Create a Quirky Cottage Kitchen
Lively colors invigorate a room filled with hard-wearing finishes and vintage finds
All it takes is a little creative thinking to put together a one-of-a-kind look in the kitchen. In the cheery space shown here, vivid colors mix with unexpected details for an eclectic twist on cottage style that retains its casual charm. "The goal was a room that's fun and livable, and above all, colorful," says its designer, Kathryn M. Ireland, author of the newly released Timeless Interiors (Gibbs Smith).
Utilitarian pieces—a painted vintage workbench and draftsman stools in upbeat colors—stand up to kitchen duty, while global accents, like glazed terra-cotta pottery and yellow cabinets pierced with Moroccan stars, give it a distinctive, well-traveled feel.
To assemble your own quirky and colorful kitchen, read on.
A twist on Moroccan design, the homeowner's custom cabinets are pierced in a pattern with small eight-point stars. To DIY the look, cut ¼-inch veneer plywood to shape as a panel insert. Draw a grid pattern in pencil and use a ⅛-inch bit to drill pilot holes at each intersecting line. Then use a corner chisel to punch out the star points.
Chisel, about $27; Rockler
The homeowner's collection of earthy ceramics comes from Morocco, Mexico, and other far-flung places. Add your own global flair to display shelves with a hand-glazed piece like this.
Bowl, about $40; Mark Campbell Ceramics on Etsy
Ireland created a classic Roman window shade out of her paisley-printed linen fabric. Stretch a yard by upholstering a simple plywood cornice to frame the window top, and let a more affordable roller shade do the covering.
About $180 per yard; Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design
Boost your prep space with an unexpected staple from the workshop. This workbench kit comes ready to assemble as a 6-foot-long piece. To shrink it for your kitchen, cut the side rails and the top and bottom boards before fitting them together with the included hardware. Then brush on primer and two coats of a colorful hue for an attention-grabbing island.
About $65; Menards