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It only takes a few subtle home improvements for the whole property to include the traditional design values which start in the heart of your home.

The backbone of most good-quality kitchens are a series of well-crafted wooden units. But having chosen your cabinetry, you’ll still find plenty of other doors and handles to consider. First impressions are made at the entrance to your kitchen and an immaculate architrave surrounding a pristine door is a good place to start. Echo your home’s original features with a Victorian-style door or a simple painted two or four panel design that ties in with the look of your kitchen units. Handles in cast iron or pewter effect will reinforce the connection.

For a door which helps maximise natural light and gives a useful view between rooms, glass panelled designs are a good option. For more privacy, choose frosted glazing or add a decorative film. Most kitchens have an external door, so consider enhancing a farmhouse theme with a split, stable-door design. Flexible and attractive, it’s ideal for letting in sunshine, or keeping an eye on the kids while they play in the garden.

In an open-plan kitchen it’s difficult to hide any imperfections, so this may be a good time to freshen up other features, such as damaged skirting boards in the living room. Tongue and groove, which may already appear as end panels in the kitchen, gives instant period appeal, so consider installing additional half-height panelling anywhere from the hallway to the bathroom.

Throughout the house, different areas can reflect the kitchen’s design features to good effect. The fresh look of new fitted units might inspire you to replace the damaged spindles of a neglected staircase, or you may decide to extend your wooden kitchen floor out into the hallway to unite the whole space. It only takes a few subtle home improvements for the whole property to include the traditional design values which start in the heart of your home.