country cottage kitchen with a butlers sink

Cottage Kitchen Design


The catalyst for this cottage kitchen design in this perfect chocolate box cottage in Dorset was a new window.  The client admitted that this was the sole reason for the redesign of the kitchen.  Previously an Aga had resided where the beautiful fluted sink now sits and meant that the kitchen was extremely dark and closed in.  The cottage kitchen design was a challenge, and our client wanted to use a local company who offered personal service and would come and see the space first hand to work with them on optimising it’s potential.

The Guild Anderson design team created a kitchen that while still only limited in size managed to squeeze in everything they required all the while retaining a freestanding, loose look that was perfectly in keeping with the rest of Chloe’s home.  ‘We didn’t want to have everything hidden away and wanted to showcase our mugs and pretty tea caddies, so Nick designed our cabinetry to be a mixture of open shelves and storage with reeded glass doors, we have the perfect amount of storage; the pan drawers are a revelation and we particularly love the narrow little cupboard for chopping boards.  Best of all Nick has managed to create a greater sense of space with the clever use of narrower cupboards and the shortening of the island.’

A butler's sink in a cottage kitchen

The flute fronted butler's sink adds texture

A reeded glass kitchen cabinet

Reeded glass compliments the moulded sink front

The clients picked out the Arabescato marble worktops which we had honed to reduce daylight reflection from the windows. Natural stone is often a more expensive route to take, but natural patterns have yet to be usurped by mand made copies.  They work particularly well when paired with the oak. Real stone has a depth to it which simply cannot be matched.

A reeded dlass light above the worksurface
Reeded glass lighting works with the kitchen's glazed doors


Texture and pattern adds
interest to small spaces

When designing into small spaces, it helps to create interest with controlled amounts of texture and pattern.

The use of reeded glass in this cottage kitchen design is a subtle addition of texture, and a bold pattern on marble is all you need to lift a small space.

a kitchen cabinet without a door
a larder cabinet in a cottage kitchen
marble countertop worktop in a bespoke kitchen design

Choosing the colours was also relatively easy.  Our client had always loved the idea of using Farrow and Ball ‘Studio Green’ for the cabinetry and the finding the right pink became a bit of an obsession (along with the fluted sink).  Collectively we eventually discovered Paint and Paper Library ‘Temple’ which has just the right hint of grey to prevent it from becoming too rich.

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