Cottage kitchens hark back to classical times and convey an atmosphere of warm intimacy with family and close friends. Beadboards, light colours, vintage furniture with wood floors and colourful curtains are characteristic features of a cottage kitchen. You can also make it an eat-in kitchen with a classical set of dining table and chairs with matching cutlery.
In designing your cottage kitchen, most of the features might remain the same, but you can convert them into graceful design elements as per your taste. If you want beadboard, you might do well to go with the traditional tongue and groove style, which expands and contracts according to the weather.
A classical cottage kitchen has open shelves on the walls instead of cabinets. Adding decorative brackets will give them a chic personality and you will get extra storage. Display your everyday pots, pans, glasses and other utensils as a mark of your domestic pride. And oh, don’t forget that stray stool for anyone who wants to keep you company while you’re cooking.
Select warm colours to create a country-like ambience. You can perhaps enhance with old-fashioned window frames and a wooden door. Hardwood floors are de rigeur for cottage kitchens. See if you would like to leave the planks bare and display the natural beauty of the grain. However, if you want to paint them, give it a design such as checkerboard. If hardwood flooring is not for you, go with vintage tiles like linoleum, terra-cotta or slate.