Hi, this is my first time on here, so please be gentle. I see that most of the houses on here are in America, but I have something a little different I would like your advice with.
I have a little cottage in Dorset, England. It is 200 years old, and I have been working to turn it back into something a little less 70s/80s than when I bought it.
My question concerns the kitchen. When I bought the property it had a modern factory-made oak-effect kitchen with far too many units for the size of the room, and a dark coloured pine floor (see pictures). The combined effect made the room look very dark and uninviting especially as there was no room for a table. I have redesigned the layout to work better, and I'm happy with the units I have bought.
I have re-floored using local limestone which is a gentle creamy colour, and am in the process of installing a handmade kitchen which I bought secondhand on EBay. I have some off-white subway tiles I will be using for the splash backs in a stretcher-bond pattern, and I am having oiled oak work surfaces (all EBay!). I would like to paint the cupboards, but would welcome suggestions for what colours might work well in a traditional setting like this. I will also need to think of a colour that will work on the walls. I want it all to be restful and soothing without looking too bland!
I would welcome advice and suggestions. I should have some pictures with the worksurfaces, sink and cooker fitted by the end of the week!