25 Of House & Home’s Dreamiest Cottage Kitchens
Life at the cottage revolves around the kitchen, whether it’s preparing the next family meal or hosting housefuls of guests on weekends. Here are some of our favorite cottage kitchens from the House & Home archives — big and small — that make the most of the laid-back cottage vibe.
Inspired by Cape Cod beach houses, a mix of warm whites and cool mint greens give this kitchen a bright and breezy feel.
To keep the kitchen feeling casual and add character, the cabinetry was built to look like free-standing antique furniture. Rich, wide-planked wooden flooring picks up on the vintage vibe.
Despite its grand size, this cottage’s kitchen feels cozy thanks to bead-board details on the vent and the ceiling, and the antique wooden stool.
For cottage kitchens, embracing a watery palette with a blue island is a surefire way to bring the outdoors in.
This Muskoka, Ontario, cottage kitchen has a country feel, brought to life by X motifs on the island and the upper cabinets.
A door off the kitchen facilitates the indoor-outdoor flow for dinner prep and alfresco dining, perfect for cottages with kitchen gardens or an adjacent patio.
Deep slate blue cabinetry paired with a richly colored rug and brass accents give this cottage kitchen a luxe vibe.
A large, single-pane kitchen window bathes the sink and island in light. Wire pendant lights and soaring ceilings emphasize the airy feeling.
In a nod to outdoor dock lighting, designer Anne Hepfer chose this pair of polished nickel gooseneck task lights for this boathouse kitchen.
A spartan cabin picks up on the surrounding lush wilderness of a West Coast island by incorporating wooden accents and natural textures.
Hand-thrown plates and cups in earthy tones of clay add a subtle rustic touch to the open shelves. Easy-care polished concrete floors keep maintenance low.
Slipcovered chairs provide low-maintenance seating, ideal for summer’s seasonal menu of juicy fruits and barbecued meats. A large nautical print adds to the waterfront vibe.
Shaker-style cabinet fronts are a simple and pared-back choice, ideal for fuss-free cottages. Warm wooden accents and trim add rustic polish that plays off the modern light fixtures nicely.
Customizing standard big-box store kitchen cabinets with brass hardware warms up the all-white look. A traditional rug and linen roman blinds soften the room’s hard surfaces, while the black-painted doors add contrast.
In this open-concept cottage living area, the design of the kitchen had to work with the overall look. Long, orange leather handles add subtle punches of color that will patinate over time.
Stainless steel accents add a bit of an industrial edge to this West Coast beach house; as a bonus, they’re a hardy choice for rough-and-tumble cottages.
Terracotta-tile floors inject some warmth into the clean and cool-toned color palette on the cabinetry and walls. The tiles are also cool underfoot in the hot summer months.
Exposed rafters and open-framed shelving play up the classic cottage vibe and allow for casual displays of wares and artworks. Striped barstools add a nautical flair.
To maximize the lofty ceilings, designer Cameron MacNeil chose a white-washed palette, grounded by dark brown wood flooring. To keep the laid-back cottage feel, maintenance-free Caesarstone was chosen instead of marble.
Playing up a rustic design, reclaimed barnboard covers the cabinetry, appliances, island and even the range hood. Adding to the outdoorsy feeling is a twig-like chandelier and stone composite backsplash.
A charming country design takes center stage in this cottage kitchen. Butcher-block countertops, exposed panelled walls, open shelving and a Persian rug add to its time-honored coziness.
In the true nature of a weekend home, this cottage kitchen is bare-bones — but it still looks great. An Ikea blind and a plywood countertop add a hint of Scandi style on a budget.
Despite the small footprint, designer James Davie managed to fit a full-size farmhouse sink, under-counter fridge and plenty of storage into the kitchenette. Mint-green enamel shades give the light fixtures a vintage look.
To capitalize on this kitchen’s layout, designer Cameron MacNeil selected traditional glass-front cabinets, a charming farmhouse sink and classic pulls and knobs.
An eclectic mix of furnishings and accents feels equally fresh, and provides plenty of visual interest in this kitchen’s compact spaces.