….. consider oversized countertop edges, island counter shape details or ceramic stone backsplash as key design elements beveled glass used in mullion doors….


The popularity for this style is waning somewhat, not only because of budget but also because owners have belatedly discovered that all the open work and detailing means a lot of up-keep. This design style is drawn from the small cottages as well as the grand country manor houses seen throughout the UK. It is a heavy style with a great deal of wood working and square lines that dominates the cabinet shape.

The materials used with this style are oak, mahogany, pine in natural or medium stains along with painted finishes. “Paint dragging” or special “antiquing” finishing processes enhance stile-and-rail flat or raised panel doors. Panel cabinet doors with small symmetrically arranged repetitive raised sections are signature features. Beaded board interiors of open shelf units and panels installed between cabinets with detailed face edges of a “pilaster” are commonly seen. Open filigree valances, spindle dish cabinets, cabinetry with multiply drawers and half or full turning set the stage for this style. Other appropriate elements for this design are turned posts, heavy molding and geometric or stylized cut-outs in panels.

The hardware that is prevalent with this design style is brass, copper, porcelain or nickel finishes.

The countertop detailing remains fairly simple but dramatic detailing may be featured on the backsplash. Proportionately, consider oversized countertop edges, island counter shape details or ceramic stone backsplash as key design elements.

The floors can be from brick, stone or wood patterns in reproduction or natural patterns.

Heavy crown moldings, baseboards, tongue and groove wainscoting in beaded board or with stile-and-rail raised panel sections are appropriate to use on the walls in this design.

Hand-hewn beams to match or contrast with cabinets or boxed beams to match ceiling are used.

To accent the space, muntin doors with fabric gathers or shelves with linen and lace doilies add a special touch. Millwork details are an integral part of an English space- and many include a large, oversized hood.