, nothing is too much here and that’s what makes it perfect, the combination of new and old styling and design in just the right quantities.
Combine vintage and retro pieces for a characterful, laid-back look. They don’t have to be kitchen units as such – look for oversized buffet tables, consoles and generous butcher’s blocks at antiques fairs. Feel free to mix eras and styles then paint them all to match. Combine fitted wall and base units with one or two freestanding statement pieces to enjoy the best of both worlds. Elegant larder cupboards, display dressers and sideboards are all great for bringing the relaxed freestanding look to an otherwise fitted kitchen.