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

Garden designers know all about borrowing the outlook from your neighbour and making use of their trees and hedging in your own scheme and the same principles apply when looking at an outdoor room of your very own.  Your indoor space absolutely must benefit from your outdoor area or you are wasting valuable real estate space. I have […]

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Garden designers know all about borrowing the outlook from your neighbour and making use of their trees and hedging in your own scheme and the same principles apply when looking at an outdoor room of your very own.  Your indoor space absolutely must benefit from your outdoor area or you are wasting valuable real estate space. I have […]

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Garden designers know all about borrowing the outlook from your neighbour and making use of their trees and hedging in your own scheme and the same principles apply when looking at an outdoor room of your very own.  Your indoor space absolutely must benefit from your outdoor area or you are wasting valuable real estate space.

How to link your outdoor room

I have to say that my favourite part about living in Australia is the amount of time we spend outdoors.  Living near the ocean north of Sydney, I can often have lunch outside throughout the year and dinner outside for over half of the year, which is a real treat. 

My outdoor room is as important to me as my indoor living room. 

How to link your inside to your outdoor room - 5 easy steps
Image: MacDonald Jones Homes

Even for those in colder climates, it is still great to be able to look outside to a garden or even a simple courtyard space and enjoy the beauty of it from the inside.

How to link your outdoor room to inside

5 steps to link your outdoor room with your inside space

Here therefore are my five steps to link your outside room with your inside space wherever you may be in the world:

1)      Number one has to be colour.  This sounds obvious but if you have a wall that extends outside, it really has to be the same colour or at least the same toning as that from inside.  There is no point having a blue feature wall in your outdoor room without having some blue inside, even if it is cushions or lamps.  Therefore colour wise, treat the two spaces as one room – you wouldn’t suddenly switch to a different scheme in one half of your living room so you shouldn’t do it here either.

How to link your outdoor room
Image – No Chintz

2)      Don’t forget the floor.  You can continue tiles or stone from inside to out.  There are lots of tiles that come in a simple honed finish for inside and a non-slip finish for the exterior and these vary so little in their look that you can create a seamless finish between the two spaces.  If you can’t get a product that comes in the two finishes then simply colour match the two.  Remember Step one here – treat the two spaces as one.

How to link your outdoor room
Image – Di Lorenzo Tiles
How to link your outdoor room to the inside - 5 easy steps
Image: Apartment Therapy

3)      Furniture is important here, particularly if you want the space to appear as one room.  You wouldn’t have two dining tables in a room, unless you were running a bed and breakfast, so the same applies here.  With generous French windows or contemporary stacking or bi-fold door options, the look can be seamless and therefore a dining table inside can be paired with a lounge setting outside.  Or of course you can mix these around.  It really depends upon what you are using your inside room for.  Again, treat it as one space and keep the look coherent with similar designs of furniture.

How to style an outdoor room
Image – Canvas and Sasson

4)      The green stuff.  Naturally, a garden space will have greenery which works so well to soften a space so don’t forget the appeal that it can bring to an indoor space.  A fantastic indoor palm tree or even a statement vase with magnificent greenery placed indoors will link the space and make it feel like part of the garden room when the doors are open or closed against the elements.

Related: How to incorporate the Greenery Trend

How to link your outdoor room

5)      Finally, pay attention to the lighting so that you can enjoy your outdoor room and the extra space and look that it creates for indoors, even when the sun has gone down.  Consider lanterns for party time and simple in-ground solar lights to place under statement trees and plants to bring atmosphere that only well thought out lighting can.

How to link your outdoor room
Image – The Garden Glove

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for lots more inspiration for outdoor rooms.

How to link your outdoor room to the inside in 5 easy steps

One of my recent articles in Country Home Ideas magazine is about Inside Out colour schemes – you can read the full article here:

Country Home Ideas – Inside Out Colour Schemes

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