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