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Are cottage kitchens a yay or a nay in your book?
More and more home owners are opting for modern looks in their kitchens. Glossy white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, marble finished floors. But after flicking through my countless period homes magazines archives, I realised something.
If you go for a cottage theme in your kitchen it will never date. And not only that, if your kitchen is super small, you should make a statement of it with cottage style. Give it cottage character.
Good things come in small packages after all, and I've always thought, your kitchen doesn't need ridiculous amounts of space to be on trend.
If you've seen my kitchen before (which isn't regularly featured on my blog, I must say, I've only photographed it in my
post) you'll see that it's sorta small. I always feel like it has cottage appeal with the oak worktops and the stable back garden door though - and believe it or not we're in the middle of a city. It's an urban cottage look!
Anyway, I'm loving having a small kitchen and want to introduce more cottage character to it so I thought I'd pull together some ideas to give your small kitchen some country chic if you live in a pea sized little home. Let's go cottage kitchen chic together!
I hope you like the ideas...
1. Store all of your fruit, veg, bread + laundry bits inside wicker baskets
Seriously, I have a ridiculous amount of love for everything wicker. I've said it once and I'll say it again and again. This versatile material is so easy to find in high street stores or charity shops. It gives texture and warmth to rooms in need of cosy-ing up (can a kitchen be cosy?) and it's a great way to bring the outdoors indoors.
2. Mix and match your tea cups like you have a porcelain addiction
Something I'm slowly but surely collecting (and salvaging from any charity shop in sight) are tea cups. You know, the ornate floral kind with very sweet gold rims and matching saucers? I found 4 for 50p in a second hand shop near me, and as I'm collecting all different types, I'm getting so much enjoyment out of my collection.
3. Opt for open shelves and welcome the cluttered look
I've seen DIYs on pinterest showing you how to remove parts of your existing kitchen cupboards to open up your kitchen and get a shelving look. Stacking gorgeous plates, pots and pans on open shelving is a great way to give your kitchen a cottage vibe. If you're brave you could use a cute vintage floral wallpaper
to sit behind the shelves. So cottagey!
4. Paint existing cupboards or walls in muted tones from Farrow + Ball
I know I'm not the only one who loves
, but really, they are THE paint choice of all choices if you want to channel the country/cottage vibe. Our kitchen has
on the doors and skirting, and it brings in a touch of English heritage. Their paints are all mixed with traditional, period decor in mind making it extremely difficult to get it wrong.
5. Rugs can sit in the kitchen too!
Kitchen rugs are all over pinterest at the mo. Rugs are fantastic genius little things that can totally change the space you're decorating. For a cottage kitchen look, I would opt for a half round crochet rug (bonus points if it's crocheted with plastic style, durable material for high traffic and a lot of cooking spillages) to sit near the sink to keep your tootsies cosy as you wash up. It's the little things!
6. Mismatched old wooden chairs are a must
...and if you can fit one in, get your hands on a rocking chair too. Adorn these bad boys with multi coloured crochet blankets for ultimate cottage chic.
7. Ditch bevelled tiling and opt for artisan crooked edges
Subway tiles are so on trend, but the straight edges never really appealed to me when I was choosing tiles for our kitchen. I knew I wanted the sought after white tile/black grout look but I also wanted a hand made touch that was less clinical. I opted for non-straight edge white tiles on black grout which some might say was a brave decision. We don't have clean edges, but I love them. Crooked = character-filled in my book. Homebase are stocking these
at the mo. I'm so glad we chose them.
8. If it's not being stored in a wicker basket, store it in a Kilner jar!
These beauties are from
. I love them as they're a little different from the clear traditional jars.
have a great selection of clear jar storage in their Kitchen section too, but for a different spin, try all white.
9. If you need mod cons, go for copper
Every kitchen needs a kettle, cocktail shaker and a microwave right? Sometimes stainless steel are the only option and that doesn't sit easy in a cottage kitchen. Where ever you can, opt for copper or antique gold / brass appliances. I love my new copper cocktail shaker from
. It's a steal at only £20.
10. Get yourself a quintessentially English radio, like, now
No cottage kitchen is complete without a vintage style radio.
have a fabulous range of digital radios. This one above is inspired by a fine
fabric / wallpaper. Possibly the cutest collaboration ever between Sanderson + Pure, wouldn't you agree? The Chelsea radio has been born, and looks none other than perfect whilst you butter your toast in your cosy cottage kitchen.
11. Grow your own herbs or daffodils + introduce some green
The beauty of cottage kitchens is how they have an outdoorsy feel without losing warmth from woods, crochet accents and copper utensils. How is this achieved? By adding filling your worktops and window sills with plants. A herb garden is a must in any kitchen. Plant in a long timber pot and you've nailed the look!
Want to see if having a cottage kitchen is the right choice for you?