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

You may have seen the recent hype about Hygge and wondered what on earth it was all about.  I thought the same last year and decided I needed to become informed and bought myself The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  I sat down and read the book in one sitting and I am.. Read more

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You may have seen the recent hype about Hygge and wondered what on earth it was all about.  I thought the same last year and decided I needed to become informed and bought myself The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  I sat down and read the book in one sitting and I am.. Read more

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You may have seen the recent hype about Hygge and wondered what on earth it was all about.  I thought the same last year and decided I needed to become informed and bought myself The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  I sat down and read the book in one sitting and I am now a believer.   Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and I think it says a lot about the Danes to begin with that they even pay people to research Happiness – what a fantastic idea.

It is no coincidence that the Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world and it appears to come down to one thing – a word that doesn’t really translate into the English language but is known as Hygge.

I am going to tell you a little bit about what this is and how you can introduce Hygge in your home.  This is a way to improve your life and if like me you are hooked, I highly recommend you buy the book to find out more.

 

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Hygge is the Danish way to live life well rather than a trendy style

This is not something that will be out of fashion soon, this is simply a better way to live day to day and translates into all facets of Danish living.  In terms of interiors, Hygge means comfort, style, good lighting and rooms that are conducive to relaxation.

Importance is given to the correct lighting for a space from beautifully designed statement pendants to a group of candles on a mantelpiece.

Seating should be good quality with layers of comfortable cushions and throws.  I can’t stress enough that good design is absolutely key to getting Hygge right.  A statement armchair is a work of art and may cost as much as a monthly salary but will be treasured and a talking point of the decorating scheme.

Less is definitely more which is seen in beautiful Scandinavian style that is sweeping the globe.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home
Image – Lauren Fair

Hygge is to be embraced during winter time

Hygge is mostly suited to a cold climate.  It’s that feeling when you have been for a long walk, your hands are tingling with the cold and you sit by a roaring fire with a hot drink, with good close friends listening to the howling wind outside.  The feeling is one of tiredness from exercise, comfort, warmth and friendship.

We have lots of words to describe it and I am sure you can all put yourself in this position and know how lovely it feels.  I have taken several lines to tell you and could go on and on – the Danes just call it Hygge!

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

One of the best parts about Hygge is the food and drink

Central to Hygge is comfort with nice things to eat and drink.  Coffee is the drink of choice, which is something that Australians can relate to with good quality cakes and treats.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Hygge means candles!

A Danish home is incomplete without the ubiquitous candle.  As lighting is so important to Hygge, you need to have lots of different options and mood lighting from candles really sets the scene for a cosy, warm environment.  Candles as part of a styling vignette look great in many decorating styles – a word of caution though – you do need to air the room after using candles as they can emit harmful particles.  Don’t let this deter you though – just bear it in mind.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Hygge means layers and layers….

Layers of beautifully textured, soft warm throws are another interior styling ingredient for Hygge.  Danish style has a minimalistic look where every item in a space is well considered so any piece that you include has to be either beautiful or have a purpose – a gorgeous chunky knitted throw serves both with its accent of colour and texture and warmth on a cold evening.  Remember this mantra when you are putting together a Scandinavian style look – beautiful or useful – it is key to getting the look right.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Hygge means beautiful presentation

The Danes think carefully about all aspects of their home and beautiful porcelain is no exception.  I love these pieces from Broste Copenhagen – each item is a work of art in its own right – a beautiful meal or drink deserves to be presented well.  This is all part of understanding Hygge.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home
Image – Broste Copenhagen

Know how to light your home to get the right Hygge feel

Some of the world’s most iconic lighting comes from Denmark.  Lighting designer, Poul Henningsen is well known for his beautiful pendants and lamps which are a work of art and have been gracing beautiful homes since their inception.  As proper lighting brings harmony to a home, it is such a key area of getting Hygge right in interiors, a piece like this is a worthwhile investment.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

Do you love cosy corners? Then you will love Hygge in your home

Cosy, cosy and cosy are the words to remember for Hygge.  Even in an Australian home which is designed and geared towards the warmer months, you can find a cosy corner.  A place to sit that is comfortable and private – perhaps an area that isn’t often used, but that is a lovely place to sit and read without the intrusion of media devices.  This comfy corner below is very Hygge!

Image - Scyon
Image – Scyon

Related: Cushions 101 – The ultimate finishing touch

Related: How to find the right neutral grey

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home
Image – Belgian Pearls

Hygge is not all about large gatherings or entertaining on a huge scale, it is about close friendships, family time, good quality design and comfort.  Small candlelit dinner parties, reading by the fire, games evenings with family, good food and warm comforting drinks are the order of the day. In a space that is beautifully lit and well thought through with items of beauty and purpose – no wonder the Danes are so happy.

Have you heard about Hygge? Learn what it is and how to introduce it into your home

I hope that this has given you just a taste of Hygge – I would love to hear if you practice Hygge in your home or whether you plan to?  It is a great way to live your life and at the very least timely for the onset of colder weather in Australia.

How to Hygge

If you love Scandinavian style, you may also be interested to read my 5 key elements of Scandi Style:

Related: 5 key elements of Scandi Style

How to Hygge in your home

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