ISSUE 36  |  Minimalist Glamour

Steal This Look: Minimalist English Kitchen

September 09, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Spotted and admired: a white Georgian kitchen in Hampshire, UK; we’re loving the understated minimalist take on the traditional English kitchen.

Even staunch modernists will find appeal in the subtle detailing: the subway tile backsplash; the pale gray accent colors, the cream Aga. Get the look with the following elements.

Above: A pair of antique brass pendant lamps hang above the marble-topped kitchen island. Photograph via the Botley House on Light Locations.

Above: The kitchen is equipped with multiple cooking locations between the Aga cooker and the additional cooktop installed in the kitchen island. Photograph from the Botley House on Light Locations.

The Materials

Above: Benjamin Moore’s Barren Plain is a nice saturated gray that pairs well with white; $36.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint.

Above: Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White is a favorite among many architects (see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks); $36.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint.

Above: The inset backsplash behind the range is made of 3-by-6-inch Ceramic Tile from Subway Ceramics, set with dark grout.

Lighting & Appliances

Above: Schoolhouse Electric’s Isaac 1 Light Pendant in Natural Brass is $195; customize it using their Khaki Twisted Cord for a similar look.

Above: The Aga Total Control Range Cooker is made to order from a historic foundry in Shropshire, England. The cooker, shown here in cream, is available at AJ Madison and in three- or four-oven models at March, in San Francisco.

Above: Miele is a growing force in the cooking-appliance market. The Miele 36-inch Stainless Gas Cooktop KM3474G features two 15,300 BTU burners, continuous grates, a center control panel, and a wok ring; $1,699 at Abt. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: 36-Inch Gas Cooktops.


Above: The Blanco Countertop Cutting Board in red alder is $105.22 at Amazon.

Above: Classic Bin Pulls in antique brass are $12 each at Historic House Parts; for similar knobs, consider the Plain Cabinet Knobs in antique brass for $9.99 each. For more bin pulls, see 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Bin Pulls.

Above: The Morphy Richards 4-Slice Toaster in cream is kitted out for UK electrical outlets; £65 (US $84) at Littlewoods. For a US alternative, Dualit’s 4 Slot Lite Toaster in cream has a similar retro appeal; $135.98 at The Hut.

Above: The Typhoon Stainless Steel Retro Mechanical Kitchen Scale in cream is $43.91 at Amazon.

Above: Fog Linen Work’s Linen Plastic Bag Holder is $25 NZD (US $21) at Father Rabbit; also available for $22 at Atomic Garden, in Berkeley, California.

Above: The Aga 1.3 Liter Round Cast Iron Casserole is made of enameled cast iron in an off-white cream color; $148 at Quitokeeto.

For tips on how to design the ultimate English kitchen, see our post Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Achieve the Plain English Look. For more covetable kitchens to copy, see our posts Steal This Look: The Endless Summer Kitchen and Steal This Look: A Well-Stocked Modern Kitchen.