New England Style KITCHENS

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 the US. This genre incorporates the joinery details and styles of the Edwardian era.

Five ways to give your Kitchen the new England Look

  1. Clean lines:
    From the start, New England 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 are 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 colour palettes:
    The strong influence of the magnificent coastline and the natural beauty of the woods and mountains have translated to a traditionally natural colour 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.
  3. Practical Puritan pride:
    New England design is all about quality that lasts. 
    Well-made pieces with a great design that works because of 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, education, history and their place in history.
    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.

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