From country-styled settings to pared-back contemporary, or even somewhere in-between. Green is an all-rounder, and our Henley kitchen setting shows you how.
The cabinetry: green in the kitchen is becoming all the more popular. And while we adore the dark green and marble contrast (see our Suffolk collection as an example), using Sage is the perfect choice if you’re looking to make more of an understatement. It will always carry a degree of provinciality to it, but you can tone it up or down. Here we may have used oak and flagstone floors, but we’ve shown how a Sage kitchen can edge more towards the modern country end of the design spectrum. It’s pared-back and makes us think of words like ‘craft’ and ‘artisanal’.
The walls: Sage on Sage works. We saw that in the look above, but we see it again here in a very different way. The room is smaller, there’s much less light, the ceiling is low and the beams heavy. And there’s less to break up the pairing. There are two key reasons for its success: the rough plaster skim beneath the paint to bring texture, and the fact we haven’t tried to take away the green focus. No paintings, no wall lights, no distractions. It’s green and it’s proud.
The textures: the plastering is where the texture begins. From there, let your eyes travel to the linen tea towels and napkins, the smooth and glossy Belfast sink that’s mirrored in the jug vase, the wire egg basket, the solid oak work surface, the timeworn timber beams and aged breadboard. And on a much less obvious scale, the hand-painted finish on the cabinetry and furniture and the visible brushstrokes mean not a single element of the room is flat.
The accents: white is used sparingly in this scheme to offset the green tones in a carefully measured portion. The sink and jug, as we touched on above, have a secondary role to play, the door frames have an impact, and in case you hadn’t spied them, there’s a single row of our slightly pearlescent Elcot tiles that deserve their bit of credit too…