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British Country Kitchen Ideas To Inspire You

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Trinkets, antiques, and memories are key to creating your perfect country kitchen

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On the hunt for that quintessentially British country kitchen? Look no further…

British Country Kitchen Ideas To Inspire You

What first comes to mind when you think of a British country kitchen? Maybe it’s the Weasley’s kitchen in Harry Potter, with its nostalgic cosiness: bric-a-brac and trinkets lining the shelves, knitted jumpers slung over a chair, a cup of tea with the teaspoon stirring independently.

For us, the perfect country kitchen is precisely when it’s not perfect. It’s laissez-faire, full of collectables, stories and memories all crammed together in a beautifully chaotic way. It’s spending most of the winter drinking cups of tea after sitting on the floor by the Aga, with a tea towel drawn down so you don’t completely burn your back. It’s a mish-mash of Emma Bridgewater cups, that Sports Direct mug you don’t know what to do with, and a dog bed you probably need to put in the wash. But then it’s all balanced with the beautiful: assembling intriguing antiques and collectables on a dresser that truly expresses you.

Consider this your starting point to get you thinking about what style of a British country kitchen may be for you. (You’ll want to follow @salvesengraham, Alexandra Tolstoy @thetolstoyedit, Jack Laver Brister @tradchap, Sean Anthony Pritchard @sean_anthony_pritchard, and Paula Sutton @hillhousevintage for further inspiration on Instagram.) Happy decorating.

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an english countryside kitchen with shelves and a kettle

Embrace Imperfection

Haphazardly stacked glass jars with all sorts of grains, beans, and pastas, with British porcelain classics like Emma Bridgewater will never go out of fashion.

Emily Bond Interiors 


If in doubt, add table linen

Having a selection of table linen – both old and new – will add a sense of occasion and cosiness to any kitchen, regardless of whether you’re an urban dweller or countryphiles.

Strawberry Linen Tablecloth, £175,

Exposed shelves shabby chic country home with plates

Expose Shelving

Leave the accoutrements and paraphernalia do the talking with exposed shelving.

Casa de Valentina 

Cornishware dresser of stripey crockery, stripey plates, stripey bowls

Magpie Pieces for Your Dresser

Whether it’s antiques, unusual porcelain, Emma Bridgewater, trinkets you bought off the cuff, or it’s all assembled in perfect harmony like a Cornishware set, a dresser full of collectables and

Dresser from Cornishware

Copper pans in a British Country Home

Cue the Copper Pan

An aesthete’s delight, collecting copper pans is always a nice touch to add a bit of history to your home.

The kitchen at Attingham Park, Shropshire, Artichoke 

Tradchap Regency Era Convex Mirror

Antiques, Always

A kitchen full of reclaimed furnishings is always a good idea, here’s our ultimate list of the best places to buy antiques online.

Image: @tradchap.antiques


Blue Aga in a British Country Kitchen photography by Lucy Walters

Agas are always a good idea

Ever the classic, an aga is the ultimate comfort for a quintessentially British country home

Image courtesy of Aga, photography by Lucy Walters

Emma Bridgewater Mugs

Now for your Mug Shot

A quintessential British kitchen often has an array of hanging mugs.

Emma Bridgewater assortments of crockery,

Little Dockekulla Wallpaper

Wink to Wallpaper

Wallpaper is always a sure-fire way to enhance the character and soul to a space. Have a look at our guide for wallpapers for every room, for more inspiration.

Little Dockekulla Wallpaper

Featured image: courtesy of Pandora Taylor


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