The kitchen is the most often remodeled room in the house, and a white palette will never go out of style.
Here, beaded-board walls and a classic checkerboard floor look fresh (for a more subtle palette, consider pewter gray instead of black for the checkerboard). Windows free of curtains or blinds take advantage of the natural light that makes white sparkle.
In the kitchen, a curvy marble-topped table stands in as center island.
The blue-gray hue of the countertops has the look of natural stone but is actually made of durable quartz to withstand stains, spills, and scratches. An apron-front sink, bin-pull hardware, and beaded board island are all iconic cottage elements.
This compact kitchen feels larger than it is because of its color scheme of neutrals and whites. A large farmhouse sink and a breakfast bar give this kitchen its cottage charm.
A ceramic subway-tile backsplash, sleek marble countertops, crisp white open shelving on top, and Shaker-style cabinets on bottom create a monochromatic look in this small-space kitchen in Hot Springs, Ark.
Sand-colored cabinetry, marble countertops, and backsplash create an off-white backdrop for bowls, trays, and dishware. Nautical-style lighting above the kitchen island carries the coastal-inspired feel of the rest of the house into the kitchen.
The dark finishes of the floors and the island's top add warmth to the creamy white kitchen. A pair of antique wooden chandeliers over the island completes the look and lends a sense of age to a brand-new house.
This adorably cozy kitchen is home to cookie-making in the winter and lobster boils in the summer. Reclaimed pumpkin pine make up these sleek hardwood floors, and the kitchen island was a roadside find, made from cast iron and wood.
Classic materials, from the nine-paned windows to the marble countertops and pendant light, yield a comfortably chic family kitchen. A pair of wine bottle lamps adds character on the countertops.
Calacatta marble gives the kitchen island and counters a lustrous look. White plates, bowls, and coffee cups can be seen neatly stacked in the custom-made cabinetry. Old-style is certainly restyled in the Victorian in Portland, Oregon.
Give your kitchen an extra helping of cottage charm. Beaded board, marble countertops, and vintage-inspired appliances set the tone for a fresh, inviting space.
Designers decorated this cottage around a central, nautical theme. They added subtle accents, like a porthole window in the kitchen door, and seaworthy knickknacks along a high ledge. The result? A yachty interior that makes you feel like you're on the deck of a boat.
Although this home is new, its blue-and-green color scheme and vintage beach-house vernacular makes it seem decades old.
White kitchen appliances disappear against coordinating white cabinets. Classic granite countertops reinforce the simple, but classic style of this coastal kitchen. The fabric-lined bamboo Roman shades filter the late-afternoon sun.
A mix of materials -- wood, marble, stainless steel, and glass -- are used to create a space that feels new yet authentic. Reclaimed pine floors from an old barn give the kitchen traditional warmth, and industrial appliances and sleek pendant lights over the center island add a contemporary feel.
A pair of industrial pendants from Belgium illuminates the oversized marble-topped kitchen island, which welcomes activities from slicing and chopping to doing homework. Large, upholstered kitchen stools are comfortable and look invisible next to the island.
This North Carolina home’s kitchen cabinets and backsplash allow the bold fabric choices in the breakfast area to shine. Colorful accessories, cookbooks, and dish towels, keep an all-white kitchen from feeling stale or industrial.
Beaded-board cabinet fronts on the bottom and glass-front cabinets above give the option for discreet storage as well as let the colorful dishware bring color into the space. Heart-pine countertops, a farmhouse sink, and pine floors painted a subtle yellow-and-white harlequin pattern give the kitchen an earnest cottage charm.
Vintage charm meets modern efficiency in this open kitchen. Cottage details, such as the apron-front sink and beaded-board island, mix perfectly with industrial accents, such as the appliances and countertops.
The high ceiling of this kitchen keeps it from being stuffy.
A farm table anchors the gathering space in this appealing kitchen. Lightly finished wood countertops contrast beautifully with classic subway tiles and hardwood flooring. Slipcovered chairs keep the arrangement informal.
Custom floor-to-ceiling cabinets maximize storage in this Cat Island, South Carolina, cottage. White walls, white cabinets, and white Carrara marble countertops make the room feel sleek, clean, and contemporary.