When you live in a rural area, it’s hard to keep your home decor from leaning towards a cottage-y style. There’s just something about open air that makes you want to cozy up in front of a fire with a good book and a patterned china teacupful of tea. Thankfully, cottage is a style of decorating and you don’t need to live in the country to have it. The kitchen, being the center of life in a home, is a great place to start bringing in that cozy decorating. Take a look at these 10 tips that will give you the cozy cottage kitchen you’ve been pining for.
When you’re going for a cottage style, it can sometimes be difficult to choose your color scheme. Cream is a given in anything rustic and when you go cottage, you’re in luck. As long as you include a pastel shade with your cream, it’s sure to be a hit. Think mint or lavender or buttery yellow.
You might think this is too French at first, but don’t all good cottage kitchens have exposed beams? If you can manage it, do a little renovation on your ceiling and either expose the beams you have or install some. You’ll adore the cozy rustic feel they create.
Keeping on the wood train of thought, butcher block counters are the best, especially when you’re decorating anything rustic. They’re inviting and warm to look at and add a pleasing touch of wood to your kitchen. Not to mention there is a multitude of butcher block topped kitchen carts that will match perfectly.
If your kitchen has windows, resist the urge to purchase a cliche flowery valance. Opt for burlap or linen instead. The plain fabric will let in all the natural light you want and add a sense of home without feeling dated. It will make you want to replace all the window treatments in your home.
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