A lakefront cottage kitchen brings generations together in a space as cozy as the site's original cabin.
The kitchen's pretty, yet casual style reinforces a sense of intimacy. Simple Shaker-style cabinetry was customized with furniture-style details. The roomy farmhouse sink accommodates heavy-duty clean-up tasks, while the style keeps in step with the kitchen's cottage look.
Efficiency is a must when cooking for a full house, and a compact breakfast bar, equipped with all the essentials, eases the morning routine. The built-in microwave saves counter space and anchors the breakfast station. The area also offers a coffeemaker and a toaster, and is also conveniently located next to the refrigerator.
The backyard vista of a lake inspired the cabinetry's soft green color. Coordinating shades of green grace the walls and ceiling. Subway tile is a classic choice for the backsplash; however, a herringbone pattern behind the range puts an unexpected twist on the look. It adds texture and interest without overpowering the cabinetry or simple color palette.
Part island, part farmhouse table, this handy spot offers additional counter space and a cozy eating area without the bulk of a traditional island. Its placement creates clear traffic routes and eases congestion in the kitchen. Behind the hybrid island, a hutchlike built-in serves double duty as another storage area and display space.
Similarities between the furniture-like details of the cabinetry and island reinforce the kitchen's cottage style. Decorative extras, like the legs on the island's farmhouse table, give this island an eye-catching twist.
Simple recessed-panel doors convey classic cottage style, while curvy feet, rope columns, and beaded edging add fine-furniture touches to the hutchlike built-in.
To create a spacious feel, an efficient layout is important. Opening to an adjoining dining area makes the kitchen feel more spacious. This casual dining area is the perfect place for family members to share meals and enjoy the view of the lake.