This Charming Kitchen Brings Spring Hues Indoors

Mint-colored cabinetry and bold floral wallpaper to swoon over.

1900 Cottage-Style Kitchen with Wood Trim and Accent Wall

1900 Cottage-Style Kitchen with Wood Trim and Accent Wall

The kitchen of this 1900-era Victorian home was in desperate need of an upgrade. The homeowners wanted to keep the vintage feel of the home, so designers used wood trim and shutters to give the kitchen some of the charm of the rest of the house. To help maintain the classic feel of the home, an accent wall was created using wallpaper. The overall effect is reminiscent of cottage charm.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

Spring is in full bloom, and I can't help but feel that it's the loveliest time of the year with soft greens speckling the trees and pastel blooms dotting the landscape.

Even on the dreariest of winter days, this kitchen by Austin, Texas, designer Sarah Stacey reminds me of the first signs of spring life with its mint-colored cabinetry and floral wallpaper.

When Sarah rendered potential designs for her clients to visualize the materials they were considering for the kitchen, she created one white kitchen and one with the soft green cabinetry, marble countertops and bold wallpaper pattern.

Traditional Cottage-Style Kitchen with Updated Appliances

Traditional Cottage-Style Kitchen with Updated Appliances

The family wanted a space that blended vintage charm with the conveniences of modern appliances, so they chose traditional elements, such as the gold accents and wood trim, and added modern-day touches, like the stainless steel oven and a farmhouse sink. The end result is an overall cottage-style feel.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

"Luckily (the client) chose green, which is what I was rooting for," Sarah says. "She was a fun client and definitely took design risks that paid off."

The choices work especially well for the home's Queen Anne architectural style. The homeowners wanted a kitchen with modern functionality, but they also wanted it to complement the Victorian elements of the home, such as dark wood trim.

Those elements were enhanced by choices of more traditional fixtures and features, like an apron-front sink, brass faucet and globe pendant lights. The removal of existing laminate flooring revealed beautiful long-leaf pine flooring.

White Farmhouse Sink in Cottage Kitchen

White Farmhouse Sink in Cottage Kitchen

The farmhouse sink in this green kitchen adds a unique element to the space but doesn't detract from the original charm of the house. This deep, white sink gives the homeowners plenty of space for prep and washing, and it helps keep the feel of the kitchen soft and inviting. The shutters just above the sink are a more traditional element of the home and help to block light in the evening or bring light into the space in the morning.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

There's more to this kitchen design than it's beautiful finishes, though. Created for the owners of a steakhouse who love to cook at home, the kitchen had to be functional and large enough to accommodate larger groups. 

Sarah accomplished that by removing a large pantry and built-in desk that impeded upon the kitchen's footprint. She replaced them with a wall of cabinetry and pull-out pantry that maintained needed storage space while creating more floor space in the kitchen.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

The homeowners also gained wall ovens and a seat below a window that had been located inside the pantry.

"We used that to our advantage and added a window seat where the grandchildren could hang out while the adults sit around the island," Sarah says. "It added a lot more natural light to the space."

Corner Drawers in Green Cottage Kitchen

Corner Drawers in Green Cottage Kitchen

Even the cabinets in this space make the homeowners' lives easier. The corner drawers take advantage of wasted space in the kitchen by providing extra storage.

Photo by: Erin Williamson

Erin Williamson

The existing cabinetry, which had been outfitted in the 1980s, offered minimum drawer space, so Sarah replaced lower cabinets with a ton of drawers to offer easy organization and prevent what she calls "the cabinet abyss."

Thanks for the peek into this charming kitchen, Stacey!

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1900 Cottage-Style Kitchen with Wood Trim and Accent Wall

The kitchen of this 1900-era Victorian home was in desperate need of an upgrade. The homeowners wanted to keep the vintage feel of the home, so designers used wood trim and shutters to give the kitchen some of the charm of the rest of the house. To help maintain the classic feel of the home, an accent wall was created using wallpaper. The overall effect is reminiscent of cottage charm.

Traditional Cottage-Style Kitchen with Updated Appliances

The family wanted a space that blended vintage charm with the conveniences of modern appliances, so they chose traditional elements, such as the gold accents and wood trim, and added modern-day touches, like the stainless steel oven and a farmhouse sink. The end result is an overall cottage-style feel.

Cottage Kitchen Blends Traditional Elements with Modern Updates

The details in this kitchen are what truly brings the space together. The homeowners wanted a unique renovation, but were concerned with maintaining the home's integrity, so designers combined a few unique, more modern touches with traditional features to create this stunning kitchen. Wallpaper is used throughout the space to add color and warmth while maintaining the traditional feel of the home. The oriental rug between the kitchen island and the sink is another classic touch for the home. Even the gold accented light fixtures bring in the charm that the homeowners love about their home. The homeowners were opposed to white cabinets, so designers installed a countertop that had green hues, which inspired the green countertops in the space.

Warm, Inviting Colors in Cottage Kitchen

The colors chosen for this kitchen make the space warm and inviting. The homeowners decided they did not want white cabinets, so designers garnered inspiration from the kitchen island countertop and painted the cabinets a soft green, giving the space color, while the white countertop and white subway tile backsplash keep the space looking fresh and clean.

Photo By: Erin Williamson

Cottage Kitchen with Green Cabinets

The homeowners were against white cabinets from the onset of the project, so they chose the countertops, a gray and white leathered stone with tinges of green, first. The hints of green in the countertops inspired the light green color of the cabinets, giving the space a unique, look that complements the style of the rest of the home.

Corner Drawers in Green Cottage Kitchen

Even the cabinets in this space make the homeowners' lives easier. The corner drawers take advantage of wasted space in the kitchen by providing extra storage.

Victorian Kitchen with Green Cabinets and Corner Drawers

The corner cabinets in this Victorian kitchen help to eliminate wasted space.

Victorian Kitchen Uses Fans to help Cool the Space

A cool feature of this Victorian kitchen is the use of fans in the space. To help keep the kitchen a shade cooler and to help tie the traditional Victorian style of the rest of the house into the kitchen, designers installed fans throughout the space.

Reading Nook with Storage in Cottage Kitchen

This little reading nook is tucked under a window with wood trim and shutters. These elements and the wallpaper that surrounds the seat bring in a traditional feel, while the reading nook adds seating and storage.

Photo By: Erin Williamson

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