Three Kitchen Styles
(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: MARCH/APRIL 2004)
A "cottage" was first defined in Europe as a humble and modest, yet comfortable, home. Today's cottage style reflects that lack of pretentiousness by emphasizing simplicity in colors, furnishings and adornments. A cottage look begins with a white palette and lots of natural light. Ornamentation is pretty but basic in accessories such as curtains, chairs and fixtures. Color comes in as an accent.
The cottage look suits this small kitchen in the Kenilworth, Illinois, home of Scott and Adrienne Wisenberger. They removed an interior wall to create a dining corner, and encircled it with windows to admit plenty of sunlight and visually expand the kitchen area. A pro-style range tucked into the scheme adds culinary firepower. Stretching storage space are a butler's pantry, and white cabinets that extend to the high ceilings.
"I love the cheerful tile and big windows," Adrienne says. "Now, the room is light-filled, efficient, yet cozy."
This modest style is great for compact kitchens like this one in a historic home. Plain white cabinetry with old-style cup pulls is the basis for a simple aesthetic, with checkerboard tiles adding colorful whimsy to backsplash and hood. A new apron sink recalls older country versions, while honed granite countertops provide subtle luxury and easy clean-up. A built-in banquette with wall-attached table surrounded by beaded board gives a cozy cottage feel. A faux cabinet door hiding the dishwasher preserves the vintage look.