Bring the quaint simplicity of cottage style kitchens into your home with these design ideas.
Designer, Jane Ellison
Cottage style kitchens—one of the more popular design options—mix a farmhouse feel with true vintage appeal by combining down-to-earth style with playful patterns.
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While the overall color palette of a cottage kitchen is subtle and slightly understated, fun pops of color and texture are what give the design a casual, but family-friendly style. For example, a kitchen with white cabinetry might pair well with a pale yellow kitchen island that has been decorated with antique-finished knobs and handles. Consider completing this kitchen design with pub-style seating covered in a sweet pattern, like pale pink with white polka dots. Stainless steel appliances and overhead lighting will also work well in this design, but be sure to factor in these elements when setting a budget to determine your kitchen remodel cost.
Cottage-style kitchens don't necessarily evoke a sense of sophistication. Instead, they present a bright, airy feel, with white and light-colored designs paired with a bit of vintage flavor. Consider including retro appliances, open wooden shelving in lieu of traditional cabinets and whitewashed surfaces to create a farmhouse look. For kitchen islands with seating, chairs can include an eclectic mix of flea market finds, and "artwork" for the walls might be a framed advertisement from the 1960s.
Accent your kitchen area with vases in the form of recycled bottles and curtains made from floral, gingham or other nostalgic patterns to complete the overall look of your design.
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