Whether you cook constantly or use your kitchen primarily for dining, it is one room which deserves your full attention.

A classic kitchen will not date and can increase the value of your home.

Kitchen style has come a long way since the days of flat pack cupboards and fitted units, and you can create your dream kitchen no matter the layout of your home.

For a real country cottage style kitchen start with an aga or a big open stove to form the centrepiece of your kitchen.

Look for reclaimed pieces such as old stable doors and copper kettles to imbue the space with a real sense of history.

Parquet and tiled effect floors never go out of style, visit salvage yards which have some great period pieces.

Alternatively, go for a slate effect tile such as the Amtico Welsh Slate from Barker and Stonehouse.

When it comes to kitchen units, keep it simple with natural wood or a neutral shade.

Retro accessories such as Smeg fridges come in a wide variety of colours and designs and have become a real style staple.

Kitchen islands are incredibly useful for defining an open plan kitchen and offering extra storage.

The Gert Island from Barker and Stonehouse is part of the stunning new Timothy Oulton collection. Made from genuine reclaimed pine, it feature cupboards, draws, a sink a tap and a handy chopping area so you can wash and prepare your food all at one station.

Also featured in the range is a large wine rack for all your favourite vintages and a larder which is full of old fashioned charm.

Kitchen lighting is important as you need it to be bright enough to cook and chop safely, but you don’t want it to be too harsh at mealtimes. The Sofie Mega Bulb is a clear month-blown glass light, with a polished edge which emits a pleasant glow through its glass shade.

This kind of low hanging lighting is perfect for putting the spotlight on your dining table.

The St Lucia fixed top dining table is certainly worth focusing on. Constructed from natural fruitwood and enhanced by a striking stone inlay and hand crafted metal fittings it’s a beautiful and unique piece of furniture. A choice of three upholstered chairs in solid mango wood with a stained and tinted bosquet finish are also available to help you create the ideal dining collection for your home.

Sideboards and cabinets such as the New Frontier collection, are must have pieces to display your best china and favourite tableware.

Finally, antique shops and car-boot sales are a great place to pick up vintage storage jars and collect tableware which will give your kitchen real personality.

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