Antique white cabinets, apron front sinks, and a generous sprinkling of charm — there is no denying there are certain key elements that go into designing a classic cottage-style kitchen. But you don’t need to live in an old cottage to get the look. Here, we will tell you how to create a charming, cottage-style kitchen with all the modern convinces you would expect in a 2017 home.
Clean and Simple Cabinetry: Most cottage kitchens feature bright or antique white cabinets. Decorating fads come and go, but thankfully, white kitchens are equally as popular today as they were in the 1920s and 30s. This timeless cabinet choice is clean and fresh, and when paired with the simple lines of Shaker design, it’s a match made in Heaven. Choose cup pulls for the finishing touch on your clean and simple cabinetry.
Pastel Paint Colors: While an all-white kitchen is beautiful (and historically accurate), you can also accent your white kitchen cabinets with pretty pastel wall paint. Shades of pale pink, green, blue, aqua, yellow, or gray are light and cheery, and can add a soothing and subtle touch of cozy color to an otherwise white space.
Apron Front Sinks: Cottage kitchens almost always feature an apron front sink. These deep, farmhouse staples are both pretty and practical. Choose from copper or stainless steel with either a single or double bowl.
Butcher-Block Countertops: Butcher-block countertops are warm and inviting, and can accentuate white kitchen cabinets in a lovely way. It may not be practical to do your entire kitchen in this material, as it requires a bit of care, especially around water. Instead, you can opt for natural stone countertops like white marble or black granite, and reserve butcher block for your kitchen island.
Kitchen Islands: While a kitchen island offers practical space for meal prep or entertaining, it can also make a wonderful statement in a cottage-style kitchen. This is especially true when you choose a cabinet finish in a coordinating warm wood tone, or a mix-and-match color such as Tidewater, or Sage.
Farmhouse Furniture: Whether you choose a weathered farmhouse table with a breadboard edge, or a round pedestal table in a distressed, painted finish, the furniture you have can add character to a cottage kitchen. Pair your table with X-back or slat-back wooden chairs with caned seats, or cotton slipcovered cushions for casual cottage style.
Small Details and Cheerful Accessories: It’s the small details that make a cottage kitchen feel cozy. Beaded wood paneling, or shiplap painted white or in a pastel hue, can add visual interest to a large, empty wall. A floral or gingham valance can add whimsy to a kitchen window. Milk glass or metal pendant lighting can add vintage ambiance. Glass front cabinets, open shelving with vintage brackets, wicker baskets, ceramic canisters, and glass jars filled with fresh wildflowers add to the cottage charm, and complete the look.
At The RTA Store we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets, and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool