Summer time is the perfect time to fall in love with cottage style décor for your home.  It encompasses the relaxed and informal living of the beach, country, or rural retreat.  Cottage style décor is reminiscent of vacation homes and small tucked away cabins that are no fuss, and all about leisure and a slower paced lifestyle.  You can achieve this look in your home with the following touches to bring cottage style décor into your favorite spaces. Whether its summer or winter, who doesn’t love laid back interiors to come home to?

LIGHT COLORS: Whites, neutrals, and colors inspired by the beach are very common in cottage décor. Sun bleached hues of blues, and greens give a sense of weathered interiors. Cottage inspired décor looks like it has been there for years. Choose colors that are muted, and consider using faux finishes that look white washed. Cabinetry, furniture, and walls will also take on the patina of aged beauty. Varying hues of tans, beiges, and whites give a crisp and relaxing atmosphere that cottage style living is all about.  Use beadboard and wainscoting to give interior walls the look and feel of a cottage.

FURNITURE: Minimal detailing and mix-and-match furniture is the heart of cottage décor. Chairs, tables, cabinetry and kitchen islands can be low maintenance with simple styling.  Use slipcovers over couches and chairs in living areas to bring in the colors and textures that are low maintenance and beckon to relax in them.  Wood is a favorite for cottage style décor because of its traditional beginnings. The cottage style dates back to craftsmen and artisans designing and building their own homes and furnishings.  If using new furniture, distressing techniques will make furniture look worn, but comfortable and cozy.

STORAGE & DISPLAY: Open shelving, pots, baskets, and urns are popular for storage and display.  Cottage style décor focuses on light and airy interiors. To achieve this, storage and display items are easy to find items that would be found in the country, farmhouse, or beach home. Heavy, dark storage furniture will overpower the space, and feel clunky and out of character. Instead use open shelving made from natural pine or oak. Garage and antique sales are perfect places to find creative storage ideas. Someone’s old pine bookshelf may be a perfect accent for your cottage décor!

MIXING DECORS: Try combining modern materials coupled with cottage décor – the results can be beautiful! The kitchen is the perfect place to add modern marble or granite counters, paired with cottage inspired cabinetry.  Modern stainless steel appliances paired with weathered pine flooring, and farmhouse sinks with brushed nickel or copper fixtures is gorgeous. Cottage décor can inspire you to live a more relaxed and laid back lifestyle.  We could all take some cues from this décor style, don’t you agree?

Freshome reader’s – do you live in a cottage décor inspired home? Tell us your favorite ways to deck out your home. For those of you that long to have cottage décor in your home – tell us what you love about it!