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

Growing up in England, weatherboard homes were few and far between but I always admired the clapboard houses of East Coast America and longed to live in one of those.  Moving to Australia, I thought I would achieve my dream of having a weatherboard home, as they are referred to here.  They are one of.. Read more

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Growing up in England, weatherboard homes were few and far between but I always admired the clapboard houses of East Coast America and longed to live in one of those.  Moving to Australia, I thought I would achieve my dream of having a weatherboard home, as they are referred to here.  They are one of.. Read more

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Growing up in England, weatherboard homes were few and far between but I always admired the clapboard houses of East Coast America and longed to live in one of those.  Moving to Australia, I thought I would achieve my dream of having a weatherboard home, as they are referred to here.  They are one of the mainstays of Australian architecture, but sadly, I haven’t managed to buy one yet!  With a husband who loves brick houses and can’t see the appeal of the weatherboard, it is a constant struggle but I hope to get there in the end!  I may have to settle for a garden shed or summer house.

Why I love a weatherboard house

The weatherboard shadowline

Part of the appeal for me I think lies in my childhood dreams but what I have realised as a grown up and qualified designer is that the humble weatherboard, with its classic shadowline, is so much more receptive to exterior colour than a rendered house is.  You can easily get away with soft pastels, grey blues and greens and dark grey and even black on a weatherboard home that you can’t do on a one dimensional rendered finish.  Even classic white is elevated to another level because of the shadow that the overlapping boards create.

Why I love a Weatherboard House
Image – Resene Paints, colour Bali Hai

Different styles for a weatherboard house

Weatherboard houses also suit a more relaxed coastal or country style which really appeals to me.  These houses are less formal than a solid brick or rendered property and really just prettier! 

The classic Queenslander with its elevation from the ground, deep porches and ornate details add another dimension again and frankly make me swoon with envy.  It’s almost enough to get me to move to Queensland – which I really love by the way – but I do find the heat is a bit of a challenge.  Still, with a cool drink, an overhead fan and a beautifully decorated verandah, I could learn to adapt!

Why I love a Weatherboard House

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Why I love a weatherboard home

For a true country look, you can’t beat weatherboards in natural timber.  If you do want to keep the beautiful natural colour in the boards, you will have to commit to quite a bit of maintenance though as the boards will weather, particularly in a harsh environment or in a sunny western aspect.

The best approach if you don’t want the maintenance, is to let the boards weather to a beautiful silvery grey.  In fact this is what a lot of people actually want to achieve from the outset and as long as you have used a good quality stable hardwood, then this is absolutely fine.

Why I love a weatherboard house
Photographer Ilya Aki

I do really love both looks but this timber home really looks great with the depth of natural colour in the boards, trimmed with black, the look is subtle and understated – just what a true country home should be.

I can’t think of a favourite colour for a weatherboard house as there are so many options that look great, so it really comes down to the look that you want to achieve.  For example, is the house a classic weekender by the coast?  If so then you could opt for a white or a classic pastel hue which is fun and gets you into the holiday spirit. 

Why I love a Weatherboard House
Image – Dulux Australia

The classic blue and white colour scheme looks great on a weatherboard house and is equally at home by the coast or in town.

Why I love a Weatherboard House
Image – Resene, colour Enigma

Related: Australian Coastal Style – 7 steps to achieve this look

As well as looking good in natural timber, countryside weatherboard homes also look good in soft grey greens or white or to really get the farmhouse look, black might be the answer.  Or the weatherboard house may be in a smart inner city area, in which case a sleek grey may be more the ticket.  Endless possibilities!

Why I love a Weatherboard House
Image – Haymes Paints

Related: Don’t paint your house black until you have read this

There is a heap of inspiration on my Pinterest Boards and it would be great to hear your comments and questions about weatherboard houses and colour schemes in the comments section below. Look forward to hearing from you!

Why I love a Weatherboard House
Image – Dulux Australia

Are you planning a renovation or building a new home?  You might also like my article about how to Make an Entrance – one of the most important parts of a house.

Related: Making an Entrance – 5 tips to follow

Are you considering painting your weatherboard house in grey?  This really is the neutral of the moment and is so successful on this style of house.  If you are then you might like to read this post:

Related: How to select the right grey for your exterior

Do you like the idea of completing your weatherboard home with a colourful front door?  This post helps you to fit the colour to your personality:

Related: Colourful Front Doors – what they say about you

Why I love a weatherboard house
Photographer Ilya Aki

If you are building or renovating or even updating the look of your home with a coat of paint, you should download my free comprehensive exteriors checklist.  This is in my Free Resource Library – you can sign up here.

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