Cottage-Style Kitchen

by Jane VanOsdol on February 28, 2011

Summer days spent relaxing at a cottage make for the best memories. If you’d like to capture that feeling on a daily basis, you can—by incorporating the cottage style into your own kitchen at home. A breezy, weathered, simple look are the hallmarks of a cottage-style kitchen.

Whether you want to add cottage-style elements gradually to your kitchen, or go all-in with a major kitchen remodeling project, you’ll love this refreshing style. Let’s take a look at some of the features you’ll find in a cottage kitchen.

  • A mixture of fresh white paint and vibrant color are equally at home in a cottage kitchen.  White paint helps create the airy, look of a cottage kitchen. When paired with splashes of bright colors on accent walls, furniture, textiles or appliances the result is a vintage, casual feel that lifts the spirits.
  • The distressed look is also alive and well in the cottage kitchen. Using weathered furniture, such as a farm table and chairs, a buffet, or open shelving also adds to the cottage feel.  Locating your main table in the kitchen, not in a separate dining room, is just a part of the casual, family-oriented dining.
  • Hardwood floors definitely are at home in a cottage kitchen. Think wide plank flooring, the wider, the better. Dings and a weathered look are not a problem at all, because they add to the character of the floor. You may want to consider looking at reclaimed wood, as well, to really capture the feel.
  • White marble is becoming popular for cottage countertops, and you can also look at a butcher block to stay with the wood theme. Keep the color fairly light.
  • Stay away from dark cabinets. Look at light colors of wood, or if you’ve always loved the look of  white cabinetry, this is a perfect choice for the cottage kitchen. Choose vintage or wooden knobs or cabinet hardware that has an oiled or antique bronze look.
  • A farmhouse sink will of course be a fitting choice for your kitchen. Equally good are apron-front sinks, undercounter trough sinks and freestanding porcelain sinks.
  • Keep your window treatments simple. Letting the sunshine and fresh air pour in just goes naturally with a cottage kitchen; definitely avoid fussy or complicated window treatments. Choose simple, crisp curtains. If privacy isn’t an issue, try opting for just the bare window to let in as much light as possible.
  • Choose a faucet that matches the sink. An antique wall-mount or high-arch faucet goes well with a farmhouse-style sink. Look for a polished nickel, chrome or hand-rubbed bronze finish.

Truly, you’ll love the cheerful, airy feel that your cottage kitchen remodel will bring to your home. You may just find that this cozy kitchen is the new favorite place for family and friends to gather.

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