An expert reveals some handy tips on transforming your kitchen.
If you would love to inject a touch of country charm into your home, but don't know where to start, Dominique McAdam, the founder and designer at Provincial Kitchens Home is here to help.
With a swag of experience in creating bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and interiors for clients, Dominique reveals how you can get a provinicial-style kitchen in five simple steps.
Cabinetry, materials and style
One of the hallmarks of a provincial-style kitchen is the beautiful statement cabinetry.
"Traditionally, kitchen cabinets are constructed with a frame around a recessed centre panel, often referred to as shaker-style cabinets," Dominique explains. "This cabinetry is popular in provincial-style kitchens because of their solid, traditional lines and detailing."
When it comes to giving your kitchen a provincial stamp of approval, Dominique says that cabinet doors and side panels should be thicker and chunkier than what you'd see in a modern kitchen.
To really pin down the look, Dominique says colour palette is important. She suggests introducing matte grey-based whites: "They create a light and reflective space and evoke the feel that you're after when designing a provincial-style kitchen."
Bench top and splashback
As a lovely accent, Dominique advises to take note of what bench top and splashback to use.
"Natural stone such as Carrara marble, soft grey Dolomite and even black Pepperstone granite bench tops are my preferred choice for that timeless quality," she says. "For splashbacks, use ceramic or marble tiles. They can be subway, square or herringbone, accentuated with white, black or grey grout to complete the whole look."
Dominique adds that you shouldn't be afraid to add some bling to the kitchen, too.
"Top the look off with polished nickel and chrome handles and tapware," she says.
When you're putting your new-look kitchen together, don't forget about the smaller details.
"Using antique accessories such as old wire baskets, wooden/metal pegs, towel rails, open shelving with detailed brackets for support all combine to create a personalised feel," Dominique adds.