Bring the quaint simplicity of cottage style kitchens into your home with these design ideas.
Designer, Jane Ellison
Jane Ellison, designer, featured 10 foot ceilings, limestone counters and a work surface made of African bubinga wood in kitchen renovation. The Venetian plaster range hood, simple cabinets and floating shelves have English cottage look.
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.
Designer Sandra Bird used ceramic tiles in 12 different colors for the backsplash in this cottage-style kitchen. Playful knobs and painted cabinets carry the color scheme throughout the room, and open shelving shows off bright pottery to its best advantage. Photography by Dennis Andersen
Think of it as "cottage Zen": The apron sink and vintage-look hardware are "classic cottage," but the uniform materials and ceiling-height cabinets keep the look clean and serene. Design by Studio Entourage
With its wagon-wheel chandelier, fence-like railings and large-as-life barn doors, this cottage kitchen is sure to put a smile on anyone's face. The red-and-white color scheme hints at gingham and bandanas, two classic cottage motifs. Design by Debbie Pugh, AKBD; photography by Karen Infusino
For the Love of Old
A wooden backsplash and zinc stove hood are the stand-out elements in this cottage kitchen, while distressed edges on the center island add to the long-loved look. Design by Studio Entourage
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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