Traditional cottage kitchens are prized for their original features – whether stone flagstone floors, rustic ceiling beams or weathered inglenooks – it’s these details that give cottage kitchens their unique charm and homely feel.
When thinking about cottage kitchen design ideas, it’s important to consider how best to make these features really shine while also creating a space which is practical and welcoming.
Now that you know a cottage kitchen is all about natural materials, perfectly curated pieces and original architectural features, take a look at our favorite ideas.
1. CREATE A WELCOMING FEEL WITH A RUSTIC TIMBER TABLE AND CHAIRS
Cottage kitchens are so much more than places to prepare food, they really are the heart of the home and a vintage kitchen table is essential to creating that perfect social hub and homely cottage feel, as Helen Parker, creative director at Devol explains.
2. MAXIMIZE NATURAL LIGHT WITH CABINETS IN MUTED COLORS
Cottage kitchens often have low ceilings and small windows, so the key to a good design is taking every opportunity to optimise on natural light as Nerine Vacher, Kitchen Designer at Neptune, reveals.
3. CHOOSE REAL WOOD SHAKER-STYLE CABINETRY
As any cottage owner knows, there’s rarely a straight line to be found, with this in mind, bespoke cabinetry is often the best solution to getting the most out of awkward spaces. The simple, paired-back design of classic Shaker-style cabinetry will beautifully complement rustic architectural features.
4. SHOWCASE RUSTIC PERIOD FEATURES
Cottage kitchens are brimming with desirable period features, so make sure your design makes the most of them. Rather than conceal rustic exposed brick or stone walls with cabinets, try opting for simple wall shelves which will allow the history of your property to shine through. Cabinets and a backsplash created from reclaimed timber enhance this vintage French look.
5. CREATE A BLANK CANVAS FOR LAYERING VINTAGE FINDS
Keeping walls and cabinets white is a brilliant foundation for showcasing the vintage pieces which give cottage kitchens their unique charm, as Adrian Bergman, senior designer at British Standard by Plain English explains.
6. CONSIDER FREESTANDING FURNITURE
When space is at a premium, as it often is in small cottage kitchens, it’s a good idea to factor in some freestanding pieces to bring flexibility to your kitchen layout. Try opting for a moveable kitchen island or butchers block, or small vintage table, as pictured above, which will create extra prep space but can also be easily moved to the side of the room if you need to make space for guests.
7. FACTOR IN PLENTY OF STORAGE
‘Effective small kitchen storage is another simple way to create a happy and homely kitchen.’ explains Nerine Vacher, kitchen designer at Neptune. ‘Including a single piece of furniture, such as a cabinet, or larder, you can completely transform your kitchen, by creating more surface space and keeping clutter out of sight.’
Freestanding furniture is handy, such as our Chichester potboard, as it provides shelving and drawer space, as well as an extra bit of work surface.’
8. ADD A VINTAGE DRESSER TO DISPLAY COLLECTIBLES
An iconic, practical piece which has furnished kitchens across the centuries, a classic wooden dresser is a mainstay of the cottage kitchen. It offers the perfect space for displaying those prized brocante finds and vintage ceramics, but also lends a homely feel.
These are some ideas to take inspiration from.