The appeal of cottage style is the informality and unpredictability that comes from working with less than perfect materials or spaces. Simply fixing up something old, without trying to make it look new, often results in a quirky or bohemian (boho for short) outcome. That, I expect, was behind the idea of producing new kitchen cabinets that would look like unfitted pieces that had been rehabbed. The intent was to manufacture charm – always tricky. Both the striped and the plain planked cottage kitchen sink base in these vignettes belong to the Steamer Bay collection by John Lewis of Hungerford. They are made from the same pine doors and drawers, though that may not be apparent at first glance. John Lewis is a well established English house that specializes in painted cabinets and furnishings. These cottage kitchen sink base examples show how variations in color, hardware and accessories can be useful for anyone trying to conjure up an easy DIY look for a boho kitchen.
Gray vertical stripes on cabinet doors [top] alternate with horizontal stripes produced by painting every other drawer front gray. Otherwise, the sink cabinet is white, with an old-fashioned butcher block top. Pillar tap faucets on risers evoke a kitchen style dating back to the early 20th century — always a wonderful cottagy touch. An upper cabinet on one side of the window is offset by the open plate rack and shelf, opposite.
Even with beefy hardware, when the all white sink unit looks more conventional and far less interesting than a two-tone version. The over-sink shelf, with its simple brackets, is another elemental features. Of course, the taxi-yellow old-fashioned refrigerator-pantry picks up the slack as that’s so much fun and anything but plain.
Yellow and white stripes on matching upper cabinets add soft color to this sink area. That’s sparked by a pair of yellow curtains which seem a little cliché – where are all the wonderful quirky prints? But the cabinet tops are great for display and the painted kitchen furniture, oh so cottagey, points up the look.