Global Design Spotlight: English Kitchens

Last month, we kicked off our new global design series with an up-close look at Scandinavian style. We embraced our love of all things ‘nordic cool,’ and highlighted our top accounts to gather inspiration within the Scandi realm. In part two of the series, we’re heading to another corner of Europe, but this time around, we’re turning our attention to the United Kingdom—the English countryside, to be specific.

Inspired by a sense of old-world charm and craftsmanship quality, we’re dedicating this post to our deep love of English kitchens. Put on the tea kettle, pull up a chair, and let’s get started.

Interior Design: Heidi Caillier Design | Photography: Haris Kenjar

If we could summarize English kitchen style in just a few words, cozy, collected, and charming all would immediately jump to mind. The English kitchen emphasizes traditional architectural details (think exposed beams and open cupboards), heirloom accents, natural wood elements, and an overall sense of warmth for a beautifully lived-in look.



While our design work at J Miller Interiors is definitely informed by a modern influence, we love that so many amazing companies are creating furniture and cabinetry that fuses traditional style with modern sensibilities. Here’s a peek at two or our favorite brands who are changing the game for the modern English kitchen.

deVOL Kitchens

Based in Leicestershire, England, at the historic 16th century Cotes Mill, deVOL Kitchens prides itself on both impeccable craftsmanship and well-informed design. They sell furniture, lighting, and antiques, but believe us when we say, kitchen cabinetry is where this brand really shines. There’s something so special about their simple yet detailed approach to kitchens that speaks to us, and we’ve become big fans of their work over the years.

What we really love about deVOL is their thoughtful approach to cabinetry, both inside and out. It’s often difficult to be adventurous with color choices in a kitchen, but they always seem to utilize saturated colors tones so well in a way that feels current yet timeless all at once.

Instagram: @devolkitchens

Plain English Design

True to their name, Plain English Design is a Suffolk-based brand that embraces traditional English style to the core. They create the most incredible handcrafted cabinetry that emphasizes quality, style, and a keen attention to detail, with an aesthetic that references the values of the past while recognizing the ways of modern living.

While they admittedly don’t have an endless amount of cabinetry choices, each kitchen remains unique and inspiring through thoughtful tile choices, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and hardware selections. The versatility of their cabinetry is truly amazing, and each kitchen can be custom designed for a truly bespoke look.

All in all, we love that they put just as much thought into the interior as they do the exterior of their cabinetry with quality always at the forefront.

Instagram: @plainenglishkitchens

Now that you’ve had a closer look at our favorites, we’d love to hear which elements of the English kitchen best speak to your style. Leave a comment below with any design moments that caught your eye, and stay tuned for our next Global Design Spotlight post in the weeks ahead!

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