Cottage styling is focused on carefree living, where every element conspires to create a casual environment for comfort and relaxation. It reminds us of relaxing beach-side destinations; a peaceful waterfront home with windows thrown open to catch the air and the tranquil sound of waves nearby. It’s the natural, simplistic, calming design elements that make this style so appealing.

Get the look - Cottage Style Kitchen Design with Cottage styled cabinets

The Cottage Style Color Palette

The color palette is simple and soft and combines crisp, clean hues of white, like sunlight reflecting off sand, and cool blue-grays, the color of sky and water. These calm colors are often set off with brighter spots of color like sunflower yellow, passionate pinks, vibrant aqua blues, or other lively colors found in a blooming flower garden. These bright colors are usually used as accents throughout the room to add a fun, upbeat, and summery feeling to the space.

Dura Supreme's Craftsman Beaded Panel cabinet door style in

Dura Supreme’s Craftsman Beaded Panel cabinet door style in “Classic White” paint paired with Sherwin-Williams “Rain” and “Unusual Gray”, Top Knobs Somerset Cup Pull and Apothecary Drawer Pulls in Polished Chrome, and Dupont Corian “Lava Rock” Countertop.

Wood surfaces, cabinetry, and furnishings range from weathered finishes showing the wear of time, to soft painted finishes with crisp, graceful lines. Distressed surfaces are subtle without looking too rustic. Metal finishes can be sleek and simple, or ornate and delicate, sometimes even rusted or worn.

Cottage style materials and finishes. Weathered finishes, Painted cabinets, and Distressed Paint (Heritage Paint) finishes.

For painted finishes consider a soft painted finish like Dura Supreme’s White, Linen White, Classic White, and Pearl, or select a soft hue from our Personal Paint Program.

Personal Paint Colors from Dura Supreme Cabinetry
Dura Supreme Kitchen Island Cabinets with a Personal Paint Program finish shown in Lullaby SW9136.

Dura Supreme Kitchen Island Cabinets with a Personal Paint Program finish shown in Lullaby SW9136.

To create a driftwood like element to your design, add a Weathered finish to a kitchen island, a wood hood, or a built-in hutch or other focal point to tie in this texture in to your project.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Kitchen Island in the Weathered

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Kitchen Island in the Weathered “A” Finish on Knotty Alder

To incorporate a distressed paint look, Dura Supreme’s Heritage Paint Collection can resemble the look of a well-loved family heirloom that has been refinished and had some wear and tear over the years.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Kitchen Island in Heritage Paint

Dura Supreme Cabinetry Kitchen Island in Heritage Paint “K” on Knotty Alder.

Selecting Cottage Style Cabinetry

Crisp white painted cabinetry with simplistic raised or flat panel cabinet doors accented by a few glass door cabinets set the stage for an airy, cottage-styled kitchen or bathroom.  Distressed cabinet finishes like our Weathered Collection, or Heritage Paint Collection, also add drama and texture. Off-white, grays, and blues are also popular selections for painted cabinets. Traditional cabinet construction methods like framed cabinetry (full overlay and standard overlay) and inset cabinetry are chosen for their classic looks. Consider a beaded panel cabinet door throughout the kitchen or as an accent on a kitchen island or built-in hutch.

A collection of cottage style cabinet doors for planning a kitchen remodel project. Kitchen cabinet doors from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Design Elements for Creating Cottage Style

If you are planning to design a cottage styled kitchen or bath try incorporating some of these fun design elements:

1. Cottage Styled Furnishings and Décor:

Similar to cabinetry, soft painted finishes are a popular selection. There’s an eclectic mixture of furniture pieces and home décor ranging from brand-new gems to chic flea market finds, to vintage treasures. Textured design elements like bead board, open weave baskets, burlap fabrics, and wicker are commonly used throughout the décor of a cottage-style interior.

Photo by A Beach Cottage

2. Decorative Bead board Accents:

Select a bead board element to your wall, wood hood, backsplash or even door style to tie this into your design. Mixing the Craftsman Beaded Panel door style with the Craftsman Panel door style is a great way to add an eclectic feel and add a the look of bead board as an accent to your design.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry wood hood with a beadboard look.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry wood hood with a bead board look.

Dura Supreme Kitchen Island shown in a Personal Paint Match finish with Bead board.

3. Glass Cabinet Doors:

Cottage kitchens often display plate ware and crockery through glass doors, which can be a simple clear glass or a hand-blown glass with “seeds” and bubbles.  Mullions or leaded glass add charming detail. Dura Supreme’s Mullion Patterns #1 and #9 and our Leaded Glass Insert (LG-52) are just a few of our glass door choices in creating this look. 

Glass cabinet doors in a cottage style kitchen design with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.
Antique Mirror is another way you can add this look but keep the contents of your cabinets hidden. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Nanci Marsman of Standale Interiors.

Antique Mirror is another way you can add this look but keep the contents of your cabinets hidden. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Nanci Marsman of Standale Interiors.

4. Delicate Turned Posts:

Traditional furniture styled turned posts add detail and dimension to a cottage interior. Try incorporating a traditional styled turned post to create an accent around a sink or an oven, or add a cottage flair to a kitchen island/table. Dura Supreme has a beautiful selection of charming turned posts to select from. Turned Posts B, D, and O are a few favorites to use in a cottage styled design.

Dura Supreme Kitchen Island Turned Post with a Personal Paint Match finish in Open Air SW6491. A pale blue painted kitchen island in a cottage stylle kitchen.

Dura Supreme Kitchen Island Turned Post with a Personal Paint Match finish in Open Air SW6491

5. Add a Hint of History:

Classic design elements like apron sinks, apothecary drawers or a classic plate rack wall cabinet, bring us back to a simpler time and remind us of cozy historic cottages of the past.

Add a vertical or horizontal row of apothecary drawers to add storage for your misc. items with some cottage flare.

Add a vertical or horizontal row of apothecary drawers to add storage for your misc. items with some cottage flare.

All in all, cottage design is inviting, soft, and cozy blending the old with the new. It combined beauty with practicality.  

 

Is Cottage style your interior design style?

Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Sandy Brannock and Cynthia Alsaif-Barthello of NVS Kitchen & Bath Inc.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Sandy Brannock and Cynthia Alsaif-Barthello of NVS Kitchen & Bath Inc.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Linda Williams of Hahka Kitchens. A classic farmhouse kitchen design with cottage styling features and old fashioned styled white oven, white cabinets, glass doors, a table styled kitchen island with a wood contertop and an apron sink with a window view.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Linda Williams of Hahka Kitchens.

A beautiful example of a cottage style kitchen with white painted kitchen cabinets, a wood hood, kitchen island, and white subway tile backsplash. Cottage cabinets by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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