Cottage-Style Decorating

Kiran Singh

Cottage homes are renowned for their charm, purity and natural comfort. Rooms are airy and intimate at the same time, with nooks and alcoves that offer both curl-up daydreaming spots and space-spacing built-in storage – after all, who can relax if there’s clutter all around?

Cottage-Style Decorating
Cottage style is a relaxed and casual style, reminiscent of a small vacation cottage in the woods, at the beach, or in the mountains. There are no rules, except everything is usable, feet can be put up on the furniture, and charming is the word of the day.

That being said, there are certain things a budget decorator can do to bring the cottage style into ones home.

From colourful weathered paint to warm stained wood, finishes are touchable rather than hands-off and only get better with age. These spaces often get a dose of nostalgic charm from vintage-look fixtures and fittings, hardware, and woodwork details that seem to turn back the clock on today’s high-stress, high-tech lifestyle. Most any place can use a helping of cottage cosiness, as long as the goal is to create an inviting interior with a carefree, well-lived-in look. Add cottage-style cosiness throughout your home with these fresh and simple decorating ideas.

DE-CLUTTER

Keep clutter down to a minimum. Have a place for everyday items, and keep your accessorizing to your favourite pieces. You can even change them out with the seasons, just don’t feel the need to display everything you own at once.

COLOUR

Add white through the room. If you prefer colour on your walls, remember to add lots of white and light coloured accessories to brighten. White painted furniture, white plates on the wall and white fabric would all be great contrasts. If you have white walls, add a hint of colour to them with a wash of the palest pastels, and colour in the fabric.

RE-USE
Creative use of everyday items are hallmarks of the cottage style. A garden bench makes a great coffee table, a tin bucket is a perfect magazine rack, and a yard sale pitcher makes a terrific vase. Look around your house at what you already own, and see how you can repurpose things with charm.

LIVING ROOM

When the slipcovers get dirty, just toss them in the wash. Other wallet-friendly ideas include using washable flat paint on walls for easy wiping and opting for bare floors throughout.

FABRICS

Gone are the days when cottage style decorating involved matching your cottage style curtains with decorative pillows or matching your wallpaper with the same fabrics, well you get the idea. Today’s cottage style decorating is about soft colours, vintage furnishings, feminine florals and an eclectic mix of home accessories with a fresh twist.

Window treatments don’t have to be complicated — simply cut panels of raw linen fabric to length, leaving the edges unhemmed, and hang from a rod using drapery hooks.

Use lots of fabric in the room. Slipcovers, pillows, and tablecloths are all hallmarks of a romantic vacation spot. Combine patterns. An easy way to combine pattern in the cottage style is to look for different patterns that all have a white background and similar colour schemes.

KITCHEN

To give a cottage kitchen a face-lift on a budget, consider exposed shelving. This turns everyday objects into showpieces and encourages de-cluttering. An affordable striped runner adds a hit of colour.

FURNITURE

Use mismatched furniture. A room should evolve over time for maximum charm, just be sure that the furniture is all casual in nature, and tie it together by painting it all white, or using the same fabric on each piece.

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