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Choosing country kitchen accessories

Pretty floral crockery, gingham prints and cheering pastel shades (not to mention the obligatory AGA) — it's easy to see why country kitchens are so enduringly popular. And it's even easier to achieve this look. Vintage furniture and accessories in distressed finishes are at the heart of the country kitchen and a dresser to display cherished crockery is a must.

But country style also has a new guise. It's bright, fresh and graphic with a modern approach that works beautifully in the kitchen. You can use playful and vibrant accessories to update a classic country scheme — Scandinavian designs never fail to bring colour and a touch of moderntiy, while detail prints in a bold design offers a more contemporary feel. When it comes to furniture, faded, distressed finishes are a stalwart of classic country chic, but a less-is-more approach suits a functional room such as a kitchen — try teaming a weathered paint finish with a pop of intense colour, such as orange, for a lively, welcoming feel. For flooring, choose classic terracotta tiles but in an unusual shape to add interest underfoot.

Jazzy shelf space
Create an eye-catching display of clocks, radios, trays with bold patterns and accessories in contrasting colours.

Get the look: Find pretty containers and bowls at Berry Red. The radio is from Roberts Radio and the cups ad saucers are from Brissi. Find similar signs at Not On The High Street.   

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Photograph by Spike Powell