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A Look at Cottage Kitchen Design

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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The cottage look is a popular kitchen design, as it features comfortable decoration and an inviting, farmhouse-style look. If you're thinking about creating a kitchen design based on the cottage style, here's what you'll need to know.

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Furniture Style Drives Kitchen Design

Furniture detailing is one key element of the cottage style. Many of today's kitchen designs feature furniture-style elements that add a warm yet elegant look to the room. The cottage kitchen style falls squarely into this trend, as it often combines:
  • Curved legs on the base cabinets.
  • Old fashioned moldings around cabinetry and tables.
  • A kitchen island made with carved legs.
  • Any detail that is reminiscent of an old fashioned farmhouse.

Try an Apron Front Farm Sink

The cottage kitchen design often features a grand old farm sink, with an exposed front that showcases the depth of the sink and any artistic embellishments. While grandma's old farmhouse typically had a large white porcelain sink, they now make apron sinks in many styles and materials, including:
  • Stainless steel - to blend with commercial styled appliances.
  • Copper - either smooth or hammered to add some texture
  • Porcelain with raised etching

Let Paint Boost Flooring and Walls

Paint is used frequently to create a bold kitchen design. One option is to paint the wood flooring a bold color, such as black with red overtones. This creates an old farmhouse look and draws attention throughout the room.

When painting walls you may want to use warm yellows or blues. These colors can coordinate with kitchen cabinet tones, decorative wall tile, window treatments and other kitchen accents.

Also Consider these Decorator Favorites:

  • Plate racks on display. This correlates with the old fashioned style. Try displaying plates on the wall, above the cabinets and in island shelving.
  • A decorative wooden range hood.
  • A kitchen island with beadboard painted white.
  • A sink with a fabric skirt, perhaps in a bold pattern.
  • Old fashioned pine panelled walls.
  • Butcher block countertops.
  • Painted cabinets in rustic green or aged white.
  • A large work table that doubles as the family dining space. Try a large pine table with bulky furniture style legs.

The cottage look has captured the hearts of many homeowners. If you've been looking for a warm, relaxing style for your kitchen design, try adding some of these features. The results can be refreshing - and as charming as grandma's old farmhouse.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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