5 Simple Ways to Add Cottage Style to Your Home
When you think cottage living, what comes to mind? Probably a cozy, comfortable space where you can relax, huh? A place where you feel at home. Cottage style isn't strict in its details, actually, it celebrates the not so perfect elements of living; think faded, well-loved, flea market style. Nothing has to be matchy-matchy so it's easy to incorporate an eclectic array of items you love, both old and new.
Floral prints have a certain charm that lends itself to the cottage style. Some people might think that you can go overboard with mismatching floral prints, and you probably can, but if you have just a few throughout a room I say it's just fine. After all, rarely do you see a garden dedicated to only one type of flower.
This charming bedroom from Decoholic shows that you don't have to stick to one floral print. Isn't it charming?
You can even use floral wallpaper to make your cottage statement. A lot of people are hesitant because for so long wallpaper was considered a decorating no-no but honestly, your grandma was way ahead of her time when it came to the floral prints.
There was a time when cabinetry wasn't a staple in kitchens and most necessities were stored in cupboards or on open shelves for all to see.
Of course, you may not want to do away with cabinets entirely and put every last thing on display (I personally need a junk cabinet... or two) but a little here and there goes a long way in adding that cozy, cottage appeal.
There's something about shutters that just make a space seem inviting and cozy. I think, for me, it's probably because I've always associated shutters with old English cottages. Whatever the reason, they are a great element to add to your cottage decor.
And shutters aren't just for windows. Oh no, not at all. There are so many projects and ideas for using old shutters inside your home. From wall hangings to headboards and back again, shutters are versatile pieces that can be incorporated into your style.
White doesn't have to mean boring. There are many shades of white and you can get the exact look you want by deciding whether you want a warm feeling (yellow based or creamy whites) or a cooler tone (blue based whites). No matter which you decide, it helps lend a light, airy feel that, when combined with the right accessories, makes it seem comfortable and charming and not at all sterile or clinical.
Throw in some blue
Blue is the color of calmness, peace, and tranquility. With its soothing properties, it's no surprise that blue is a mainstay when choosing cottage decor.
From sky blue to navy, whether it's blue painted furniture, blue bedding, blue toile wallpaper, curtains, or kitchen accessories and decor, you'll never go wrong with blue.
In the end, don't be afraid to experiment. Remember, a huge part of cottage style decorating is about what makes you feel comfortable so have fun with it.