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Ideally, furniture and accessories should add visual interest through their shape, form or texture without overwhelming the space.

No kitchen is complete until it is filled with the numerous items which give it warmth and personality. Ideally, furniture and accessories should add visual interest through their shape, form or texture without overwhelming the space. Eclectic and effortless rather than feeling contrived, the most successful styling gives a traditional kitchen a cosy, lived-in look, without allowing clutter to compromise its charm.

Needless to say, furniture is the most significant feature involved in styling a kitchen and in a room which takes socialising seriously, chairs are a good place to start. Instead of creating a uniform look, group ladder-, wheel- or stick-back 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 Tolix armchair or for real character a reclaimed church pew or a quirky bar stool inspired by a vintage tractor seat. Meanwhile, use soft furnishings, from a cosy armchair to a set of pretty cushions to introduce colour, texture, and a relaxed, shabby chic aesthetic.

It’s not always easy to decide which pieces to display and this is often a matter of trial and error. Fresh flowers always help to liven up a room and an open trolley allows you to show off the vibrant colours of fresh produce to great effect. Rough textures such as stone and wood have timeless appeal and glass or ceramics reflect the light with their glossy finish. Group similar objects together, such as white china, coloured enamelware or copper pans and use an angular lamp, such as a classic  French Jieldé design, to spotlight different areas giving specific objects greater impact.