I hope 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas & Decorating Tips to Cozy Your Space helps whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or simply zhushing the space with fresh accessories. Our kitchen here at the Georgian isn’t quite blog-ready. There are finishing details I’m still sorting out, and it’s tough to find a moment to style photos since my husband is always traipsing through it from the garage as we tackle more home renovation. So we’ll glance back at the kitchen we created in 2015.
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23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas & Decorating Tips for Cozy
Have a favorite room in your home? You probably know mine…it’s the kitchen. I love to bake and cook so naturally I linger here and always want it to feel like a cozy living space rather than a placeholder for the stove.
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While the function and aesthetics of this kitchen improved dramatically after we gutted and renovated it ourselves, I was always tweaking it.
Is any lovely kitchen ever truly done!?! ‘Make it Timeless and Tranquil’ has always been my design mantra, and today’s topic echoes it.
With so much bright white in our former kitchen, I sought ways to introduce natural elements and warmth while still practicing restraint so it wouldn’t feel busy.
Mixing in vintage (like ironstone) always helps to keep the mood warm and cozy.
A few branches or stems plucked from the yard creates natural warmth too.
Just a Momentary Whim!
Typically, I have flowers in an urn like this one, but greenery works too.
Vintage Crocks Love
I gathered the jars when I snapped these photos years ago in my decorating plan for the holidays.
Each December I tuck little candles, greenery or white roses inside.
In the new kitchen, I gave them their own shelf and enjoy them all year round.
Living with your collections all the time is one way to truly create a backdrop for memories.
After living with this white quartz from Viatera (Minuet) and noticing how much abuse it could manage, I was sold.
So I didn’t hesitate to choose a Viatera quartz for the new kitchen (Muse).
Appliances in the Kitchen
In our current kitchen, I commissioned my husband to make a custom plaster range hood for a more Old World and traditional look.
I don’t often discuss budget because it is tricky as a DIYer. We contribute a TON of labor to our designs, and labor can get truly pricey.
If you can learn to do it yourself, there is extra money in the budget to splurge or upgrade other design elements.
A Girl Could Justify One
Another important consideration with budget is whether you’re creating a kitchen for a forever home or a place you’ll resell in a few years. For example, I still haven’t designed a kitchen with a fancy or pretty European style range even though I love them and cook constantly. Since I can’t take it with me, it hasn’t made sense to plan around one yet!
I think you know what I mean by ‘pretty range,’ oui?
Right? There are professional style ovens, commercial ranges, and then those beauties that function as art as much as cookers.
Sometimes the Temporary Becomes Permanent
The mirror I hung as a placeholder for open shelves stayed on the wall! We liked how it brought some balance as a sort of a window and also bounced around the light.
Since our kitchen wasn’t the brightest with natural light, the mirror gave it a boost…so that’s my first idea for you today:
1. Consider a Mirror for the Kitchen
2. Think Beyond White Cabinets
So many kitchens to inspire us these days in social media land, and just when you think you have glimpsed your favorite French farmhouse style kitchen (mine is maybe near Bordeaux by Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot), it gets a makeover you admire even more!!!
Charlotte’s kitchen cabinets are painted this rich green, and with the pretty white Ilve range…what a timelessly elegant space!
Psst. Charlotte and her family are moving to a new home in Provence so this pretty kitchen will be enjoyed by a new family soon.
If you love Charlotte’s style, you will fall hard for Vivi et Margot’s selection of traditional French homewares including vintage and the loveliest French baskets!
3. Add a Pillow or Seven
Pillows in the kitchen? Maybe not in a galley style without seating. 🙂 I piled our kitchen’s window seat with pillows, and to keep it feeling hushed and tranquil, the hues are pale shades of cream, light grey, and putty.
4. Grey and White Accents
5. Simple Stoneware
What I love about European country and French farmhouse kitchen style is how every object chosen for decoration must also function. Here’s a simple piece that isn’t just for show.
See this for more farmhouse decor ideas scored from Target.
6. Vintage Style Dinner Bell
How darling is this bell to alert the roost it’s time to dine? It’s certainly in my own cart!
7. Rugs & Runners With Quiet Color
8. Minimalistic Accessories
9. Timeless Silhouettes
10. Warm Metals in the Mix
11. Unfussy & Understated
12. Classic Lighting Ideas
13. Essentials That Work Hard
Visit this for: ideas for French baskets.
14. Luxurious Focal Points
15. Breezy Yet Traditional Lanterns
16. Shaker Simplicity
17. Organic Warmth
18. Glorious White Decor
19. Rustic Vintage Accents
20. A Modern Surprise to Mix With Vintage
21. Bridge Style Kitchen Faucet That Won’t Break the Bank
22. Glazed Texture
23. Warm Touches
Bonus Kitchen Inspiration
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Tour a Timeless Yet New Kitchen
Here’s designer Gillian Gillies’ own kitchen featuring a slew of lovely design details, and if you’re like me, you’ll also love her gorgeous accent!
Peace to you right where you are.
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