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Overview

This months editorial informs on the parts and pieces found in a Cottage Kitchen with enough detail for you to start planning. I know that like myself there are kindred soles who like to jump right in and just do. I also know that at some point you need in depth detail and facts to make final informed choices. You can find this high level of detail in future editorials.

Relationships

Cottage kitchens belong to the same family as country kitchens, rustic kitchens, French country kitchens, classical Swedish, clean lined beach cottage, victorian cottage, and farmhouse kitchen design. Like these other looks, Cottage style decorating is honest, always ready to greet you and de-stress you.

Setting the Mood


Lots of sun light streaming in from many windows sets the mood. A view looking out into your yard adds a sense of poised calm to your space. A simple hood or apron sink at the centre of your design makes a great focal point. A breakfast table or a comfy booth to sit in at once causes your kitchen to warmly greet your family and guests. Add country style dishes, an old clock, rustic furniture, or chests from another era to make your kitchen uniquely yours. A palette that includes whites, neutrals, and pastels creates a breezy, relaxed, kitchen and dining room. A setting with a great deal of worldly experience and feeling is born.

Elements of Cottage Kitchens

It’s all a matter of taste as to how bona fide you want your Cottage Kitchen to be. Keep in mind that a Cottage style kitchen design is light, airy, calm, peaceful and untroubled. The style defines the meaning of a simple way of living. Your kitchen reflects your one of a kind blend of traits and class. This is the one room of the home that sees a lot of family oriented activity.

Next, a light study of the parts and pieces that go into making a Cottage kitchen. Get your overview here and when you are ready to delve into the making of your new Cottage kitchen get an in-depth study of the topic in the following editorials.

Cabinetry and Hardware

Cabinets

Your grandma may have had chunky wooden worktops. Butcher-block counters are ever popular, up to the task and develop a good looking golden tone over the years. Other fitting materials include granite, engineered stone, solid surface, ceramic tile, laminates, soapstone, marble, and concrete. Cottage kitchen cabinets are as a rule painted white or with light shades.

Beadboard or plank and batten doors add the look and for the most part are found in Cottage kitchens.

Seeded or clear glass doors in upper cabinetry display your colourful dishes and serving pieces.

Open shelving, plate racks and architectural elements give rise to the look of Cottage style storage. Blend in the shelving with the walls by whitewashing anything that needs painting.

Wainscoting, a subway tile or patterned vintage tile backsplash, simple crown moulding to top the cabinets all play a part in your kitchen design.

Use exposed feet on lower cabinets to match the form and features of  furniture.

Wrought iron handles like old-fashioned freezer handles or large wooden knobs fit right in.

Other

Add a distressed, light coloured hutch that doesn’t have to “match” other surfaces in your kitchen, but still looks great and fulfills the task well in it. I know that it is great to have stainless steel appliances and by all means do not be afraid to display them. You can also cover the fronts of modern appliances with white wainscoting, vertically aligned beadboard panels or even draperies.

Sinks and Faucets 

Cottage kitchen designs often include a white farm or apron sink. Metal finishes such as oiled or antique bronze, or even copper fit right in. Buy a retro sink and matching faucet made to look as though it were pulled from an old farmhouse and placed right in your kitchen.

Flooring

Painted wood plank floors are truly classic and easy to take care of. Apply a new finish to your wood floor so it has the look of being weathered. Another way to go is to paint your floor and use stencils to adorn it. Fitting flooring materials include vinyl, linoleum, laminate, rubber, ceramic tile, quarry tile, and natural stone.

Windows and Walls 

Windows 

Windows windows every where. Cottage kitchens enjoy lots of natural light and fresh breezes.

Soft romantic floral patterns in window coverings are found in Cottage style decorating.  Paint exposed framing white to add truth to your room’s makeover. Window treatments are easily sewn from lace or sheer fabric. When you need to be free of being seen, add a simple shade that can be lifted during the day.

Fitting Cottage window covering types include venetian blinds, valences, shades, roller shades, roman shades, sheers, lace, cellular, wood and shutters on the inside.

Walls

Distressing your walls brings off a “weathered-by-time” bona fide look. Take away existing finishes on bricks and varnish to add drama. Add charm and beauty to your kitchen with beadboard on walls or the fronts of cabinets. Simple crown mouldings, baseboards, window and door casings, plate rails all add to the look of a real Cottage kitchen.

Ceilings and Lights

Pendants, retro lamps, schoolhouse fixtures, farm style lamps, sconces and romantic chandeliers all are great choices to light your Cottage kitchen. Look for an older light fixture you’d like to use.

A classic Cottage ceiling often includes exposed beams and boards that are often painted white as white can be. Add crown mouldings for added style. Or try a more stately coffered ceiling.

Colour and Texture

Cottage kitchens are made up of colours right out of your garden, cozy sit-in-me right now furnishings, rich textures, and worn finishes. Pick up braided rugs or make them yourself to add warmth to your kitchen. Tins and hatboxes covered with fabric bring together your colour scheme while storing kitchen utensils or odds and ends. Add accessories and decorations like mismatched crockery with worn looking tea & coffee sets to make the kitchen your own. Place a milky white farm pitcher on the table and fill it with sunflowers to complete your magazine-worthy Cottage kitchen. Add your photos or wall art to bring the overall theme to a fine finish.

You may use out of the ordinary furniture pieces in your Cottage kitchen. In fact I suggest it. A dresser works in place of a built in floor cabinet, a hutch as a secretary desk. Refinish found pieces from the second hand store for the island or storage cabinet.
The furniture you select need not match, it just needs to be sturdy, useful for the task and easy on the body when seated. Handy with a paint brush? Bring it home and paint it to match your colours. It’s possible to keep the rustic style flowing by using free standing furniture wherever possible. Old bookcases fit in with your needs to display your favourite recipe books, basket drawers store utensils and shelving to hold your mismatched crockery.

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