A kitchen is complete when it is filled with items that give it warmth and personality. In a traditional kitchen, furniture and accessories should add visual interest through their shape, form or texture – without overwhelming the space.
In a room that takes socialising seriously, chairs are a good place to start. Instead of creating a uniform look, group different styles of wooden chairs around a scrubbed wooden table and create a cohesive feel by painting them in the same shade. Add an industrial edge with a metal armchair, or for real character, try a reclaimed church pew or a quirky bar stool inspired by a vintage tractor seat.
Use soft furnishings to introduce colour, texture, and a relaxed, shabby chic aesthetic. Opt for a cosy armchair or a set of pretty cushions if your kitchen is open plan, and do not forget to consider more functional kitchen textiles, like tea towels and aprons.
Choosing which pieces to display in your kitchen is often a matter of trial and error. Experiment with these ideas to find out what works well in your space: