The Classic kitchen design style gets a modern upgrade.

Typically made with natural materials that reflect underlying warmth,  featuring range style cookers and Belfast sinks, country kitchens exude a certain comfortable character whilst echoing images of healthy rural living.

Country kitchens have wide-ranging appeal to town and country dwellers from large farmhouse and cottages in the countryside of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire to brick terraces in the cities Manchester and Stockport.

They have grown in popularity recently, as tastes in décor have shifted from cool minimalism to a more rustic ambience. There is a desire for well crafted, honest cabinetry using eco-friendly materials that can be updated over time with a fresh coat of paint or new door furniture and will last a lifetime. At Handcrafted Kitchens we have noticed peoples appreciation for craftsmanship has grown. They love the fact they can visit our workshop, smell the freshly cut wood and then actually come in to see the kitchen being made by hand, stage by stage. We offer a unique bespoke service where the possibilities are endless as far as kitchen design is concerned. No piece of furniture is made to a standard size, we can accommodate the nooks and crannies of old and new properties alike.

country kitchen bespoke workshop

In the past, a country kitchen conjured up ideas of heavily decorative mouldings and floral designs. The look is now more stripped back, plain and simple with an emphasis on simple bespoke country style kitchen units, muted colour palettes and good lighting. The classic ingredients of chimney breast with a mantelpiece, butlers sink and range cookers are still part of the look but it is much more pared down.

Follow our design tips below to create a rural style kitchen with a modern twist:-

Use Natural Materials

Include natural textures and materials such as wood, natural stone, granite, slate and decorate with real plants to connect the inside with the outside natural environment. Flooring often relates to the rest of the house so go for flagstone tiles, slate or timber

Belfast sink country kitchen

Muted Decoration

With open plan kitchens becoming the norm, kitchen cabinets need to integrate with the rest of the house rather than standing out alone. Careful consideration therefore needs to be given to the paint colours/ wallpaper and any light fittings used in the rest of the house.

country kitchen muted colours

Modern country kitchens may feature shelving or dressers but these will house cookery books or quirky artwork and personal photographs rather than displaying plates. The idea is that the kitchen should look like the rest of the house. Shaker style cupboards are still a popular feature, but the decoration on cabinets is kept to a minimum.

country kitchen larder


Today people are more adventurous with colour and are less afraid to use it in wallpaper, paint and fabrics for curtains and blinds. Muted and darker tones are in vogue and work well in the colder climates with cooler light. Rather than trying to make a room look lighter by adding neutral tones, the darkness is embraced and highlighted using ambient lighting. Grey continues to dominate contemporary colour palettes for interiors but hot on the trail are inky blues and sea greens.

country kitchen dark


 Task lighting, such as downlighters should be used for cooking and preparing food, pendant lighting for during the day and uplighters on the floor and wall, which reflect the light upwards to the ceiling and back into the room for a relaxed, ambient lighting in the evening.

country kitchen copper lights

Mixing metal such as copper, brass and silver appeals to all the senses adding a warmth particularly to darker coloured kitchens whether this is in the form of door furniture, lighting, seating, pans or taps. There is a natural instinct to want to touch these rich metals which glow naturally, complimenting natural timber and stone perfectly.

If you have found this article helpful and would like to find out more about Handcrafted Kitchens and our range of bespoke kitchens Cheshire why not fill in our contact form or call us now on 07894666301 to book a free design consultation?