Simple Touches to Bring Cottage Style Decor into Your Home

Simple Touches to Bring Cottage Style Decor into Your Home

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!


  • Joseph July 16, 2010 at 16:48 PMLogin to Reply →

    Well, Ronique, as usual, you have some wonderful ideas to share with us. However, I do think that those who are contemplating adding items purchased at flea markets and the like should be very careful with the finish they apply. Because it is so much easier to work with, the total amateur in this area will simply apply a coat of paint. If that is all that is done, the final result looks very amateurish. The better way to do this is to prepare the surface first. If it has already been painted, first strip the old paint. It is also very important to fill all the holes and dings with a good wood putty. Then sand it out. One hundred grit sandpaper will work fine for this, and you can end with 150 grit. Finally, make sure you first use a primer coat, then at least two coats of paint carefully applied. The result will be an absolutely first-rate project that will always make you proud.

  • Florence Haridan July 16, 2010 at 16:52 PMLogin to Reply →

    love the colors inspired by beach glass, reminds me of my beach condo that I loved so much. light airy and care free!

    A tip! To help everyone who comes to the space feel more comfortable just plopping down in their damp bathing suits, I kept a big basket of white towels, so we never worried about “ruining ” the look… oh and lots of ice cream helped too!!

  • Michele July 16, 2010 at 21:42 PMLogin to Reply →

    I really love the first cottage look. I can see myself walking from there to the beach:) I think the white kitchen looks really well with the rest of the decor. When it comes to paint my personal favourite is Farrow and Ball.

  • SusieM July 17, 2010 at 01:22 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love this decor. I like how the paint is tied in with the furniture in a way that is subtle and has such a clean comfortable look. I also love the use of shelving and cabinetry in these homes. Thanks for the article.

  • RoniqueGibson July 17, 2010 at 04:39 AMLogin to Reply →

    Thank you Susie. I think the cottage style decor has a nice relaxing mood to it. The colors make me want to lay around in the house all day!

  • RoniqueGibson July 17, 2010 at 04:41 AMLogin to Reply →

    Oooh yes the beach looks like it’s right outside the door! Farrow and Ball – what manufacturer makes these colors? I’d love to see them!

  • RoniqueGibson July 17, 2010 at 04:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great tip Florence, when you are relaxing from the beach – who wants to worry about the furniture? Beach glass and sea shells are my favorite to collect — what a nice memory. Thanks for the comment!

  • RoniqueGibson July 17, 2010 at 04:44 AMLogin to Reply →

    Joseph, the application of paint and acquiring the knowledge to paint furniture is crucial. Without the proper information you can easily ruin one of your new finds! Thanks again.

  • Michelle July 19, 2010 at 22:04 PMLogin to Reply →

    Hi Ronique, Farrow and Ball are the manufacturers of the paint. Their colors are so unique and are really popular here in Ireland on hand painted kitchens.

  • RoniqueGibson July 19, 2010 at 23:31 PMLogin to Reply →

    ooh, I’m going to look them up on the web! Thanks Michelle.

  • Connie October 4, 2010 at 21:50 PMLogin to Reply →

    would sure like to know where to find a sink like that – the single bowl with the two drainboards.

  • Cottage David April 25, 2011 at 15:17 PMLogin to Reply →

    What a fantastic collection of rooms. Love this style!