Cottage style is all about comfort and easy living. Create a cottage kitchen with well-worn woods, shades of white, personal collections, and these tips.
Slipcovers reflect the easy-living attitude that's crucial to cottage style. Sewn from affordable cotton or canvas, most slipcovers easily slip off and into the wash. Use slipcovers on chairs in a breakfast nook or on kitchen barstools. If you find slipcovers that fit your barstools but are too long, simply trim and rehem the slipcovers. Add a ruffle or pretty trim for extra cottage charm.
A vintage table makes an ideal island in a cottage kitchen. Not only do they provide more work space, they add interest, warmth, and rustic charm as well. Look for tables that are at least waist-high. If you need to add more height or want a movable workstation, add castors.
Open shelving dresses up a bare wall, or if you already have cabinets, get the look by removing cabinet fronts for a quick update. This small addition makes the room feel open and airy and adds space for showing off collections and pretty glassware and dishes in a kitchen.
Vintage-style fixtures such as farmhouse sinks or faucets with Old World style complete any cottage kitchen. For an easy update, look for a new cottage-style faucet that fits the configuration of your existing faucet. That way, you can install a new faucet without having to reconfigure your plumbing.
A staple of cottage decorating is the mix of old and new. This kitchen's new, top-of-the-line range and hood are offset by vintage light fixtures and stools. Another perfect mix is the new marble top on the worn and weathered island.
Baskets give a room casual style. Keep the kitchen organized by storing extra linens, dry goods, or even fruits and vegetables in baskets.
The farmhouse, or apron-style, sink is the sink of choice for many country kitchens. These deep sinks are a perfect combination of history, beauty, and durability.