Creating a Cottage-Casual Kitchen for Your Home

Creating a perfect space means you know what your space needs and what you want to get out of your space. Collecting inspiration for the space can take weeks and even months to feel confident in knowing that you’re going to love the end result. 

That’s why we created this Cottage Kitchen Design Inspo outline! 

Cottage kitchens create a charming space with an emphasis on functionality. Built for comfort, cottage-casual kitchens bring life to the center of your home. 

If you’re looking to contrast the old and new, consider these cornerstones of cottage style to help transform your kitchen into a cozy cooking space. 

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Clean and Simple Materials 

When creating a cottage-casual kitchen, it’s important to select details that forgive wear and tear. Consider durability, warmth, and timelessness when developing your vision. 

One of the hallmarks of a cottage kitchen is comfort. Create a seating area that’s friendly, rather than flawless, by opting for plenty of cushioned seating and fluffy fabrics. 

Wicker is a popular choice for both kitchen storage and seating. Incorporate either natural or painted-white styles on open shelves and countertops to maintain a classic look.

Butcher Block Countertops

Known for their durability, butcher block countertops offer a timeless appeal for cottage kitchens. The warmth of the wood and organic appeal of the grain offer a beautiful way to bring texture into your kitchen. 

If you’re not looking to commit to complete countertops, consider breaking up work-top surfaces by using more than one type of countertop material. A butcher block kitchen island could stand as a focal point and inviting work-station. 

Because there are a variety of woods to choose from, butcher block can offer a classic look when paired with stone floors or a modern and fresh take on cottage-casual when paired with bright neutrals. 

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Maximizing Space in Cozy Kitchens

It’s important to keep your cottage kitchen airy and well-connected. A combination of closed-front cabinets and open shelving can help to maximize space in smaller kitchens while keeping the style from feeling static. Consider incorporating a movable butcher-block-topped kitchen island for extra prep space. 

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Small-Pane Windows

Opting for plenty of paned glass is another great way to keep your cottage design feeling light and airy. If privacy is a concern, consider replacing ordinary cabinet doors with glass-front models. 

Cottage-Style Colors

Cottage-casual color schemes can vary widely depending on your personal preferences. While often consisting of whites and soft pastels, many cottage-casual kitchens feature warm and bright color palettes. Incorporating accent colors, such as a pop of bright blue on cabinetry, or patterns, like gingham curtains, can help you strike a balance for a neutral, yet playful, kitchen.


Gel Stains for Butcher Block Customization

With six colors to choose from you can easily customize your Butcher Block Countertop with your favorite stain color. Hardwood Reflections Gel Stains are designed specifically for butcher block or other interior wood products that require a very high-end finish for an area of heavy use.

Build an Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Learn how to add a unique look to your kitchen countertop or island with Hardwood Reflections Acacia LIVE EDGE Butcher Block. Live Edge means the characteristics of the outside of the tree are on the edge of the butcher block and will go in and out up to a half of an inch. In this video, you will learn how to turn our Acacia Island Top Butcher Block into a DIY table by utilizing pre-drilled holes for legs, and finish with mineral oil to make a food safe DIY Table Top. These also work great in the kitchen and can be made into beautiful Food Safe Grade Butcher Block Counter Tops!

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