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Range cookers are the obvious choice for a traditionally styled kitchen. Available with two, three or four ovens, their imposing size suggests a home where there’s a real love of food.

The powerhouse of any kitchen, appliances have become its functional focus. Although the latest technology may seem incompatible with a traditional look kitchen, integrated state-of-the-art electricals make it possible to enjoy energy-efficient fridges, dishwashers and washing machines without losing any period appeal.

Efficient extractor fans are more important than ever in an open-plan kitchen, allowing cooking smells to be removed from this multi-functional living space. Opt for a canopy model with a fascia which matches the rest of your cabinetry, or position your cooker so you can hide an extractor fan in the original chimney space. Always compare noise levels as well as efficiency when you make your selection.

Range cookers are the obvious choice for a traditionally styled kitchen. Available with two, three or four ovens, their imposing size suggests a home where there’s a real love of food. Classic cast iron ranges, available in colours from British racing green to duck egg blue, are synonymous with a cosy country kitchen, but a contemporary stainless steel model can prove more versatile if you do a lot of cooking on the hob, offering up to six gas burners. Households that need a large fridge, but aren’t inspired by sleek stainless steel, should consider a retro model. Subtle curves and utilitarian styling evoke the designs of the 1950s and are a world away from a stark futuristic look. Emphasise the vintage theme with a food processor in a matching ice-cream shade that you’ll never want to hide away.