Oak cabinetry 'creates a homely feel' in the kitchen ★★★★★
It is possible to achieve a homely atmosphere in your kitchen without going for the all-out country farmhouse look.
All you need to do is invest in some oak cabinetry, according to Mandy Davies, director of the family antique dealer Christian Davies Antiques.
She said oak furniture first became popular "in antique terms" in the 1920s.
"Kitchen dressers, Welsh dressers and generally things of a farmhouse nature are our most popular items," she remarked.
Ms Davies insisted that oak items have many benefits over self-assembly furniture. For example they are solid and longer lasting, and they also retain their value over the years.
"Pubs use oak because people like to think they are eating good homemade food, which is associated with farmhouses," she explained.
Oak could be a great choice for those looking for a new kitchen look this autumn, as it is likely to work well with autumnal colour schemes.
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