Country cottage style combines romantic, rustic, antique, homemade and earthy touches to create an eclectic design. A kitchen with a country cottage theme mixes these different touches to form a welcoming atmosphere with an old fashion flare. The style is versatile enough to work with several different selections, from comically painted cow plates to a sophisticated lace tablecloth.
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Walls and Floors
Traditional and natural are two key elements in choosing the right walls and floors for a country cottage kitchen. Wooden floors, light or dark, add a rustic accent, whereas cobblestone floors add a classic accent. White or cream-coloured walls pair well with a simple design and pale brick or rock walls provide interesting detail to the background. For example, dark wood floors and cream brick walls form a warm kitchen background with a vintage feel.
White and/or natural wood are the most popular choices when it comes to cabinets for a country cottage kitchen, but blue and yellow also pair well with the general style. Tile and stone countertops can add any design to the kitchen, from cheerful to rustic. Pale blue wooden cabinets with pale yellow tile countertops and floral decorated white tile trim provide a cheerful touch to the kitchen. Light wood cabinets with light granite tile countertops and light wood trim provides a casual touch to the kitchen.
Vintage reproduction appliances are expensive, but match well with a country cottage kitchen. An old-fashion porcelain sink, faux cast iron stove and/or vintage “icebox” refrigerator provide modern convenience with a classic look. Simple appliances in light or faded colours can also work for the kitchen if your budget is limited. You can combine a baby blue fridge in a 1950s style with a simple cream stove and a vintage white sink to create a simple country background to accent with cottage pieces, such as embroidered hand towels.
An eating area is an important part of creating a welcoming atmosphere in a country cottage kitchen. Any kind of traditional wood table and chairs can work with the style. A round white wood table and light wood chairs with sunflower-patterned seat cushions add a bright and cheerful accent to the room. A square dark wood table covered with a cream lace tablecloth and matching chairs with seats painted cream adds old fashion elegance to the room.
Decorative accents help tie an eclectic country cottage style together by echoing hints of colour and texture found elsewhere in the kitchen. A vintage vase painted with birds adds a splash of colour to the kitchen table and a basket of hand towels in the same hues as the vase echo the tones with a rustic twist. Rooster shaped teapots displayed on a white shelf adds a farmhouse touch and a painting of a wheat field ties into the theme without appearing repetitive.
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