Comfort Is Key
Key to this kitchen’s laid-back cottage look: simple lines, vintage designs, and breezy seafoam green cabinetry that reminds the homeowners of Depression Era glassware.
The center island mimics the look of an old wood farm table with substantial turned legs, while humble four-legged stools painted white lighten the look and provide practical perches for helpers and diners alike.
A divided-light window above the sink communicates vintage cottage appeal so beautifully that the designer repeated the architectural treatment on the upper cabinets. Crown molding and oil-rubbed bronze hardware instill more cottage character.
At the window, a simple swag softens and introduces pattern, and the deep apron-front farm sink below recalls bygone days.
An oil-rubbed finish gives the new vintage-style faucet the rich, dark patina of bronze aged over many decades. A single handle offers modern convenience while the white ceramic knob links to the past. The granite countertop stands up to moisture and hot-from-the-oven pots while serving as a handsome foil for the pale cabinetry color -- even offering flecks of green and blue for cottage-style continuity.
The classic lines on this commercial-style range suit this look rooted in the past, but six burners and a roomy oven make it a smart choice for modern-day cooking needs. Even better, the stainless-steel finish brightens the room. For surrounding cabinetry, simple recessed panels lend unfussy dimension to doors and drawers that are punctuated with oil-rubbed bronze knobs and cup-style pulls for antique flavor. Underfoot, antique heart pine flooring emanates warmth and old-house character.
Attention to detail enhances the cottage character of this kitchen. The beverage center is given the look of an antique hutch with a corbel bracket bridging the gap between upper and lower cabinets. Divided-light glass doors put barware on display while elsewhere cabinetry camouflages modern-day appliances, such as the matching cabinet front for the built-in refrigerator and a cabinetry surround that minimizes the prominence of the microwave oven.
Abundant storage in the kitchen keeps clutter under wraps so entertaining family and friends remains the focus. A vertical divider in a base cabinet, for example, tidies trays, cutting boards, and more.
An upper corner cabinet can be fully accessed via a bifold door.
Deep drawers keep bulky pots and pans handy but out of sight. The island is the perfect spot for these extra deep and wide drawers.
Baking dishes and serving pieces are easily accessible above the microwave oven.
Laundry Day Delight
Matching the cabinetry and styling allows the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the laundry room. A sink, a washer and dryer, and desk space (out of view) ensure a hardworking layout. Granite countertops provide a spot for folding clothes and potting houseplants, or serve as an overflow meal prep or buffet surface for large gatherings. Windows extend from the countertop to the ceiling, flooding the space with sunlight and views. A checkered valance offers cottage-style whimsy and a charming finish.
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