There are a few reasons why cottage kitchens are popular. While they largely appeal to traditionalists, a true cottage kitchen also has a few contemporary accents and/or just the right amount of eclectic pizzazz to appeal to the modernists as well.
We’ve put together a list of 5 elements that you can use to inspire your own cottage kitchen design.
- A softer palette. Typically cottage kitchens have a more pastel color palette set against a white canvas. Any softer or pastel color will do, from gentle yellows and blues to oranges, greens and turquoise. Tablecloths and runners are a smart way to keep your color accents flexible.
- Open shelving. Open shelving offers a more airy and spacious feel, especially in smaller kitchens. Look for farmhouse-style furniture pieces, like the Cotswold Hutch, that have a combination of open and closed storage.
- A functional kitchen island. You’ll be hard pressed to find a cottage kitchen that doesn’t have a functional kitchen island, complete with a work-friendly top and convenient storage below. Add a couple of bar stools for spillover seating.
- Hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are both literally and figuratively warm. Visually, the wood grains and a rich finish are pleasing to the eye, while bare feet appreciate the warmer-than-tile difference. Dress them up with a colorful area rug.
- Hanging lights. Reproduction antique pendant lights add charm, intimacy and ambiance. Use dimmers to control their task versus ambient effects.
Cottage & Bungalow has kitchen and dinning room accents to complement the ultimate cottage kitchen.