Create a warm and cosy cottage style kitchen

Posted in Blog
16 March 2020

Creating a warm, cosy kitchen for your family.

Here are some tips to help you achieve the informal, rustic charm of a cottage kitchen.

Simple cottage-style cabinets

Cottage style cabinets should be clean and simple to look at - natural wood finishes with accessories kept to a minimum.

At K Interiors, we have a range of cottage-style Nobilia kitchens that use natural materials and colours as their theme. Their neutral tones make it easy to accessorize your overall kitchen design with pastel colours, traditional plaids or floral designs.

Shaker-style cupboards can be painted in neutral or pastel shades. Cabinets can be complemented by the addition of an old-fashioned dresser or wooden sideboard. This gives you a place to display traditional and attractive accessories such as painted crockery and copper pans.

Old fashioned, hardwearing worktops

Your worktops should be functional looking rather than high end chic. Large stone slabs or wooden surfaces will create a traditional appearance.

Granite, quartz and even laminate worktops are long-lasting and durable and now come in a range of colours. It shouldn’t be difficult to find one in a style and finish that will fit in with your cottage design.

Kitchen table or island with mix and match furniture

Traditionally, a cottage kitchen would have a large wooden table or island as its centrepiece. This not only gives a focal point to the design, it’s also a highly practical place where the whole family can gather.

Islands are a great way to maximise storage and workspace. You can store appliances underneath while using the top to prepare food. Ideally, you should have enough room to put chairs or stools on one side of the island.

The beauty of cottage-style kitchens is they don’t have to be perfect. You can choose to have mismatching chairs and rustic furniture. And take full advantage of any existing features such as exposed beams.

A county style colour scheme

The walls of your cottage kitchen should be fairly neutral in colour. Vintage pastel shades will harmonise with rustic wood tones. Or you may prefer a simple white or cream design that brings a spacious, airy feel to the room.

If you’d prefer to have some colour, think soft greens or neutral tones like putty. Matt finishes are more appropriate for these types of outdoor shades.

As well as colour, try incorporating natural materials and textures into your design. Woods and stone can be used in cabinets and worktops. Flooring could be in a simple grey slate.

Alternatively, terracotta or orange-brown tiles could be used to bring a homely warmth to a fairly neutral colour scheme.

A traditional look to contemporary appliances

Of course, your appliances won’t be traditional with the exception perhaps of an aga. When it comes to kitchen appliances, the oven is the standout item, and you can now get both full size and mini range cookers.

Meanwhile, built-in fridges, freezers and dishwashers can be made to harmonise with your cabinets. There are also many companies now producing freestanding fridges and freezers with a retro feel that would blend in perfectly with a cottage surround.

Would you like advice on creating a cottage style kitchen?

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