19 tips for kitchen design at the cottage

  • 19 advices on arrangement

The country kitchen, even the smallest and simplest, has a great decorative potential. After all, there is always more light and wooden surfaces, and the view from the windows is much more pleasant than the urban jungle. On the other hand, there are also a lot of difficulties in the arrangement of the kitchen at the dacha. In this article we presented 19 tips that will help you plan design, repair and decor of the cottage kitchen, dining room or kitchen-living room, as well as 60 photos of beautiful interiors for inspiration.

19 advices on arrangement

Tip 1. Compliance with the rule of the "working triangle" is the guarantee of convenience

Having placed a sink, a refrigerator and a stove at a distance of 60-180 cm from each other (the closer, the better) and so that they form a triangle, you will get a super-comfortable workspace.

Tip 2. If possible, compose the kitchen in a U-shape

From the point of view of the rule of the "working triangle the U-shaped layout of the kitchen is the most successful, since during cooking everything is at the hand of the cook.

  • Ideally, the distance between the sidewalls of the U-shaped kitchen should be approximately 120 cm, at most 90 cm. It turns out that in order to build a set in this way, the width of the kitchen space should be 210-240 cm. If the kitchen is very spacious, then the distance between the side cabinets may be more than 120 cm, but then the advantage of planning is lost (in this case, the kitchen is supplemented with an island).

If you liked the idea of ​​the U-shaped headset, we suggest to take a look at the following photo-examples of its implementation in the cottage kitchens and kitchen-living rooms.


Tip 3. Uniform lighting - the secret of comfort

Often vacationers forget to give enough attention to lighting, and yet it is the right lighting scenario that can transform the country kitchen and make it more comfortable.

  • The secret of pleasant lighting is simple - there should be several lamps in the room, distributed evenly throughout the room. For example, it can be spotlights installed along the perimeter of the ceiling or fixtures arranged in different places, say, above a table, bar counter and working area.

Tip 4. Consider the location of communications before repair

Think about the location of engineering communications, ventilation and wiring you need long before repairing the kitchen in the country, in order to avoid irreparable mistakes.

Tip 5. Choose not too expensive, but wear-resistant furniture

For the country kitchen there is no sense in buying expensive furniture from noble varieties of wood, because it is so sensitive to high humidity and temperature changes. A kitchen set made of fiberboard, bought, for example, in Ikea, is perfect.

  • However, if you want to surround yourself with only natural materials, then you can safely choose a kitchen from pine - eco-friendly and inexpensive, and therefore very popular for dachas option.

Council 6. "Village" styles - the most safe for country dacha interiors

Of course, you can choose any style that you want, but as practice shows, it's best to take traditional "village" styles on dachas. After all, they are combined with the facades of houses, and with a natural landscape, and with wooden surfaces. In addition, the old things taken to the dacha can harmoniously fit into the country interior. Here are the styles that will suit your dacha with a probability of 99%:

  • Provence;
  • Country (see a photo);
  • Rustik;
  • The style of the Russian dacha (see p. a photo);
  • Industrial;
  • The Scandinavian (cf. a photo).

Council 7. Island or peninsula will make the kitchen more convenient

Whatever the layout of your kitchen, the island or peninsula will make it much more convenient. Especially it is necessary for linear planning, which is the most uncomfortable and, at the same time, the most common in summer cottages. Islets and peninsulas are good for their multifunctionality. They can be equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator, sink or simply use as a work table, bar counter and a cabinet for storing utensils and groceries.

  • Of course, the extra desktop does not fit in a very small kitchen. But a compact islet on wheels measuring, say, 120 × 90 cm or a peninsula (cf. photo below), resting against the wall / headset with one end, is quite accessible for most country cottages.
  • In this kitchen the peninsula is equipped with a gas stove and an oven, and also he divides the kitchen-dining room into two zones
  • In this kitchen the peninsula is equipped with a gas stove and an oven, and also he divides the kitchen-dining room into two zones

Council 8. Give preference to natural shades in the design of walls, furniture and decor

They say that the facades of any suburban buildings should harmoniously fit into the landscape. In our opinion, this idea is good not only for exteriors, but also for interior design. It's so nice to be in harmony with nature even at home. Therefore, when planning a color scheme for a cottage kitchen, try to choose only neutral and natural shades for walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and textiles. For example, instead of acid-green it is necessary to choose grass-green, instead of fuchsia - a pale pink shade, and instead of a bright orange color - a shade of ocher.


Tip 9. If the kitchen is small, decorate it in shades of white

So the room will be even lighter, visually more neat, and most importantly - spacious.


See material on the topic: Everything about interior design of white kitchen.

Tip 10. Technique in mini format - the optimal solution for small kitchens

A small kitchen in the country house can be equipped with a full set of equipment, no worse than in a city apartment. But, so that everything fits in a small area, it is worth choosing the devices of reduced size, for example:

  • Hob with two or three burners;
  • Narrow dishwasher (45 cm wide);
  • A small oven with a microwave oven function;
  • Built-in, not dome hood.

If the house has a cellar, then the refrigerator can be selected small, for example, with a volume of 120 liters.


Below is the interior of a very small kitchen with mini-appliances.


Tip 11. If possible, install a sink at the window

Install a sink near the window in the country kitchen is easier than in the city. If you have such an opportunity, be sure to use it. So you will ensure yourself at least a good coverage of the washing area during the day and as a maximum - a nice view from the window while washing dishes.


Tip 12. Combine the kitchen with the living room

If the kitchen in your dacha is very small, then you can combine it with the living room. So you will win a couple of meters and create space convenient for family communication and gatherings with guests. Of course, the wall between the rooms should not be a carrier. Below in the photo slider you can consider the interior of the kitchen-living room of the country house, in which the young family lives permanently.


Tip 13. Make a bet on natural materials

In order not to violate the idyll of country life, you can try to avoid using artificial materials where possible.

  • So, the top of the chipboard is the preferred countertop of pine, which is not much more expensive. Curtains in the kitchen are better to hang not from synthetic fabric, but from natural or mixed. In interior decoration it is desirable to abandon plastic lining, vinyl wallpaper and linoleum.


Council 14. Use family heirlooms as decoration items and household items

Do you have a collection of samovars, a Soviet tea set, a set of old Viennese chairs, antique furniture, or simply things dear to the heart that did not have a place in a city apartment? Involve family relics in your design project, if necessary, restore them or remake, and then the villa interior will be especially cozy and alive.

  • However, do not seek to use all the treasures that you have, so that the kitchen does not turn into a museum or a pantry. Choose only what fits in style or color in the existing environment, or what is worthy of becoming the starting point in creating the design of the entire interior. And, of course, pick up things with history worthy environment from modern objects.

Below in the photo is an example of how old carved furniture (buffet, chair and bench), lace tablecloth, samovar and Soviet service could "make friends" with a modern suite and table from Ikea.


Tip 15. Realize those ideas of design, which for a long time wanted to try out in a city apartment, but they did not dare

It can be an interior style that you like, interesting combinations of colors or decor techniques.

Tip 16. Transfer the kitchen to the veranda if there is not enough space in the house

Sometimes the kitchen in the holiday home stops arranging its owners, for example, its size. And then it makes sense to transfer it to... the veranda. The truth for this is to perform a number of actions: to warm the walls, floor and ceiling well, beautifully to coat them and, of course, to conduct communications.

Below is a design project for a cottage kitchen, which was moved from a small room of an old house to its lighter and more spacious veranda.



Council 17. Focus on the dining area

Everyday meals and culinary gatherings make up a significant part of life outside the city. Therefore, decorating the kitchen in the country, it is worth paying special attention to the design of the dining area. Well, if the table is, first, roomy (for example, folding), and secondly, stand by the window. And what else?

  • Hang directly above the table a beautiful lamp, chairs choose light and comfortable (Viennese fit in most times!), decorate the table with a bouquet of field / garden flowers, and on the wall hang a pretty wall decor.

Council 18. Use hand-made in decor

A dacha is a place in which things made by ones own hands acquire a special charm. For example, it can be a patchwork in the style of patchwork, wooden cutting boards, chairs, decorated in the technique of decoupage.

Council 19. Remember, there is not a lot of textiles

Not enough coziness in the country kitchen? Fill it with beautiful textiles - tablecloths, napkins, curtains, pillows, carpets and rugs. Do you want to change the boring environment? Just replace the old textiles with a new one!

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