Cottage isn’t just a decorating style, it is a lifestyle! Cottage style kitchens calls back to happier times and shows wholesome, easy going 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. It originally referred to a house with ground floor living space and an upper floor of a few bedrooms under the eaves of the building. In British English (The language currently spoken in the UK) the term now means a small dwelling of traditional build. It can also be used to describe to modern construction that is designed after the original cottage design.
The pallet for cottage style homes is soft, light and airy. The most popular cabinet and kitchen colors are bright white, light yellows, khaki and turquoise, but any light and fresh color will do just fine for any 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. 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. Low hanging pendant lights keep the kitchen feeling warm and cozy all while keeping the cottage feel alive. Choose a more vintage style pendant with frosted glass or nickle.