A cottage style  kitchen is all about the details. It’s everything beadboard, ironstone, floral, bright whites, and flea market finds. A cottage kitchen should have all the charm of the early 1900s, and all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. It should be a place for gathering, cooking, canning, and relaxing with a glass of wine. It combines the best of culinary and sensory comforts. From the glass bowl of the mixer to the popping of the stovetop popper, elements of a cottage style kitchen take you back in time.

Whether you’re looking for a complete remodel, or just adding to your home décor, here are a few elements to pull off a cottage style kitchen no matter where you live.

    If there was one must-have on the cottage kitchen list, it would be the farmhouse sink. It is a beautiful addition that is not only gorgeous, but also completely useful. Cottage style kitchens are made to entertain and feed a crowd, so you better have room for cleanup too.cottage-1

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Paint Colors   

 Muted colors, pastels, or lighted tones look beautiful in a cottage kitchen. The use of color can enhance the space, but if you’re not into colored cabinets you can bring color in through the backsplash, chairs, curtains, or paint.cottage-2

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Cottage Hardware    

Hardware is a great way to accent the cottage style kitchen. If you’re lucky, you can find vintage hardware at antique stores, but otherwise an oil rubbed bronzed, or brushed nickel work perfectly.cottage-3

    Cottage kitchens are bright, light, and welcoming. Open the window, use sheer curtains to let the light in, have plenty of lighting to keep things bright and inviting.

    All kitchens should have seating, but a cottage kitchen needs cozy seating. Somewhere for people to eat, drink, laugh, play cards, and eat again all without leaving the room. Pillows and cushions in soft colors and cozy patterns work perfectly in this space.cottage-5

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    Bead board   

 Bead board is also an essential element of cottage kitchens. Whether you use it to wrap the island, or just as a decorative accent, it works perfectly in the space and can be easily painted to match the colors of the room.cottage-6

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 Cottage kitchens have a focal point.

 Like this traditional range hood that is accented with wood details and the tile accent in the backsplash. The focal point is clear, but not overdone. The range hood is beautiful and works perfectly in this space.cottage-4

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    Open shelving is a great way to bring the kitchen together. If you need the space, you can use it for plates and bowls, if you don’t – fill it with flea market finds or vintage kitchen accessories.

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