Cottage Kitchen Design Ideas

Whether sheathed in beaded board or furnished from flea markets, cottage kitchens are a welcoming place to gather with family and friends. Get the look in your kitchen with these style tips.

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    Timeless Materials Add Vintage Appeal

    Surfaces that suggest age exemplify the relaxed look and touchable textures of an easy-care cottage kitchen. Your favorite counter stools mix with marble countertops, while gray subway tiles suggest age and timeworn character.

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    Opt for Fresh Features

    An all-white cottage kitchen is classic, but pretty painted base cabinets in pastel blue make a room shine bright. Cork floor tile installed in a chevron display and a DIY range hood add modern interest to this room’s otherwise traditional cottage design elements.

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    Add Character to New Spaces

    New house? No problem. Use cottage icons such as beaded board, moldings, schoolhouse lights, and an apron-front sink to create almost-instant architecture and a sense of history. Install pieces in stages as your budget allows.

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    Paint It Pretty

    Pastel accents, such as a mint-green beaded-board and soft yellow wall color, join traditional white cabinetry to create this charming cottage kitchen. Crystal pendants sparkle above the T-shape island, while Edwardian-style faucets, turned legs, and shapely hardware add feminine touches.

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    Try an Unfitted Design

    For a kitchen that looks like it has evolved over time, loosen up the wall-to-wall cabinetry and opt for an unfitted design. Shop for refurbished appliances or new ones with a retro vibe. Think about omitting upper cabinetry or replacing some closed cabinets with shelves. Add an antique table and seating to give the room a lived-in feel.

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    Elements of Cottage Style

    Discover how to add loads of charming cottage style to your kitchen.

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    Go For Gray

    A breezy open layout and soothing gray color palette keep this kitchen calm and collected. Antique silverware adorns the steel base of a distinctive light fixture, balancing the cottage feel of travertine flooring and horizontal wall paneling.

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    Comfy Seating

    Help people feel at home in your kitchen. Add a comfy place to sit and visit. Partner a table with curvy wicker chairs and a padded banquette to create a cozy spot for dining and conversation.

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    Showcase French Flair

    Open shelving, a skirted sink cabinet, and a shimmering chandelier provide Parisian charm in this cottage kitchen. A black hutch-style cabinet with plenty of patina gains added function with chalkboard paint.

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    Cottage Kitchens with Blue

    Blue is a quintessential color for cottage-style. See how to use the color in your cottage kitchen.

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    Lighten Up

    Avoid a mass of solid white cabinetry by retrofitting recessed cabinet doors with glass. A sleek industrial island contrasts basket storage for a fresh and functional workspace.

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    Embrace Black and White

    This spacious kitchen gains an heirloom attitude from muntin windows topped with transoms, beaded-board paneling above the range, and wrought-iron cabinet hardware. Display shelves and cup hooks keep everyday dishes in full view as an invitation to socialize.

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    Combine Cottage Elements

    Cottage style is many things. In this kitchen, it's the white custom cabinetry with brushed door pulls and bin-style cup pulls that give it a vintage vibe. It's the apron-front sink, honed granite counters, and subway tile. It's also adding simple homey touches like the striped rug and the antique step stool with chipped paint.

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    Vary Wood Finishes

    Blend painted wood with natural finishes. White is a classic cottage color choice that works well with a number of wood tones such as unfinished, whitewash, or dark. When choosing materials for your cottage kitchen, create a storyboard of your materials to see how they will look together before buying.

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    Add Furniture-Style Details

    Furniture-style cabinets with feet and simple crown molding add to a cottage design. Create the look of vintage built-ins from a bygone era with glass-front cabinetry and brackets, beaded board, and a contrasting countertop material made from wood or stone.

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    Go Beyond White

    Cottage-style color schemes often consist of white and soft pastels. But don't be afraid to punch it up with a bit of bright color: An island painted a warm tomato-red brings this room to life.

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    Use Accessories to Accent Style

    This refrigerator and freezer disguises its modern function with paneled doors and old-world hinges and handles. The soft blue-green finish breaks up the expanse of white and introduces a classic cottage color into the scheme.

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    Install Beaded Board

    Feel free to use beaded board liberally in a cottage kitchen. It looks great on walls, ceilings, islands, and on cabinet doors. To add an unexpected twist, install beaded board horizontally or on the diagonal.

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    Glass-Front Cabinets

    A glass-front hutch is a great place to create and curate a vignette of items both useful and beautiful. Add details like beaded board to the back of the cabinet and use cupboard latches to turn up the cottage charm.

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    Display Collections

    Show your stuff. Whether it's everyday dishes or found treasures, open shelves (or open cabinets without doors) let you display what you use and collect.

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    A Chameleon Style

    Ask four people to define “cottage,” and you’ll likely get four different descriptions. Spanning locales, eras, and lifestyles, cottage is all about personal style. For example, a pale blue oven and green cabinetry might lend itself to a beach-cottage look. But pair them with exposed rustic ceiling beams, wall paneling, and dark wood floors, and this versatile kitchen will look fresh in many locales.

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