Jim Strickland'S Kitchen Design
J. Savage Gibson

Classic Cottage Kitchen

Jim Strickland designed the kitchen at left to have an inviting, homey feel. The blue ceiling calls to mind an old porch, as do the windows bringing light over the counter.

Cottage Details
Quirky lighting: The hanging fixture above the baker's table, single pendant over the sink, and the wall sconces aren't part of a set. They're mismatched and well placed for task lighting just where it's needed.

Metal stove guard: Instead of a flashy metal guard or wall of glazed tile, the owner used panels of roofing metal called Galvalume on the wall behind the range. The steel protects the wall from scorches and splatters, and it doesn't have to be painted.

Cottage Style Kitchen
Tria Giovan

Authentic Cottage Character

Beaded board on the lower cabinets and the antique clock and light fixture add classic cottage style to this kitchen. Homeowner Heather Chadduck removed upper cabinets to keep the room open and airy, moving her dinnerware to an open hutch.

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Countertop with character: Heather poured concrete countertops and crowned them with a marble backsplash fashioned from two boxes of 12- by 12-inch polished marble tiles cut in half. The countertops cost about $50 plus the price of concrete, and the tiled backsplash was far less than a single marble slab.

Drawer pulls: Installing reproduction antique cabinet hardware is an easy way to add cottage character to any kitchen.

The Color-Happy Kitchen
Jeremy Samuelson

Color With Confidence

Homeowner Sally Craven took what she calls the "cheap-and-cheerful route," painting over the woodwork in the kitchen, replacing poor-quality tile with butcher block countertops, and adding bright checked linoleum to the floor. What pulls the color-happy kitchen together are complementary colors on the cabinets, windows, and door trim.

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Mix of old and new: Instead of buying new, the cottage owners reconditioned a 1940s original Wedgewood stove.

Checkerboard floor: Lay two colors of square tiles on the diagonal to add style and visual expanse to the room.

The Clark's kitchen
Ellen Silverman

A Kitchen to Live In

Take a busy couple who love to cook and a two-year-old who can't get enough French toast. How do they describe their kitchen? "Comfortable, warm, and inviting," says homeowner Kate Clark. They applied vertical beaded board to the upper walls and "butterfly board" in place of wainscot. They brought in soft fabric for the entry and the storage area below the sink.

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Island as furniture: The practical island looks like an old dresser with painted sides and turned legs.

Skirted farmhouse sink: Kate found this old sink at an antiques store for $50 and added a curtain. Fabric is a nice break from hard cabinetry to soften the room.

Spices Above the Stove, Concrete Countertops, and Vertical Prints
Robbie Caponetto

Beyond the Practical

Cottage style is all about blending the practical with the stylish. The open shelf above the stove is perfect for keeping spices within reach. Colored concrete countertops are inexpensive and low-maintenance.

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Artwork: Place prints, framed photos, and other wall hangings in a vertical series to create a strong line that draws the eye up toward the ceiling.

Stainless hood: Buy an inexpensive stainless vent from your local home center. Wrap brushed steel sheets around the vent to create a box that runs up to the ceiling. Make it look built-in by adding crown molding.

Stephen Blatt's Kitchen Design
Brian Vanden Brink

Warm and Woodsy

From the soft green color of the poplar cabinets to the gracious arched entrance off the dining room, Stephen Blatt Architects' modern interpretation of the cottage kitchen exhibits timeless style.

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Paneled walls: The horizontal pine boards on the walls are a classic touch. Unlike gypsum wallboard, these tongue-and-groove panels expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity.

Wooden counters: Butcher block is back -- and it sure beats granite for true cottage style. Wood is forgiving to fragile glass, is great for kneading dough or rolling pastry, and will acquire a golden patina over time.

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