Elements of a Cottage-Style Kitchen

Want to put some quaint and charming into your hardworking kitchen? Take note of these useful tips.

Updated on June 05, 2017 23:06 pm

Camille Besinga

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Achieving a look for your kitchen that feels rustic and pleasant, casual and hardworking all at the same time is easy if you pick the cottage style. Take your cue from stone-clad French provincial ones, or all-wood American Pioneer style. Or how about a quaint kitchen right out of the English countryside?

No matter what the specific look you’re going for, take note of these classic elements for cottage-style kitchens.

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1. Use natural materials for surfaces (flooring, walls, countertops), like wood or stone.

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2. Include open shelving when you plan your storage, as open shelves allow you to display beautiful plate and serving ware.

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3. Beadboard is a common finish for wood in the cottage kitchen; use either as wainscoting for walls, as the finish for backsplashes, and under the kitchen island.

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4. Make use of a deep sink, like a farmhouse-style apron sink, which is characterised by its deep bowl protruding from the beyond the counter. Vintage-style fixtures complete the look.

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5. Metals and other metallic hardware often take on a rustic or antique finish. In the kitchen above, a copper apron sink was used, the colour of which contrasts nicely with the soft green shelves and cabinets.

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6. Cottage kitchens often have sinks located in front of a window, to afford the dishwasher a good view of the great outdoors.

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7. Wrought iron is also a key metal feature in cottage kitchens. This pot rack made of wrought iron adds that nice country touch and at the same time frees up precious shelf or cabinet space.

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8. Baskets also make for great cottage-style storage in the kitchen, especially for foods that shouldn’t be kept away in the refrigerator, like some vegetables. Stow them away under large kitchen islands, or have your contractor or supplier create vegetable drawers made out of baskets.

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9. If you’ve got more than enough space, consider placing a breakfast nook in the sunny side of your kitchen.

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10. If you want to add colour to your cottage kitchen, consider soft hues like pastels, or those with greyish or brownish undertones. But happy and bright colours aren’t shunned, so long as you have other elements to keep within your cottage-style look.

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11. Painted floorboards were common in the early 20th century. A checkerboard style is indicative of American cottage style.

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12. Exposed displays, like on window sills, lend a casual flair to a rustic-looking kitchen.

Cover photo courtesy of Denoxa

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