Cottage style decorating lends itself perfectly to kitchens and baths. From kitchen cabinets to accessories and everything in between, create a warm and inviting space with these nine cornerstones of a cottage style kitchen or bath.
White kitchen cabinets are the obvious choice for a cottage style kitchen. The same holds true for bathrooms with white bathroom vanities. But like white, pastel colors are also key to cottage style; so don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to your cabinetry in shades of pale sage, khaki, dove gray, or tidewater blue. Stick with the clean lines of Shaker cabinets or classic raised-panel cabinets for a timeless cottage look.
Open Shelving and Glass Front Cabinet Doors
Open shelving and glass front cabinet doors allow you to showcase pretty pottery, dishes and colorful vintage glassware, all quintessential to a cottage home. For a true cottage look, opt for simple brackets and corbels that are painted white to hold up shelves.
Hardware for Kitchen Cabinets and Bathroom Vanities
Complete bathroom and kitchen cabinetry with charming glass or ceramic knobs on doors, and bin pulls on drawers in complimentary brass, chrome, or brushed nickel finishes.
Apron Front Sinks
Wood or Tile Flooring
When it comes to flooring in a cottage kitchen or bath, either wide or narrow plank wood will do, as long as it’s a painted or stained in a finish that fits your theme. You can’t go wrong with natural red oak or maple. If you prefer a darker stain, go with a worn patina, and keep furniture and cabinets light. For tile floors in the bath, choose small white penny-round or hexagon ceramic tiles, checkerboard patterns, or light gray or beige limestone.
Beautiful Backsplash Tile
Classic white subway tile fits perfectly in a cottage kitchen or bath when used as a backsplash or shower surround.
Window and Wall Dressings
Whether café or full-height, plantation shutters are a must for cottage kitchens to keep things light and airy. Small-paned glass windows with gingham or feminine floral valances are also cottage staples. Keep walls pale pastel colors in shades of cream, blue, sage green, yellow, or pink, with oversized baseboards, crown molding, and beaded board wainscoting in crisp white.
Comfortably Unique Furnishings
Every cottage home needs a unique vintage piece or two. Shop flea markets for that perfect, one-of-a-kind item, like a painted farmhouse table, caned chairs, or an antique pie safe. Cottage furnishings should be comfortable and inviting, and have a distressed patina that shows age.
Pedestal sinks and claw foot tubs are the ultimate accessories for a cottage bath. Adorn kitchens with wicker baskets, ceramic or enameled canisters, milk glass vases full of fresh flowers, pretty table linens, and vintage country treasures collected over time.
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