Cottage isn’t just a way to decorate, it is a lifestyle! A cottage style kitchen calls back to simpler times and shows wholesome and cozy living.
Traditional cottages are not very common in the states, but they flourish in Europe. The word “cottage” actually comes from the England architecture. If you are looking to add this European style into your home and life, here are the elements to a cottage style kitchen and home.
The pallet for any cottage is generally soft, light and airy. The most popular cabinet, kitchen and home colors are bright white, light yellows, khaki and turquoise. Even though these are the most common, any light and fresh color will do just fine for a cottage kitchen.
Furniture Style Details
Before cabinets became as we know and love them today, most kitchens actually used furniture pieces, such as pie presses and freestanding armories. Using glass cabinet doors recreates the hutch feeling that were in many cottages back in the day. Choosing cabinets with feet and corbels will add the cottage touch to any kitchen.
Cup style drawer pulls, generally found in old bakeries and old fashioned general stores, add an extra dash of cottage flavor. Choosing hardware with a light patina will help boost the cottage effect as well as add convenience to your kitchen.
Cottages were before the time when tile and carpet were ever used in homes. Choosing hard wood flooring is the only way to go for a cottage style home. Hardwood flooring isn’t the only way to go, choosing any flooring with rich tones to offset the lightness of your kitchen will create the same feeling.
Task lighting is important in any kitchen, new and old. Pendant lights that hang a bit low will keep the kitchen feeling warm and cozy all while keeping the cottage vibe. Try choosing a more vintage style pendant with nickle or and frosted glass.