Simplicity Warms the Cottage Kitchen
Light, airy and open is the way to go with cottage kitchen style.
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Cottage style implies light and airy, charming and casual. It is no longer relegated only to summer homes, but chosen for year-round decorating.
- Cottages evoke vacations at the beach or cabins tucked in the woods. The mood is relaxed and casual.
- Early cottage design was very basic since craftsmen rather than architects were doing the designing and building. The walls might have no insulation, only studs; shelving might simply be a board between two studs; and the ceiling was open to the rafters and beams above since there probably was no second floor.
- Simplification is the mainstay of cottage design: use a monochromatic color scheme (traditionally white), leave the shelving open and accessible, and use flat panel doors and cabinetry with minimal detailing.
- Beadboard was frequently used on walls as wainscoting and as backing for open shelving.
- White is the most often used cottage color, but other choices might include darker colors that have an aged patina.
- Period style and muted metals like brushed nickel or oiled bronze are appropriate choices to complement a farm-style porcelain sink. Likewise, honed rather than polished finishes for counters and hardware are appropriate.
- Free-standing furniture pieces can be used for storage in a cottage style kitchen.
- Because they are often small, many cottage kitchens have open-style floor plans.
Designer Tobi Fairley shares how she transformed a ho-hum space into a high-end kitchen infused with cottage style.