New England Kitchens
New England Kitchens by The Victorian Kitchen Company. These kitchens are inspired by the light and airy beach house style of the East Coast of US.
Our kitchens can easily be built in the New England style and hand painted in New England colours. These will last a lifetime and are both functional and beautiful.
Five ways to give your Kitchen the new England Look:
1) Cleanliness of line: From the start, our houses, and corresponding design styles, are not fussy. Rich but not overly ornate and woodwork is often painted a traditional white or cream. Natural woods with wide-planks being the most historically accurate. While entrances to homes may have a more ornate portico, double hung windows themselves are often small with little millwork detail, featuring mullioned windows in the traditional 6-over-9 or 12-over-12 pattern. Glass was expensive and large pieces of glass were impossible to transport therefore small window panes became the norm.
2) Natural color palettes: The strong influence of the magnificent coastline and the natural beauty of the woods and mountains have translated to a traditionally natural color palette with blue and white being the most prevalent when going for a coastal/beachy New England design style. A strong blue, such as navy, with a crisp white offers a nautical yachtsman vibe while softer blue/greens, tans and off-whites suggest the sand dunes and ocean tides of Cape Cod.
For inspiration and a glimpse at a cool blue, white and coral color-scheme, check out Roeshel from DIY Show Off's beach cottage style tutorial.
3) Practical Puritan pride: New Englanders may not always be up to the minute trend-wise, but what we have is quality and it will last. This is certainly true of good New England design which features high quality, well made pieces of good design that always work because of their traditional roots. This holds true whether one’s style is formal or more rustic. All furnishings should be durable and comfortable.
4) Nature’s gifts: The natural beauty that surrounds the region heavily influences the style. Regional stones such as slate and granite are natural fits for floors and countertops both indoors and out. The seashell is a common motif in wood carvings and fabric patterns while natural shells are used to adorn everything from mirror frames to small boxes. Fresh local flowers and branches are easily picked and presented in natural arrangements throughout the house.
5) Collections: New Englanders are collectors. They collect books, art and sea glass. They value travel and education, history and their place within the history of society. They collect experiences and like to be reminded of their adventures. Homes are filled with family photos, old children’s books and the miscellanea of living. They collect and put up shelves to hold bits and bobs and books to keep them within easy reach.