A cottage styled home is all about cozy features with a warm lived in aesthetic. Think comfy slipcovered furniture, eclectic flea market finds, and a mix of weathered and textural pieces made of timber, painted wood, wicker, and natural fibers. When it comes to picking color schemes, and patterns it is all about soothing hues from muted to vibrant.
You don’t need exposed beams and a wraparound front porch to nail the rustic look. With a few pieces of farmhouse furniture, you can transform your home into a cozy, cottage-style haven. The trick is to choose furnishings that convey a casual and welcoming feeling. For your inspiration explore our favorite cottage inspired home ideas.
Narrow vertical planks of wood are a hallmark of cottage style that evokes a farmhouse or beach bungalow vibe. Bead board was once used to protect walls from dings, dents, and splashes. And while bead boards can go up to the ceiling, it is typically installed on the lower third of a wall where damage can happen.
In a bedroom, decorate the corner with a wicker chair and printed burlap throw pillow. Adorn your bedroom nightstand with a few vintage pieces like this vase, books, and milk jug of lavender.
You won’t necessarily want to fill your entire house with vintage furniture, but you should definitely have some. Pair your new sofa with vintage side chairs and tables; a vintage chest looks great when paired with a new bed; vintage lamps that have been rewired lend character to rooms of all kinds — the point is to mix and match and bring some history into your home.
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Wicker and Rattan
A little of these materials can go a long way. Some wicker baskets or a rattan chair connect with the outdoors and helps create a country feeling. Think about including a piece or two in your space.
Wake Up Your Entryway
Casual and practical, slipcovers can help lend a relaxed and soft feeling to a room. They’re not necessarily cheaper than reupholstering pieces, but the advantage is that you can take them off and wash them whenever you need. You can also put slipcovers on wood dining chairs to create a soft new look
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Take Your Time
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when decorating in farmhouse style is ‘don’t rush’. Charm and character can’t be bought in a day. Don’t buy just for the sake of buying, but instead peruse, meander and collect. Decorate with things that have meaning, whether they’re brand new or decades old.