British chef Jamie Oliver may be known for his delicious recipes and healthy eating advocacy, but cottage-style enthusiasts equally enjoy each episode of “Jamie at Home” because of his beautiful kitchen. Staying true to his down-to-earth style, his kitchen befits the cozy and warm atmosphere that English cottages are known for. Take inspiration from the warm-colored brick walls, metal pots, and open shelves to get the countryside feel of his cooking space.
Cottage style is all about comfort and simplicity, and Jamie’s rural Essex kitchen has these in spades. Start by using wood for that vintage ambiance. Jamie’s kitchen has open shelving for his condiments and spices, and a countertop that doubles as a chopping board. You can create your own open shelving by removing old cupboard doors and adding a new coat of varnish. With a bit of rearranging, your kitchen tools and cooking essentials are ready to have a new home.
You can also use your salad bowls, spoons, and baskets as accessories to complement your shelves for that warm and rustic cottage feel.
Use existing cottage style accessories
Create a cottage-inspired kitchen like Jamie’s without having to shell out for a complete renovation by adding accessories with vintage or rural design elements.
Floral Prints on White
Basic dinnerware in neutral tones of cream or white is versatile and complements most decorating themes. Coordinate light-colored dishes with everything and then use accent pieces to decorate and dress up the table. With white plates, your food becomes the centerpiece, since the dishes don’t compete with the food presentation.
In the meantime, dinnerware with floral prints adds charm, texture, color, and personality to a table and to the entire room. Take your floral printed ceramics out of storage and use them for preparing and serving your meals. Floral prints are a trademark of the cottage style because they add a light and relaxed feel to your décor.
Much like floral printed ceramics, pastel-colored accessories bring a fresh, relaxed atmosphere to your kitchen. These accessories go beyond your serving plates, but also to your canisters, bottles, and cookware. A metal saucepan with a lime green handle will feel right at home in a cottage-styled kitchen; so will a light blue serving bowl or pastel yellow salt and pepper shakers.
Pottery in all shapes and sizes, whether with a glazed finish or a more textured surface, can go a long way to lending authenticity to your kitchen’s vintage look. Jamie Oliver keeps potted herbs inside his kitchen to give his décor a more rustic feel. Potted plants are not only lovely to touch and look at, but also useful and convenient for cooking healthy and delicious meals. Decorate your kitchen windows with small potted herbs to provide verdant color to you home – not to mention, they can be a handy source of flavors for your next dish.
Mix old and new elements
Keep your décor relaxed by mixing old and new elements. Something as simple as placing a vintage weighing scale on your kitchen counter or shelving adds character to your kitchen because it calls to mind a country farm house and, if calibrated properly, is also a useful kitchen tool.
You too can get the cottage look with wooden surfaces and mixed-and-matched accessories! By adding these details, you can have a welcoming and cozy kitchen that showcases both your personality and a warm, rustic style.by