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

One of my favourite coastal looks is a neutral beachside scheme.  We are so conditioned to associate coastal style with the colour blue that we often don’t consider using anything else for this look.   Although blue is a favourite colour for the majority of us, in fact Pantone say 70%, we may not necessarily want to use […]

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One of my favourite coastal looks is a neutral beachside scheme.  We are so conditioned to associate coastal style with the colour blue that we often don’t consider using anything else for this look.   Although blue is a favourite colour for the majority of us, in fact Pantone say 70%, we may not necessarily want to use […]

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One of my favourite coastal looks is a neutral beachside scheme.  We are so conditioned to associate coastal style with the colour blue that we often don’t consider using anything else for this look.   Although blue is a favourite colour for the majority of us, in fact Pantone say 70%, we may not necessarily want to use it in our homes.  People often feel obliged though when they live by the magnificence of the ocean to throw in a splash of predictable blue but you can achieve a wonderful relaxed coastal vibe without touching the colour.

7 tips for a neutral beachside style

Using the beach as inspiration for a neutral beachside scheme

1)      Look to the beach for inspiration.  Take a walk along the sand and take careful note of the local colours at your beach.  The colours in far north Queensland will look quite different to a beach in Sydney and of course a beach in the south of England will most likely be covered in pebbles! It is always a good idea to use local inspiration so that your house fits into the area.  For example, there’s nothing worse than seeing a house of bluestone in an area that is built on sandstone, so think about what is local to you and will therefore naturally work.

7 Tips for a Neutral Beachside Scheme

Putting together a neutral beachside palette

2)      On your walk, pick up some driftwood, shells, pebbles, sand and rock and look at the beautiful natural palette that you have put together.  You will have a wonderful array of whites, greys, soft browns and warm sandy tones from which to choose and you haven’t even glanced at the ocean!

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme
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Finding a wall colour for a neutral beachside scheme

3)      A colour palette for a beachside scheme should start with an off white or neutral for the walls to keep the look light and airy.  Grab some paint chips from your local hardware store and lay them out with your inspirational pieces.  (Remember that in some areas you can’t take shells etc. from the beach so you may need to rely on photographs).  Look at the pieces from your walk that really attracted you.  Was it the soft greys of weathered driftwood, the mix of white and grey from pebbles or the crisp white of a shell?  Use these to match your wall colour.

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme

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Introducing layers in a neutral beachside scheme

4)      As lovely as all white schemes can be, they can become too one dimensional.  Remember that a coastal look should be laid back and relaxed with nothing too perfect so it is a good idea to introduce some tonal variation with warm greys and natural linens.  So again, look to your beach inspiration and match fabric and rug samples to the pieces you found.

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme
Image – Vivian Grace

Related: How to select the right rug

Select a matt as your finish of choice

5)      To keep the relation to the beach, consider the textures that you use in addition to the colours.  Look again at your inspiration and you will see that natural pieces from the beach have been eroded over time and have wonderful matt and rough surfaces.  Even a pebble that has been worn by centuries of waves and is beautifully smooth, will not be shiny.  So ditch the polished glass, granite and metal surfaces and opt for natural matt finishes for furniture and accessories.

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme

Introducing timber into a neutral beachside scheme

6)      Weathered, aged timber is really on trend at the moment for lining walls.  So take advantage of this wonderful trend as a way to add interest and beautiful rough texture to your coastal scheme.

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme
Image – Starfish Cottage
The finishing touch for a neutral beachside scheme

7)      A perfectly styled vignette that evokes the beach will be a wonderful reminder of where you are.  Get creative and fill jars with pebbles, make lamps from driftwood and use local stone for a paperweight.  These finishing touches really evoke the beach and will complete a beautiful neutral coastal look.

Related: A Coastal Style Vignette

Here is a palette that I have put together from a gorgeous coastal photograph.  Remember that even the ocean is often grey and white too!

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme

Using this palette as a guideline you have a fresh white for the walls and woodwork or a soft grey with white trim.  Darker smoky blue/greys for the sofas/rugs or the sandy brown neutral could be used.

I would love to hear how you decorate for a coastal look.  Do you love using neutrals for a scheme like this?  Please feel free to comment and also to follow my Pinterest board on Coastal Neutral Schemes for lots of inspiration, now and in the future.  Enjoy!

7 tips for a neutral coastal scheme

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