Country Living (UK) - - Decorating -

Re­ju­ve­nat­ing a rus­tic kitchen doesn’t al­ways mean a full-scale re­fit – it can be as sim­ple as up­dat­ing knobs and han­dles. The key to blend­ing old and new is work­ing out what style works for you and your in­di­vid­ual space, rather than slav­ishly fol­low­ing trends.

For in­stance, gnarled brass han­dles might be big news in con­tem­po­rary kitchen de­sign, but could look a bit too dec­o­ra­tive for most cot­tage kitchens. In­stead, un­fussy, ta­pered Shaker-style wooden knobs are of­ten a bet­ter way to re­fresh still ser­vice­able cab­i­netry.

Paint is an­other rel­a­tively easy way to give a kitchen a facelift. Ask for painted wood­work sam­ples (or cre­ate your own) be­fore you set­tle

on a colour so you can see how it looks in your home: ev­ery coun­try kitchen will be dif­fer­ent, de­pend­ing on the flow of light and the size of the win­dows in the room.

Just as your new pieces can bring life into an old set­ting, the re­verse is also true. Re­claimed basins, taps and light pen­dants can give a toob­land or box-fresh kitchen some much-needed char­ac­ter. If you’re head­ing to a recla­ma­tion yard, go armed with ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments, as old fit­tings won’t come in stan­dard sizes. Sim­i­larly, vin­tage fur­ni­ture such as an arm­chair, dresser or bench will add a sense of history and per­ma­nence to a rel­a­tively mod­ern kitchen.

Re­claimed basins and light pen­dants can give a box-fresh kitchen some much-needed char­ac­ter

Above An­tique fur­ni­ture brings char­ac­ter to new cab­i­netry, while clever re­pro­duc­tion pen­dant lamp styles would of­fer the same vin­tage ef­fect

Left Old wooden caféstyle chairs add warmth to a grey kitchen

Be­low Take colour in­spi­ra­tion from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Nep­tune’s soft li­lac pink cup­board

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