Cottage Kitchens: A Charming Collection

When you talk about cottage style, it doesn’t necessarily apply to small living spaces. If you subscribe to any of the cottage style magazines available today, you’ll notice some of the featured homes are actually quite large. Cottage style is first and foremost comfortable, often colorful, and signified by slightly worn finishes and painted furniture. Bead board, natural textures, wicker furniture, and floral fabrics are mainstays of cottage style. I love the cottage look, especially when applied to kitchen spaces. So today I’m sharing my love for this comfy cozy style by sharing a collection of cottage kitchens found on Houzz.

Cottage KitchenPhoto by Eclectic

Painted shiplap lines the walls of this cottage kitchen, clad in white cabinets with a mix of open shelving. A marble counter top pairs with a butcher block kitchen island, while accents of yellow and aqua add cheery color.


Shabby Chic KitchenPhoto by Joanne Palmisano, Salvage Secrets

In this cottage kitchen, we again see touches of aqua paired with dusty rose. Simple cabinets are offset by a beautiful wood floor. Note the use of mismatched chairs around the painted kitchen table. I rather like it, do you?


Cottage KitchenPhoto by Crisp Architects

Cottage kitchens aren’t always white. This cozy kitchen wears beautiful wooden cabinetry with wood counter tops and flooring. Painted bead board keeps the space fresh and light.


Beach Style Cottage KitchenPhoto by Patriot Builders Inc

Beach style decorates this light and airy cottage kitchen, with starfish standing at attention above the French door and colorful glass bottles reflecting sunlight from the skylight above. Pale blue paint washes the wall like waves on the beach.


Cottage KitchenPhoto by CapeRace Cultural Adventures

If you don’t like to overwhelm your home with color, this cottage kitchen shows how to add a delightful touch of many bright colors by lining up nesting bowls on a single shelf. A colander of apples, a floral curtain, and flowered apron add just a bit more color to the space.


Cottage Kitchen with Blue CabinetsPhoto by CapeRace Cultural Adventures

This blue cottage kitchen has a great vintage vibe. Cabinets from the 50’s are left unadorned with a vintage counter top. Note the old-fashioned faucets at the kitchen sink and the metal paper towel dispenser. And what kitchen doesn’t look appealing with a fresh-baked pie cooling on the counter?


Cottage KitchenPhoto by Whitten Architects

Farmhouse appeal pairs with cottage style in this beautiful kitchen. An industrial stove looks great under its unique hood, while a wooden counter top echoes the grains of the flooring below. A mint green kitchen island looks perfect nestled in the center of the room.


Cottage KitchenTraditional kitchen ideas

Painted kitchen cabinets really stand out in this large kitchen with a unique mix of open shelving and glass front cabinets. Note the use of mismatched hardware.  Ball feet on the kitchen island give a pleasant nod to quaint cottage style.


Modern Cottage KitchenPhoto by Sabrina Alfin Interiors, Inc.

Stunning blue and gray tile create a colorful backsplash in this white kitchen with bead board paneled cabinet fronts. A touch of natural texture graces the windows in the form of bamboo shades. Did you notice the built-in wine rack above the pass-through window?


Cottage Kitchen with Large Kitchen IslandPhoto by Our Town Plans

I love a substantial kitchen island and this one doesn’t disappoint. Pale blue blends beautifully with the white, creating soft appeal. I would love to cook in this cottage kitchen!

I found plenty more cottage kitchens but I’ll save them for another day.

View more of my cottage inspiration at my Cottage Style Ideabook on Houzz:


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  1. These are all wonderful, Jennifer. I really love the one with the wood shiplap and white cabinets – so unique and such a great contrast. The second one reminds me of my Grandma’s kitchen. She had a sink just like that and it was in an actual farmhouse. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. These are all beautiful kitchens, Jennifer. The ones that have a farmhouse vibe are my favorite cottage kitchens!

  3. Carol Paulus-Kalis says:

    All of these kitchens were like a breath of fresh air. So bright and cheerful. I could almost feel the breeze coming in through the windows!
    Thank you.

  4. So much inspiration-I love the first photo!

  5. You showed stunning examples of the different cottage styles. I would love to have any one of them

  6. I agree with you that some cottage kitchens in magazines are huge and not the traditional cosy ones that we should think of in a small home. I prefer the smaller cosy ones myself. The photo of the vintage aqua kitchen is awesome. My mother-in-law had one of those chrome dispensers for wax paper, plastic wrap and paper towels just like in the photo. These are all beautiful kitchens with lots of ideas. Thank you.

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