A Cornwall Dairy

— clean with weathered edges

I'm not so good with color so I thought I'd spend more time paying attention to the colors I like. Here are some notes on a beautiful 'kitchen' I found.

'the dairy in the late-Victorian Lanhydrock House in Cornwall, photographed by John Vere Brown, 1984' from The World of Interiors December 2011 issue

This is the dairy in Lanhydrock House. The first parts of this country home were constructed in 1620, although most of the building was built in the Victorian times. This mansion had multiple kitchens: there was one for baking, another for salting and preservation of meats and even another that housed a rotary spit.

I like the soothing shade of green that's reflecting into this primarily white space. There's the look of patina, every white surface is outlined with an ever slight rough edge.

The most modern element are the wall tiles. They are cut so sharply that they make a flat continuous surface when together. I don't know why modern tiles come curved. At Home Depot, there are many tiles rounded at the corners. It's as if we're too gentle of folk to handle something sharp, like these crisply cut tiles. The diagonal arrangement is also something I might want to try.

The ornamental border on the wall is orderly and simple. Overall, the tiles are more fitting of today's style than most of what I've seen from the same time period.

Stormy bluish gray, found on the worn floor, reminds me of being by the ocean. The white stone reminds me of an overcast sky. Bluish gray marbling specks show up on the top counter, emphasizing the stormy atmosphere. Then the side areas, where the dairy is made, are darker blueish grays that weigh down the room. The brown metal fixture at the top and the dark brown cabinet reminds me of earth elements: tree bark, soil or a rusty anchor on shore. In the midst of the off white space is a stark white curtain. Without the stark white, I don't think the off white shades would be as visible.

Other accents include the terra-cotta orange in the back and the sand colored cake holder.

I don't know where that sea green tint is emanating from, but it fills the white space in a way that emphasizes being near the ocean. It's Cornwall after all.

The choice of color and style was probably selected for practical reasons, I'm not sure how much decorative attention would have been paid on servants quarters. I can see how the dark counters on the sides provided a way to work with white dairy products, more contrast to see how batches were coming along. Overall, the ocean ambiance is something I'd like to replicate somewhere in my own home.



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