Is it wrong that for all the glamour and decadance of the’upstairs’ life at Downton Abbey, it’s the ‘downstairs’ kitchens that fire up my imagination the most? As beautiful as the upstairs rooms are, the kitchens and work area have a subtle, practical, unfussy style that quietly steals the limelight. I’m not so keen on the drudgery and monotony of a servant’s lifestyle mind you, but the practical efficiency of the wooden worktops, hardworking range oven and beautifully polished copper pans are all covetable elements of Downton Abbey style. Here’s how to get the look at home.
A central wooden table is the workhorse of the Downton Abbey kitchen. If you’ve got space for one, a table or island unit will instantly give your kitchen a classic feel, especially if it has a sturdy top such as solid wood or marble. It allows you greater room to roam around the kitchen, giving you plenty of space to whip up pastries, cakes and jellies galore for ‘them upstairs’.
There are so many ‘Downton Abbey’ elements at work here I hardly know where to start…the classic brick wall tiles, open shelves to stor kilner jars, and that wonderful copper lampshade. Having a central worksurface means that the wall units like these can be used for organisation and preparation. The cool marble tops are also perfect for rolling out dough and pastry for all you keen bakers out there.
You can’t beat a copper saucepan for looks, practicality and classic charm. In the Downton kitchen you’ll find them lined up in gleaming rows on open shelves above the range cooker. As well as cooking like a dream, they also look fantastic aginst a dark, smoky colour palette like the one above.
This spindle back chair and classic dining table could almost be straight out of the servants tea-room at Downton. The copper lampshade and iron kettle teamed with the soft grey colour palette combine to create a warm cosy feel. The perfect spot for a cup of tea and a quick gossip after all that hard work.
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