As celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have set a trend in the UK with home cooking shows, the newly resurrected interest in traditional fayre has brought a surge of interest in antique farmhouse kitchen designs. The managing director of Devol, which provides bespoke kitchen designs, Paul O’Leary, started out buying and restoring antique furniture. He firmly believes that the roots of the farmhouse kitchen design can be found in stately homes dating back to Victorian or Georgian times, all over the UK.
According to O’Leary, a farmhouse kitchen is ultimately a working kitchen, with all furniture having a practical use. He recommends a visit to a Victorian stately home, where you will discover the kitchen is dominated by a huge working table in the centre, along with a Belfast sink and open shelving which makes access to pots and pans easier.
According to Ed Blackett, director of a kitchen design service Kit Stone, the farmhouse kitchen has to look as though it has taken many years to create, rather than looking like a newly fitted kitchen. The sink, range and butcher’s block are essential pieces in a farmhouse kitchen. A Kitchen dresser lets you display antique crockery, which is also practical.
To make your farmhouse kitchen look authentic, select key pieces from reputable antique dealers. You will find a number of Victorian balloon backed dining chairs in Lancashire, which would be perfect for family dining around your antique farmhouse kitchen table.
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