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

Your choice of kitchen door handles can have the greatest impact on the overall look of your new kitchen but this is often a crucial detail that is overlooked and then becomes a last minute choice.  Let me take you through some ideas and show you how much a difference the type of kitchen door […]

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Your choice of kitchen door handles can have the greatest impact on the overall look of your new kitchen but this is often a crucial detail that is overlooked and then becomes a last minute choice.  Let me take you through some ideas and show you how much a difference the type of kitchen door […]

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Your choice of kitchen door handles can have the greatest impact on the overall look of your new kitchen but this is often a crucial detail that is overlooked and then becomes a last minute choice.  Let me take you through some ideas and show you how much a difference the type of kitchen door handles can have on the final look.

An understated look for kitchen door handles
How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Homes to Love

Although you see many kitchens without door handles at all, you may still prefer the practicality of a handle on your kitchen drawers.  Often the style of your kitchen will not lend itself to a shark nose profile – that is the top of each drawer being inset so that you can open without handles.  If this is the case then select a handle that disappears into the kitchen joinery.

Very easy to do if you have dark cabinetry but achievable to a certain degree with white also.  The kitchen below has white and silver knobs, even for the drawers and this disguises them.  You can clearly see them but they don’t make an over-riding statement.

How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Architectural Digest

Another way to keep the look simple and understated is to use a hidden cabinet door handle.  These are fixed to the underside of the cupboard door or the top of a drawer so that only a small portion is visible.  I really like the look for the cabinetry below.

How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Best & Company NYC via Decorpad
Making a statement with kitchen door handles

Statement kitchen door handles look great and really define the look for your kitchen.  You have to ensure you love them though as they become quite a feature.

Ensure that rather than just selecting something that you love, that it links into the rest of of your scheme.

I really like this kitchen below from Tom House in the UK.  He has brought a very masculine vibe to this kitchen design and has linked the strong dark colour statement of the kitchen handles to the other styling elements of the room.  Without introducing other brass and darker elements in the room, the door handles could have looked a little out of place but by doing this the end result is very appealing.

How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Tom House UK

You can link the kitchen door handles to your kitchen styling in a more understated fashion as in the image below.  The pale gold delicate door handles used here match the pale timber shelving and styling accessories.

How to select kitchen door handles
Image: Kelly Elko

It is so important to get these details right so you must always look at the whole picture when designing a kitchen space.

This is where a mood board can stand you in good stead.

You would instantly see that the effect was wrong if you were planning to use darker door handles or a silver kitchen handle with the golden hues of the accessories and the honey tones of the shelf.

Selecting the right size for your kitchen door handles

Another way to make a statement with the kitchen door handles is to use over-sized ones.  The designer below has introduced long handles to take up most of the space of the kitchen door itself.  It’s important that you replicate this through the kitchen for doors and drawers, as below, to bring continuity to the design.  In a simple white kitchen, this can be a very effective way to bring in another design element.

How to select kitchen door handles
Image: Z Design at Home

If you are making a colour statement, as in the black handles on the white kitchen below, you need to ensure that you don’t overdo it with the size too.

Statement door handles in colour AND size can be overwhelming.

The design below works well because knobs have been utilised on the kitchen doors while a pull handle has been used for the drawers.  The pull handles on the drawers are also in proportion to the size of each drawer.

How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Private Book Home Design Ideas 
Selecting kitchen door handles to suit your style of decorating

There are certain kitchen door handles that also belong to a particular style of decorating so ensure that you take this into account too.

Shaker style cupboard doors can be partnered with a more streamlined simple nickel door handle or with a classic Shaker door handle to give you a more authentic look.  This is demonstrated in the two images below.

How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: Englishtapware.com.au
How to choose kitchen door handles
Image: I Design Arch

You can see that the more traditional door handle gives you a more authentic look while the first kitchen is definitely of a similar style but the handles give it a more contemporary edge.

How to choose kitchen door handles

Don’t forget that if you have feature appliances, perhaps a bank of ovens and/or coffee machines that become a focal point that you will need to consider how your selection of door handles works with those.

So, to recap, here are my top 7 tips to ensure that you choose the right kitchen door handles:
  1. Consider the colour for your kitchen door handles   Do you want them to blend into your kitchen joinery or to make a statement?  Whether the statement is subtle or dramatic, ensure that the colour links to other elements of the kitchen design, eg benchtops, shelving and styling.
  2. Think about the size of your kitchen door handles  Do you want them large enough to make a statement in their own right or keep them smaller and in proportion to each drawer or door size.
  3. Remember that you don’t have to keep all of the kitchen door handles the same.  You can mix knobs with pull handles.
  4. You also don’t need to have kitchen door handles on all of your cabinetry.  Upper cabinetry can have no handles at all and be opened by a push mechanism or from underneath by making the door longer than the cabinet (my favoured option).  This look is streamlined and you just have handles on lower drawers and doors.
  5. Consider the material that the kitchen door handles are fabricated from.  If you are in a coastal location you will need to invest in very good quality hardware as a cheaper alternative may corrode very quickly.
  6. Try before you buy  Don’t just purchase kitchen door handles from the internet unless you have previously seen and most importantly, felt the product.  You need to be able to comfortably grip the handle and ensure that it doesn’t have sharp edges that can be quite uncomfortable.  Perhaps buy one handle and/or knob online before committing to the entire range.
  7. Final note  Ensure that you consider the style of kitchen and the style of your house and decorating when selecting a handle.

How to choose kitchen door handles

I would love to hear how you have selected your door handles and whether you think it really makes your kitchen.  And of course, if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you.


How to choose kitchen door handles

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