Beckon us to relax with their clean simple materials, muted
colors, and details reminiscent of times gone by. Traditional-style cabinets often
boast white-painted or distressed-wood finishes, along with glass-front doors
and open shelving just right for displaying cherished collectibles. Deep farm sinks.
islands posing as tables and garden-inspired accents link these kitchens to our
shared agrarian past. Upgrade this unpretentious look to elegant by adding
marble or granite countertops. Sparkling light fixtures. unexpected hues. and
gleaming metal accents.
Cottage style revels in being eclectic. a quality
aptly demonstrated through this kitchens use of contrasting
textures. Rustic surfaces (a weathered work table. honed
marble backsplash tiles and tumbled Limestone floor tiles) mingle with gleaming metal objects (stainless-steel pendant lights, display shelves, and chimney hood) to create a space that invites further exploration. Galvanized -steel barstools inject a little industrial-chic attitude; black metal windows offer a hint of country French.
Fresh cottage from top to bottom. This kitchen boasts
masquerading as a vintage hutch, and a dark-stained
hardwood floor. The cabinetry gets furniture-style flair
through the addition of crown molding, a curved valance, faux feet, and mint-green-painted beaded board covering the hutch’s back wall, Polished-marble countertops add a luxurious touch: black accents add subtle drama.
Don’t Let the sleek pro-style appliances fool you. Virtually every other aspect of this cottage kitchen
celebrates beach-inspired relaxation—from the coffered
ceiling’s craggy beams to the easygoing wicker counter
stools and range-niche backsplash tiles awash in ocean
hues. The island’s chunky turned Legs and beaded-board panels provide a laid-back counterpoint to its massive marble countertop. Rustic wall timbers and hardwood flooring add the warmth of wood to this open space.
Looking for all the world like a farm
table, this freestanding ‘stand adds old-fashioned charm to a key work zone. At the marble-topped table, the cook can chop vegetables or roll out dough while enjoying the sunshine streaming in through a bay window. Traditional cabinets get their charm from crown molding, faux feet, and glass-front doors adorned with muntins. Stained-wood perimeter countertops echo the warmth of traditional hardwood flooring.