Guidelines to Creating: A Cottage Kitchen

February 2, 2015   |   Guidelines, News, Showroom Scoop

There is no style that conjures up feelings of warmth, comfort and  the desire for PIE better than that of a cottage kitchen. Cottage kitchens have a unique style with special abilities. It is a style that takes us back to a simpler time and evokes a sense of easy, carefree living when tasty treats were always in the oven and an afternoon snack didn’t come in a crinkly plastic bag. Kitchens like these are very popular in homes along the lakeshore for obvious reasons, but span into homes more inland as well.

If you wish to incorporate this style into your home start by preheating your oven, break out your apron and  follow these guidelines we developed at the Woodways design center!

1.Try adding color: Usually, the cottage palette is light and airy. It is hard to go wrong with crisp white and other fresh looking colors such as soft yellow or light khaki. But a punch of color never hurts if you are looking to add some personality to your kitchen. We suggest trying a mix of cabinetry colors. For example, paint the cabinets one color and the island with another that is contrasting.


2. Install beaded board: Beaded board is an element most consider quintessential to achieving the classic cottage look. If you aren’t familiar with beaded board it is grove styled paneling that adds custom architectural interest with little fuss. It has a lot of visual impact, meaning you don’t need to do a lot to create a cottage vibe.

3. Make cabinetry look like furniture: Before cabinets ruled the kitchen, freestanding armoires, chests and ovens were the norm. Cottage style kitchens evoke that time period by adding custom furniture features to built-ins and cabinets. A few good ways to achieve this look is to add bun feet to lowers, corbels beneath upper cabinetry and to paint a section a contrasting color to make it look like a built-in hutch.


4. Skip the fancy hardware: When deciding how you want to dress your cabinets think simple. A couple excellent choices are classic knobs of cup-style drawer pulls that lend an extra dash of cottage flavor. If the hardware seems a little too dull for your tastes jazz them up with a specialty finish such as oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or glossy black paint.

5. Open up the space: A great way to make a cottage kitchen feel bigger is by incorporating open shelving in place of upper cabinetry. Open shelving used to serve a more practical purpose, allowing cooks to retrieve dishes quickly and easily. Today they are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. They are a great place to display antique dishes and accessories that add an extra element of interest. Another great option is exposed cabinetry. Replace doors with glass insets to conceal dishes from messes but still show them off.

6. Nail the sink: Farmhouse sinks, also called apron-front sinks feature a broad face and extra deep bowl perfect for large pots. These sinks create the sense of country living at first glance. They are also super for soaking large pans… and hording dirty dishes. Make sure your kids know they still need to load the dishwasher even if the sink is the faster option. We know how kids can be, always looking for the short cut. But how can you blame them? Most of us are always looking for an easy way to get things done. That’s why we hope these guidelines make it easier for you to create the perfect cottage kitchen!


For more inspiring kitchen styles check out Guides for Creating A Traditional Kitchen, and Contemporary Kitchen.