In most homes, the cooking space is the central hub where families and friends gather to share meals or hang out. That said, cottage-inspired kitchens are arguably the most welcoming because of their simplified and casual good looks. If you are looking to pull off this homey style in your abode, you've come to the right place. From natural materials and breezy color schemes to understated furnishings to task lighting, our favorite cottage kitchens will inspire you to create a super inviting cooking space.
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Classic Cottage Kitchen With Practical Features
The classic cottage kitchen is more about function than cutesy decor—case in point, this charming example by interior designer Nicola O'Mara. Dove gray, Shaker-inspired cabinetry with beadboard sides establishes a vintage feel. Rustic wood shelves filled with Mason jar storage are both useful and minimalistic features that lend homey style. Not shown in the photo is the small farmhouse sink, another cottage kitchen staple deep enough to wash large pots and pans.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Modest Cottage Kitchen With Clever Storage Features
Cottages are typically small and modest places with smallish kitchens. This teensy example spotted on Danbolig packs smart features that make the most of its small footprint. The custom countertop packs drawer storage that makes up for the lack of upper cabinets. The rod across the window whips up room for cooking utensils. On the wall on the right hangs a mini pot rack stocked with the bare essentials. Note the backsplash over the stove—it is an inexpensive sheet of stainless steel.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Charming White Cottage Kitchen With Retro Accents
There is no doubt in our minds that when it comes to enduring style, you can't go wrong with a classic white kitchen. This cottage-inspired cooking space by interior designer Jess Cooney combines Shaker cabinetry, traditional trim, and a mini subway tile backsplash punctuated with charcoal gray black grout. Glass jars turn pantry items into beautiful display pieces. A few more articles like the vintage wood box and retro red scale lend vibrant color and earthy texture. The frosting on this visual treat is the sign that reads Eat, Drink And Be Merry.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Rustic Cottage Kitchen With Warm Tones
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson opened up this ceiling in this adorable cottage to create a more open and airy great room, which included the very homey kitchen shown. The rustic wood accent wall is made up of discarded planks from the renovation. The cooking space tricked out with white features has plenty of base cabinets which eliminated the need for upper cabinetry that could make the cooking space feel cluttered. Cottage-inspired furnishing from the white china cabinet to the wood dining table with mismatched chairs pour on the country charm.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Vintage Cottage Kitchen With a Few Modern Upgrades
This lovely cooking space by Alys Design certainly spells cottage style. The vintage cabinets were treated to a fresh coat of paint. Rustic wood shelves create more storage space while providing an opportunity to show off a few lovely things. The red apple sign is a whimsical touch that personalizes the space. Notice the new tile backsplash and slate flooring—both are modern updates that do not disrupt the kitchen's retro cottage appeal.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Cottage Kitchen With Pops of Pink
Modern cottage kitchens typically have a retro vibe that is personalized to fit the homeowner's taste. According to interior designer Sarah Phipps, this cooking space's retro charm is serendipitous. The wood boards used to create the retro-inspired backsplash were discovered behind the original drywall. In fact, many of the adorable features in this kitchen are secondhand. The yellow cabinets were initially unpainted oak and were a bargain from a local reclaim store. The industrial light over the sink is refurbished vintage. The retro-inspired pink fridge, however, is a spanking new Smeg. We love how it matches the plank wall.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Austere Cottage Kitchen for Modern Minimalists
Some cottage kitchens can have an austere vibe thanks to Shaker-inspired furnishing like the wood benches and dining table shown in this cooking space by James Judge. The room's clean lines and lack of frills establishes an unfussy and minimalistic feel that's 100 percent modern.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Bright and Cheerful Cottage Kitchen
We cannot think of a more cheerful cottage kitchen than this lemon yellow example by Alys Design. The pale wood plank wall sets off the vibrant base cabinets. A practical, white enamelware set is beautifully displayed on open shelves. Check out the butcher block top table with stools in the foreground, we love that it doubles as a kitchen island.