Cosy kitchens: how inviting do these kitchens look?
Posted on 16th October 2020
What goes into creating cosy kitchens? Log burner, range cooker, that smell of baked goods, country-style cabinetry and comfy seating for all the family? All of the above?
Now that we’re firmly in autumn, the leaves are changing and the temperature has dropped (I caved and put the heating on this week!), it’s about time we talk about getting cosy. As my favourite time of year, I’m all for those cosy nights in with the candles lit and a comforting stew for dinner after a long autumnal walk to blow away the cobwebs. Cosy to me is that slightly unpolished, rustic and cottage-style look (some might say #cottagecore) reminiscent of a countryside staycation in a rural idyll, complete with fireside drinks and big bowls of apple crumble and custard.
When it comes to cosy kitchens, I’m thinking looks on the more traditional side of the style spectrum – scroll for my pick of best ones that caught my eye. I’d get that hot chocolate on if I was you…
Devol‘s Haberdasher’s kitchen is inspired by just that – crafts and traditional furniture. This lovely space was photographed by Our Food Stories and it’s of their home and studio in Sweden. Oh if only we could hop on a plane…
This is the Cranbourne cabinetry by Life Kitchens and it has a traditional feel. By mixing tones of grey and cream, the look is brought into the present day. Note the detailed mantles and dovetail joints, which add to the country look.
You can still add bright colours into a cosy kitchen. Mix textures and choose tones with an earthy shade, such as greens and oranges, to maintain a nature-inspired theme that reminds you of the countryside. Photography: Jeremy Phillips/Styling: Sophie Warren-Smith.
Add open shelving and fill it with your favourite knick-knacks. Earthenware jugs, copper pots and classic crockery will keep the look feeling rustic. This kitchen is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.
The Whitby classic furniture, painted in Atlantic Green, from the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection by Symphony features traditional peg rails for mugs and a generously sized island with labelled drawers. It’s those little touches that add that extra special something.
Freestanding furniture accentuates the rustic charm of this cosy cottage kitchen, focussed around a generous cook’s table. The furniture is the Classic English Kitchen by Devol.
Creating an autumn wreath is high on my craft list this year. How’s this for a stylish display? Add seasonal foliage to your kitchen for an instant cosy hit. Loxwood oak bar stool, £59, Dunelm.
This real renovation screams cosy. With ambient lighting above the units, a warm colour palette and the honey-toned bricks (plus lots of comfy seating), it looks the ideal place to while away a Sunday afternoon. The units are by Mereway Kitchens and part of the English Revival collection. Designed by Anderson Sinclair. Photography: Michelle Foulser at Stillness in Motion Photography.
I love this space with kitchen by Davonport. Classic, cosy and calling out for time with the family – board games mandatory.
Now this is a treasure trove of a kitchen. Designed by McCarron & Co, the bespoke cabinetry ensure there’s a place for everything the homeowners want to display. Plus, there’s lots of seating for cosy family get-togethers.
If you prefer a slightly more modern look, how about units in a pared-back shade of off-white and grey? A dresser is a small nod to a country-style kitchen and packs a great practicality punch. Place it near the dining area to make setting the table easy. This kitchen is from Second Nature Kitchens.
You’d never guess this cosy kitchen is actually in a new-build property. The owners wanted to create a country-style look, which was achieved with the help of kitchen designers from Classic Interiors. Read the full story here. Photography: Paul Craig.
So, which cosy kitchen can you picture yourself in?
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