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Combine charm with character to create a quintessential English kitchen

PUBLISHED: 13:55 02 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:55 20 February 2013

Islands painted in pastel hues can introduce a light hearted touch to kitchens. Artisan worktable featuring soft-close drawers, £4709.28, John Lewis of Hungerford

Islands painted in pastel hues can introduce a light hearted touch to kitchens. Artisan worktable featuring soft-close drawers, £4709.28, John Lewis of Hungerford

Combine charm with character and make room for the demands of busy family life to create a quintessential English kitchen. Katy Green reports

Kitchen islands, or work tables, can greatly improve the efficiency of your kitchen. The size of the island may be restricted by the size of the kitchen but the choice of design need be limited only by your imagination. Not only can islands double the work surface of your kitchen they can also accommodate a hob, sink or waste disposal unit and also dramatically improve storage.


But specialists in unfitted kitchens, Chalon, call the islands it designs worktables because they do not tend to be fitted with hobs or small preparation sinks. As a result they have a lighter look. Our clients like the thought that theyre investing in something that can be removed if they move house, says Camilla Pringle, senior design consultant at the company.


The kitchen island works particularly well in a painted kitchen to create a look that is all about warmth, welcome and gently classical charm.

Essential elements include open shelves, larder cupboards and pretty or rustic crockery displayed on a dresser that oozes unfitted charm. Painted kitchens are mainly bespoke and built to suit the shape and size of the room and the taste of the owners.

Painted kitchens are a sensible choice if you have a busy family life with children and pets as well as entertaining friends. The longevity of a good painted kitchen as a surface very much depends on the abuse and care it receives, says Nick Grunfeld, managing director of Parlour Farm, a company that specialises in bespoke kitchens.


It needs to be kept clean, as prolonged exposure to certain acids such as lemon juice and fizzy drinks may eventually penetrate the surface.


On average, repainting a kitchen in situ costs about 1,000. Popular colours are subtle shades such as cream (the most prevalent colour on the market), blues, soft greens and greys. Strong colours such as raspberry and deep blue are often used on focal point areas, such as a dresser or an island unit, and can emphasise the casual, unfitted feel.

Adapted from The English Home magazine


Adapted from The English Home magazine.


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