Period English Kitchens
Period English Kitchens
Whether you are trying to recreate a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian style kitchen choose our 'Period English’ style units with its classic thumb moulds and an authentic bead finish. A very classic and timeless appearance is created by the Period English kitchen, which blends traditional characteristics in a straightforward design. The in-frame style creates a timeless space to unwind and entertain guests. It is displayed here in a combination of dark and light hand-painted tones.
In-Frame, with Style
The Georgian Kitchen
Georgian-era kitchens were very much out of sight and out of mind. A quintessential Georgian kitchen would have been a simple basement room, used by servants. It would have painted woodwork with cabinets and walls decorated in a single colour with a matt finish often greys and blues. While early Georgian schemes use strong, dark colour, later ones favour lighter colours, including sky-blue, beige and stone.
The below stairs kitchen would be made up several rooms; main kitchen (cooking area), scullery (for washing and cleaning), larders and pantries. If you haven’t space, you can dedicate areas of your kitchen for each task and design them appropriately.
Marble was a material favoured by the Georgians so it is a natural choice for the worktops of a Georgian-inspired kitchen. A butler or Belfast sink was an important feature of the Georgian kitchen, and it's solid, unfussy shape still appeals today. For the door furniture bronze drop handles, cup handles and knobs would suit this period.
The Victorian Kitchen
Many people choose a Victorian kitchen which is a wonderful way to add feeling to your kitchen. But nailing down one look for your kitchen from the Victorian era isn’t easy.
Kitchens of this era were bright and functional. A feeling of a warmth and welcoming atmosphere is what this period in time was all about. For a plain English style opt for very pale paint colours, creams and whites are traditional but other pale colours like soft greys and lime distemper work equally as well. Contrasting solid wood with bright and clean worktops is a hallmark of the Victorian age and combining both the painted and wood cabinets can be stunning. Take a look at this example of a Victorian inspired kitchen created for one of our interior design clients.
We really like the idea of copper in the kitchen and it’s one of our hot trends. Copper was a staple material used in Victorian kitchens from the pots and pans, the kettle and even pipes and taps. Don’t go overboard, a few carefully chosen pieces will go a long way. So remember; gone with the marble worktops, blue colour schemes and bronze accessories from the Georgian era and in with the wooden work surfaces, cream cabinets and copper finishes.
The Edwardian Kitchen
By the early 1900s, gas cooking and electricity was invented and was also the first time people were introduced to refrigerators, boilers and ovens. Clean water had become prevalent and now sinks became a focal point of the kitchen and large enough to carry out all manner of water-related activities. Factories started mass-producing standard white enamelled iron, granite, and slate sinks.
The issue of sanitation was also one of importance, and it was advised that walls be made of white glazed tiles and floor coverings of oil-cloth and linoleum. White became the colour choice for kitchens, as it was easy to clean and had served as mimicry of the cleanliness of surgical areas.
With the industrial revolution and introduction of production line into factories, efficiency became sought after in working environments, the kitchen included. Cabinets became a necessity to hold the growing number of pre-packaged foods available from the newly opened grocery stores and this was the start of the ‘built-in’ kitchen we can see today.
Copper was classed as outdated and enamelled iron was in as it was easier to clean. Glass fronted cupboards were chosen instead of open shelving and although the kitchens were mainly white they were often mixed with bolder contrasting colours for the floors and furniture. Take a look at one of our clients Edwardian inspired kitchen with bold blue walls and white furniture.