Monday, January 4, 2010

Guest Author Jessica Ackerman Shares Ideas For Decorating A Small Cottage Kitchen

This guest post is from artist/designer Jessica Ackerman who writes for and offers aspiring home designers the opportunity to get these wrought iron wall plaques and hanging wall vases.

Cottage style decorating is a trend that never seems to go out of style. Ranging from country inspired styles to the more modern shabby chic, cottage style can encompass many tastes. The kitchen is an ideal place to start your own cottage motif; the many nooks and crannies in even the tiniest of kitchens lend themselves to the collections cottage style lovers adore.

Colorful Questions
As with any decorating/design project, start by deciding on colors. Country style can involve a wide range of color palettes, from barn reds to rustic blues and greens to warm, chocolate browns. Shabby chic style tends to be more about pastels, including bright (but aged) whites, carnation pinks, lemon yellows, sky blues and sea greens. A seaside cottage might rely on nautical navy blue, red and white while an English garden inspired cottage may rely on colors from a fresh springtime flower bed.

Crafty Cabinetry
After giving your cottage kitchen a fresh coat of wall paint, look for creative ways to bring your cabinets into your design. After a thorough cleaning and a coat or two of good quality primer, you can treat the surfaces of your cabinets as you would treat any other paintable surface. Depending on your particular style, you might paint the cabinets a neat solid white or one of the colors in your palette. Faux finishes can look great on cabinetry, including sponge painting, rag rolling and faux aging techniques like crackle paint. Creative Victorian cottage fanciers might decoupage vintage photos and magazine pictures to the cabinet faces while country cottage lovers may replace faces with fabric panels. Homeowners with woodworking skills can even add clear or stained glass panels to cabinets to showcase beautiful dish or glassware collections.

Finding The Perfect Accessories

Finding wonderful and charming cottage accessories can be a lot of fun; the hunt for perfect pieces can be as fun as the decorating project itself. Scour flea markets, yard sales, online auctions, craft fairs and local charity discount retailers (like Goodwill or the Salvation Army) for one of a kind or vintage pieces that reflect your style. The beauty of cottage style is how adaptable it is – anything you love and find beautiful can find a home in your cottage kitchen.

Finishing Touches
Once you’ve added color and accessorized your kitchen, a few finishing touches can really bring the space together. A thick, plush rug in front of the sink, cute curtains at the windows and a chalk board for making grocery lists and keeping track of family schedules add a homey and comforting touch. Add pots of fresh herb plants, beautiful flowers in simple vases and wall décor, and soon you’ll have a space you love.

Mix and Match
If decorating your kitchen from soup to nuts in cottage décor is too much, you can combine the cottage style with many other styles to create a signature style all your own. Cottage details can make a striking contrast in a modern kitchen by making the space feel less sterile and more lived in. Cottage style can also work in splashes in a contemporary, rustic or Victorian kitchen. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless.

A special thanks to Jessica Ackerman for providing these great kitchen decorating ideas. Some other ideas for accessories for a cottage style kitchen include cast iron cookware, and these classic porcelain cake plates in red or blue.

1 comment:

Kimberly Aardal said...

I'm on a mission to find some ideas for our home. I don't really know what my style is yet. Most likely a mixture of a couple of different styles. Thanks for giving me some things to think about.