Cottage-inspired homes always remind of family atmosphere, and bring a bunch of unpretentious details that make the place cozy, as for instance natural fabrics and materials.

Cottage style is not simply an interior solution, but an overall friendly attitude you could attach to every room back home, in particular the kitchen which is gaining more and more social character.

In fact, cottage kitchen design ideas are among the most popular and easiest to execute, which is why recommend them to our readers.

But how do cottage style kitchen designs actually work? Let us explain:

Unobtrusive palettes

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Had you decided to make a cottage-like kitchen, pay specific attention to the color scheme you are going to introduce.

Cottage style leans on the rustic, traditional side, and therefore favors cream, beige, and any similar pastel nuance. In order to break the monotony, you can spice it up with a bit of buttery yellow, mint, or even lavender.

Storage space

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The same as every other kitchen, cottage kitchens handle the question of storage with care, and try to introduce as many storage elements as possible.

The kitchen has to be functional and practical for the owner to accomplish his tasks, which is why once again more belongings have to remain hidden than displayed.

Still, some designers would tell you that the cottage-style kitchen trademark is open cabinetry and shelving, since it keeps the place more spacious and casual.

Pine lines

Pine lining is one of the most recognizable aspects of cottage kitchens, where the architecture question is solved with paneling warms walls and grooved styling.

Visually, these look nice because of the calm and unobtrusive appearance, and it is quite impressive how something we don’t even notice at first sight can so irresistibly remind us of a cottage.

It simply blends with the rest of the décor, which is mostly due to the creamy colors, and the old, distressed looks.

Beaded boards

Cottage kitchens can tolerate beaded boards like no other kitchen, so feel free to experiment with them. They will look amazing on your cabinets, islands, walls, or even the ceiling itself.

If you want to make them look even more interesting, swap them horizontally. Use a fresh pop of crispy white and the look will be completed.

Hardwood floors

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One of the things that make cottage kitchens so cozy are their hardwood floors, which look both warm and inviting, and leave a lot of room for you to add any element you like.

They will have an extraordinarily good effect if you use them continuously around the house, which is an idea you probably already considered as the most durable and easiest to maintain.

Still, everything depends on the materials and finishes you’re going to choose, but we recommend you to look for the highest quality ones.


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The synonyms of cottage kitchens are casual themes and comfortable settings, which can be achieved with sturdy wooden tables, comfy chairs, and natural fabric pillows in traditional colors and patterns.

Noticeable beams

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Noticeable and exposed beams may sound too French for you at first, but they are really typical for every cottage kitchen around the world.

If feasible, renovate the room, and install the beams on your ceiling. You will simply love the rustic and homey feeling they impose.

Store-like hardware

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If you don’t want to go over the line with your budget, you can consider store-like hardware and spring-inspired latch one to add a cottage breeze to your kitchen.

Remember that hinges and cabinet doors have to belong to the ‘same era’ so go for bin-style handles and drawer pulls.

Farmhouse sink

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That’s their popular name among users, but designers call them apron-front sinks, and couldn’t recommend them more for cottage inspired kitchens.

Just think about one of them, and you will immediately understand what you have to do: the face should be broad, but shallow, with a super-deep bowl to accommodate all of your big plates and pots.

You will instantly be reminded of country living, just that this time the space will be cleanly-lined and there won’t be the farm fuss to handle. Many producers are selling sinks specially designed for the purpose, so it shouldn’t be a problem to purchase an ideal one. If you can think of a place that sells second-hand, that’s even better!

Lower pendant lights

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Once you’ve furnished and decorated around, you will face the most difficult part of the task: how to purchase the perfect pendant lights that will look cottage-enough to blend in the picture, but will still provide enough light for you to cook there.

In fact, that’s a problem that appears in every style, so this time pick something you find cozy and impersonal. Avoid spotlights and modern, metal solutions, and choose simple fixtures in vintage spirit, ideally made of frosted glass.

Displayed cookware

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Your cottage kitchen will look even nicer if you display some of your cookware in an elegant manner. We recommend you to sort out the pots, pans, and other bigger utensils and to hook them on the wall, as to emphasize that the kitchen is a family getaway where someone is often busy cooking.

If deciding on the cookware, pick pieces that are both interesting and utilitarian, and make sure your guests will see and admire them.

Butchery-inspired block counters

We already highlighted the importance of natural wood in cottage kitchen, so we’re staying on the same train of thought, and suggesting you to consider butcher block counters which are as rustic as it can get.

At the same time, they look warm and inviting, and they’re very affordable on top of that.


Both cottage-style storage and seating can benefit from wicker, as natural wicker makes the most of your kitchen’s classic looks. Consider it for the shelves, spray-painted countertops, or any other element you’d like to make more appealing.

Furniture-incented cabinetry solutions

In the past, when cabinets still did not exist, there were pie safes, presses, and freestanding armoires to serve the purpose of storing kitchenware.

Most of the furniture at the time was also built-in, and one can only wonder why such a practical approach lost advantage in time.

Still, you can evoke the style in your cottage kitchen, and put bun feet under the cabinets, or corbels above them, or you can even go as far as to paint the built-in hutches in a contrasting color to create the illusion that the cabinet is not fixed to the wall.


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As counterintuitive as it sounds, cottage kitchens have nothing to do with cliché flowery valances, so resist the temptation of buying them.

Instead, choose linen or burlap, because they’re both natural and plain fabrics which never go out of style.

At the same time, they are very practical because they let sunlight come inside, but they still protect your privacy and look homey enough not to be replaced in future.

Cute shutters

When it comes to shutters, the cuter the better! They are quintessential in every cottage kitchen, and do a far more important job than simply protecting your privacy – they tell the cottage story without you even moving a finger.

Glass jars

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Instead of keeping them in the pantry or the closet, take the glass jars out, and turn them into your favorite kitchen accessories. Display them on the shelves, and they will make you look like a canner, even if that’s nowhere close to the truth.

Follow sales and tag them

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Stay aware of buffet and hutch sales for your TLC, and tag the ones you like. Sometimes, it will only take a fresh paint coat and a recycled piece of hardware to turn your kitchen into an apparently aged cottage.

Flea markets and inexpensive garage sales are the best way to start, and they will enable you to style your kitchen at a fraction of the price.

Remember china!

What we all want to do in a cottage kitchen is to gather around the warm fireplace holding a uniquely patterned china cup, and sharing precious moments.

If that’s your vision too, consider your china solution, and pick interesting flowery plates and cups you can afford. In fact, you’re very likely to find such on your trifting expedition, and be brave to make your own sets and combinations.

After all, cups are easy to replace, and it won’t break the bank to do so.

Large baseboards

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Impressive and oversized baseboards are impressive and attention-demanding, and they clearly convey your idea of having a turn-of-the-century-kitchen.

They can be the final touch for your beautiful floors, especially if you choose wide planks with base cups on top to custom the look.


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Even if we put it last, greenery is simply mandatory for every kitchen. Besides, planting your own herb garden inside is reasonable from many other aspects, and gives you the chance to do something really unique and personalized in your cottage kitchen.