Country-Cottage Kitchen Ideas

Choose your colours carefully
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white as a focus colour. This can make the room look more spacious, but if you want to add some real style and personality to your kitchen, use brighter colours — but just make sure you're restrained.
Use patterns to add interest
Plaid blankets and tweed might come to mind at the mention of country style, but there are far more patterns that can be included in the design of your new kitchen. Stripes, florals, and woodland and farm animal prints will all look delightful against a rustic backdrop.
Add antique details
If you don't want your country kitchen to have too much of a modern look, adding some antique details will give it a more traditional and lived-in feel.
Choose your colours carefully
When designing a country kitchen, homeowners will often opt for white as a focus colour. This can make the room look more spacious, but if you want to add some real style and personality to your kitchen, use brighter colours — but just make sure you're restrained.

Country-Cottage Bathroom Ideas

Natural Materials
The soapstone countertop, wood paneled walls, and antique sink all work together this give the bathroom in this beautiful house a less refined look and feel.
Country White
The texture of the tongue-and-groove planks in this 161-year-old Wisconsin grain mill keeps the all-white palette from feeling too crisp or cold.
Upcycled Pieces
In the master bath of this family's country dream home, a claw-foot tub sits on wood blocks. The vanity is simply an old work bench with a new vessel sink, while a simple salvaged doorknob became a smart substitute for a plain old nail.
Antique Touches
A new master bathroom looks original, thanks to its apron-front sink with toile skirt; old record cabinets provide storage.

Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.

One of the most popular cottage style bathroom ideas is converting vintage furniture pieces into vanities. This is a way to bring the past into a modern bathroom without sacrificing convenience.
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.
Utilise your space fully
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.
Look up
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.
Opt for cool colours
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.
Or on the flipside
Warm, welcoming and comfortable - the country kitchen makes the heart of your home as cozy as possible.
Incorporate rustic details

In the global world of interiors, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether we are talking about country style Gustavian  interiors from Sweden, the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can’t seem to get enough of it.   In this post I am going […]

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In the global world of interiors, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether we are talking about country style Gustavian  interiors from Sweden, the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can’t seem to get enough of it.   In this post I am going […]

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In the global world of interiors, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether we are talking about country style Gustavian  interiors from Sweden, the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can’t seem to get enough of it.   In this post I am going to concentrate on Scandi style in general and look at the different Scandinavian styles in detail in later posts.  For now, here are my 5 key elements for you to consider if you are looking to re-create this style in your home.

5 key elements of Scandi Style
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Scandi style and Light

Natural daylight is a rare commodity for Scandinavians during the long winter months and even during the summer the light is softer and greyer than the harsh sunlight that we are used to in Australia.

Northern light is quite different and therefore homes in Scandinavia are designed to let in as much natural light as possible and to trap it there, so rather than using paint colours, flooring and furnishings that will absorb light, every element in an interior scheme is carefully curated to ensure that natural light bounces around the room.

5 key elements of Scandi style
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As so much of the year is spent without a large degree of natural light it is also important to pay attention to artificial lighting for a Scandi scheme.  By the way, I believe this is true for any decorating scheme and often an element in interiors that is generally overlooked.

Consider using lots of different types of lighting from dimmable LED downlights to wall lights for mood lighting, floor and table lamps for ambience and good quality task lighting for study and reading.  You won’t use them all at once, but each play a crucial role at some point and remember that a layered lighting scheme is always preferable to a single source.

Related: How to choose table lamps

Just think about the feel of a room with one single overhead light, pretty grim, but then consider also using a dimmer switch and wall and table lamps and you have a much nicer space.

5 key elements of Scandi Style
My Scandinavian Home
Colour Palette for a Scandi Style

Bearing in mind the need for light, a colour palette therefore in a Scandi scheme is generally white, with a touch of white and a splash of white to complete the look!  Seriously, this is true to an extent but you can also use gently greyed down colours, either soft duck egg blues, gentle grey greens or pale neutral greys.

Related: Let me show you how to use Beautiful Duck Egg Blue

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If introducing a grey on the walls, opt for one that is very light and offset by a crisp white trim and white and light timber accessories.  Remember that all greys have an underlying colour so ensure that you select one that works with the rest of the colour palette.  To be on the safe side I recommend a neutral grey for interiors unless you are sure about the colour.  Dulux Lyttleton Quarter is a good go-to soft interior grey colour.

Related: How to find the right neutral grey

Of course, any accent colour can be used in artworks and accessories but generally to ensure that natural light is reflected as much as possible, the main colour palette needs to be a white of some description.  This applies to the flooring as well as the walls and ceilings and floorboards are often white-washed or in very pale timbers to create even more light.

5 key elements of Scandi Style

To ensure that you create some definition to this look, the neutral black is your friend here.  Black framed artworks look terrific on crisp white walls and really help to define the space while the introduction of some darker neutral greys in upholstery adds another dimension.

An all white palette can be tricky to pull off as it can appear very sterile and lacking in personality.  You might like to read my article on the mistakes to avoid when selecting white, to help you make the right decision:

Related: 5 mistakes to avoid when selecting white

5 key elements of Scandi Style
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Natural finishes for Scandi Style

When you are working with a very simple light colour palette, you really need to incorporate as many natural finishes as possible.  Scandi style is all about layers.  Any neutral scheme needs definition and this can be introduced with varying textures.

5 key elements of Scandi Style
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Scandinavians rarely install wall to wall carpets, preferring to work with either natural stone or timber for their flooring and employing the use of lots of rugs.  Natural fibres like Hemp, Sisal and Wool in soft neutral colours are an important element of this look.  This is a great opportunity to introduce some soft greys into the colour palette.

My recent post on how to choose the right rug for your space could be useful for you to read here:

Related: How to select the right rug

5 key elements of Scandi Style
My Scandinavian Home

Layers are important too for accessories.  Introduce cable knit woolen throws, soft cashmere blankets and warm fluffy cushions when accessorising beds and sofas in a Scandi style.  The Danes have made Hygge a global phenomenon and as soon as the weather cools and winter approaches the essense of Hygge and the importance of these accessory pieces come into their own.

5 key elements of Scandi style
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Scandi Style needs Simplicity

The appeal of Scandi style too is that the look is free from clutter.  Scandinavians don’t over-decorate and stick to the decorator’s motto of ‘assess a finished room and then take one thing away’.  Clean lines and simple joinery are important for this look.  Unnecessary decorative elements are not used for this style but workmanship is important with the beauty of a piece lying in its simplicity.

5 key elements of Scandi Style
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This doesn’t mean that Scandi style decorating is boring, the appeal is in the pared back beauty of a piece.  The Modernist movement of the mid twentieth century that believed in form following function, transformed Scandinavian style and these retro pieces are still as important to the look as they were 70 years ago.

5 key elements of Scandi Style

Statement Scandi pieces

With such a simple colour palette and crisp clean lines, Scandinavians really value and understand the importance of a statement piece of furniture.  Rather than having lots of chairs and sofas crammed into a room, careful consideration is given to a couple of beautiful items.  It is typical for an entire month’s salary to be spent on an iconic armchair which will take centre stage in a room.  Take this stunning egg chair by Arne Jacobsen as a perfect example and the Hans Wegner Wishbone chair in the dining setting above.

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5 key elements of Scandi Style

To recreate Scandi style

So to recreate Scandi style for your home, remember the mantra of light, white, texture, natural finishes and simplicity and you can start to get a feel of how to successfully incorporate this look. 

Do you love Scandi style?  Let me know how you have used this in your decorating schemes – I would love to hear from you in the comments section below:

5 key elements of Scandi Style

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