Bring the relaxing atmosphere and slow pace to your home by following cottage look tips. The first thing you look at when trying to create the cottage look in your home is the colors you are going to use. Preferably you will want to use light colors, such as white, beige, apricot, tan, blue, green, yellow and other light colors that provide a warm and crisp appearance.
If you decide you would like to add bold colors to your room, this will also work but be sure to use furniture and accents that are neutral in colors so that the room balances itself out. Mixing different shades of the same color or using two complementing shades is also a great idea. The main thing to keep in mind is that you keep it simple.
You need to consider the furniture that you are placing in the room. You will want your furniture to be a solid color, with minimal pattern. The color of the furniture should be the same as the walls, otherwise it should be in a neutral color. If you decide that you want to go with a bold color furniture then you should ensure that it is only one piece and the rest is of a neutral color. Some rustic furniture and braided cotton rug are just the right thing to bring the whole room together.
There are certain pieces of decor that you look at and instantly think cottage. Things like wood floors, wood furniture and wooden grooved wall panels are classy looking, always in style and provide the room with a warm, inviting cottage feel. When hanging up shelves you want to make sure that they are open and from any angle in the room they can be seen, as well as everything that is on them.
Mixing and matching furniture is encouraged. Combine modern materials of today with cottage decor. Pair cottage shelves with modern granite or marble counter tops in the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances mixed with wood flooring or cabinets is gorgeous. Farmhouse sinks with fixtures made of copper or nickel is a work of art. In other rooms mix and match different shapes and sizes of the same thing (glass bottles, pots and pans, vases, baskets, etc).
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