How to create a charming and cosy cottage look even if you don’t live in a cottage
No matter if you have a cosy cottage to decorate or just love the cosiness that comes with cottage-style decor, you are not alone. It is a very popular style, with many people swooning over adorable ‘chocolate box’ homes. Even if you have a traditional home, you can embrace this style indoors, no matter how much space you have to work with.
When it comes to this kind of decorating there are a number of factors to think of, from the flooring to the windows, along with colour schemes and accessories. If you are looking for some decor ideas and cottage inspiration for your home, then I am here to help.
- Use natural and earthy tones to decorate with: naturally, a cottage home is closely connected to a rural setting, so filling your home with natural materials and natural and neutral colours will help to amplify this. Think about using natural textures and materials, along with using the colour palette that is found naturally in the countryside.
- Consider a Shaker-style kitchen: the Shaker kitchen comes from the principles of being simple yet elegant, showcasing craftsmanship. For a humble kitchen in a cottage style, this is really the best solution. Again, choose natural colours, and think about having a custom-fit kitchen, especially if you do have a cottage and need to work around low ceilings or beams.
- Using wood in the home will bring in an earthy feel and make it look much more natural and cosy compared to anything that is manufactured and mass-produced. You could get wooden shutter blinds to create a cosy feel, as well as using solid wood for tables, chairs, cabinets, and sideboards. They can be painted and sanded to fit in with the colour scheme of the room or left to be natural with a little varnish.
- Choose vintage furniture and upcycle: if you want to create a more sustainable living environment, then think about choosing vintage furniture that you can style to suit your needs. An old dresser, for example, could be sanded down and painted with chalk paints, or have new drawer pulls and upholstery added to make it suit your room. It will be a more affordable way to decorate, but you’ll have some well made and good quality pieces of furniture that will last and last.
- Bring the outdoors inside: when you think about a cottage home, then you might often think about flowers and hedges surrounding it. This might not be the setting that your home has, but you can certainly embrace this and bring some of the outdoors inside. Something as simple as flowers as a table centerpiece can make a difference or other vases and glasses around the home dotted with fresh blooms or plants. For a really quaint look, try not to be too pristine; if stems are different lengths and colours clash, it is all part of the look.
If you love the idea of cosy cottage living, then these tips can certainly help you to decorate your home that way, whether you live in a cottage or not.
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