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The changes are simple. Pretty colors, painted cabinets, and soft fabrics give kitchens a comfortable feel. Hardworking surfaces and well-planned work areas offer comfortable working conditions. That sense of ease translates into a room that smoothly adapts from party central to short-order restaurant.
Stretching tiles on the diagonal can make a narrow galley kitchen look wider. Oversize tiles stretch space more than small tiles. Use two colors to create a checkerboard, a common cottage pattern.
Although an open kitchen might be new to cottage style, it's a surefire way to bring a casual attitude to the space. Cabinets turn a corner to hide some of the utilitarian appliances. A wood-topped island looks like a sideboard rather than a kitchen working surface. The color scheme of the kitchen provides a neutral background for the berry-and-white fabric used in the family room.
Wicker-wrapped bottles create a still life on top of these kitchen cabinets. The wood and wicker tones add warmth to the airy all-white space.
Here are more ways to add cottage style to your kitchen:
• Update the cabinets. A coat of paint easily transforms any tired kitchen. If the cabinet finish is good, just replace the knobs to give the doors a facelift.
• Hide recessed lighting and task lighting. Let the light show rather than the fixture.
• Eliminate clutter. Make space for appliances in cupboards rather than on countertops, keep cooking gear in drawers, and put staples, such as flour and sugar, in simple glass containers.
• Provide comfortable seating. Soft cushions on benches and chairs invite guests to linger. Add an upholstered chair and a small side table if you have the room.
• Make room for a vintage piece of storage furniture, whether it's a white-painted cupboard or a wall cabinet edged with twigs.
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