How to design a kitchen in the English style

Although not the simplest to set up, an English-style kitchen is always a fashionable option. Additionally, it is useful with the right arrangement: Although English style is regarded as conservative, it does not disregard progress. 

The main tenets of English style 

The 18th and 19th centuries are credited with forming the English style. The George kings’ rule represents the initial phase (Georgian style or English classicism). The second period is that of Queen Victoria, when the interiors began to incorporate colonial ethnicity, rococo, gothic, and baroque (Victorian style).

New trends emerged as English fashion evolved over time. So, for instance, a rustic English style is a well-known country style. The current English style, which incorporates numerous components from Scandinavian design and hi-tech, is prevalent today.

This feature must be considered while creating an English kitchen and other spaces: keep in mind that you do not have to adhere to a strict framework. The conservatism of the English tradition does not at all disregard advancement, and its guiding ideals do not negate contemporary comforts or the right to express one’s creativity.

Сolors used in the kitchen

The size of the space and which side the windows face have a significant impact on the colour scheme and overall design of the English-style kitchen.

English-style kitchen in light colours

For small spaces that need to appear larger, a bright kitchen is ideal, especially if pure white dominates. You can decorate the kitchen without using any pure white components at all to make it appear cosier. For instance, kitchens that are light beige appear quite cosy, especially in soft light.

English kitchen in dark colours

Large spaces work well with dark colours because they add cosiness and comfort. Dark wood is prominently employed in this style; you can choose sets and dining furniture made of wood. Sometimes dark wood is used to embellish the floor and portions of the walls. It’s crucial that the kitchen does not appear overly dark.

Other colours

Frequently, one or more neutral hues are used to adorn kitchens. They come in both bright pastel and deep, dark shades. The fundamental guideline for selecting hues is that they should be light and natural.

Finishing choices

English-style kitchens typically strive to employ solely natural materials in their interior design. Rules alter slightly in the kitchen since stains are more likely there.


Parquet board (parquet) and laminate are the first widely used options for flooring in English cuisine. The design needs to replicate the veins and slices of a real tree. Designers these days frequently opt to replicate bleached boards.

Ceramic tiles are a more practical alternative. Although white or beige used with a colour other than white or beige looks wonderful, tiles that mimic natural stone or marble are occasionally appropriate. Here, the tiles are arranged in a checkerboard pattern (the pattern is also known as a “checker”). When the tiles fit in the kitchen and the baseboards or laminate in the dining area, the option might be appropriate.

English kitchen walls are likewise designed differently from those in other rooms. Wooden covers can deteriorate owing to the vicinity of a cooking zone, and fabric or paper wallpapers are readily soiled and are not usually washed.

It is practical and convenient to paint walls with matte water-repellent paint. Non-woven or other easily cleanable wallpaper, which should seem like textile or paper, is an additional choice. Scottish check, vertical stripes (particularly appropriate for kitchens with low ceilings), and floral patterns are examples of patterns. Wooden panels are occasionally used to embellish the lower portion of walls.


There are no specific guidelines for decorating the ceiling in English rooms; this region is typically left white to avoid the space appearing crowded with furniture and flowers. Plaster is typically used to cover ceilings, while hinged coatings are less frequently used (they should not be glossy).

Kitchen furniture

The primary factor to keep in mind while purchasing furniture is that it should be made of wood or other natural materials. For large spaces, you can use both bleached or light-colored wood, as well as dark wood. Furniture is frequently artificially aged.

Home furnishings for the kitchen

Consider large wooden furnishings for the “island” and the work area. It is simple to select one because you may find a set for a chic kitchen in any furnishing store. English traditional designs feature bottom sliding doors and top drawers with doors. Today, however, a wide range of styled models are available.

Dining room furnishings

The chairs in an English-style bedroom or living area are often made of wood and have plush seats. This choice is unimportant for kitchens; here, basic wooden seats are preferable (models with discrete fabric or leather upholstery may be suitable). Tables can be rectangular, oval, or round. Select a piece of furniture with carved or English curving legs. Folding tables are inappropriate for English interiors.

Plumbing and appliances

There are two fundamental guidelines for selecting and designing household appliances: what can be hidden, we hide, and what cannot, we choose in a retro manner.

In order to make the “inconsistency of periods” less obvious, appliances like dishwashing, ovens, refrigerators, and microwave ovens might be incorporated within the headgear. Choose beige-colored versions rather than snow-white ones if parts of major appliances are still visible (often a stove and non-built-in refrigerators). However, it all depends on the kitchen’s general colour scheme because some interiors will make even modern appliances appear natural.

Stylized versions of comparable small appliances like the kettle, toaster, measuring cups, and coffee makers are available. Such models will seamlessly blend into the English-style kitchen’s décor yet being functionally antiquated.


Of course, natural sunlight is the greatest type of lighting for a kitchen. The shutters are frequently painted white to let in at least a bit more light if the windows do not face the sunny side. In this situation, you shouldn’t pick heavy drapes either.

If we’re talking about artificial lighting, it needs to be cosy and gentle. Despite the fact that you might put an LED lamp over the kitchen area for convenience, cold light in English interiors seems inorganic.