Cottage Style Decorating Tips

If you want to successfully furnishing a cottage-style room, there are three keys: white paint, slipcovers and creativity. Cottage inspired décor looks like it has been there for years. Cottage style décor also focuses on light and airy interiors. White paint breathes new life into mismatched, old and discolored furniture and creates a unifying theme that lets all sorts of style blend well into a room. Some furniture on the market today, especially children’s furniture, already comes with white paint, distressed edges and a cottage-inspired design, conveying the popularity of this relatively new style. The result of a few coats of paint is an airy, bright and cheerful mood within the home.

Slipcovers perform the same function for upholstered furniture as paint does for wooden furniture. Worn out flea market finds and hand-me-downs will perk up under a pale (white or cream) slipcover that may or may not have prints that match your braided rugs and accents.

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. Don’t worry if the slipcovers show a wrinkle or two – you want to look as though a guest can have a seat without disrupting the room. You want the room to look lived in, but avoid crossing the line to unkempt.


Wood is a favorite for cottage style décor because of its traditional beginnings. If using new furniture, distressing techniques will make furniture look worn, but comfortable and cozy. So, touch into your creative side as you plan your furniture layout. Consider using items for something other than their obvious function. Turn a favorite chair into a console table that holds a favorite hatbox or a collection of teddy bears. Old cupboards can be used as shelving to hold your collection of teacups and saucers. With cottage style rooms, you’re truly limited only by your imagination.

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One of the few styles in which stains are a good thing, tea stained textiles in cottage designed rooms fit the antique and charming image built by eclectic furniture and distressed wood. Tea-staining makes new fabric look well-loved and dulls the sharpness a fresh, white textile can have.


Vintage Blacksmith Hanging Pot Rack, Potterybarn

Additionally, keep window treatments relatively uncomplicated and airy to let natural sunshine and warmth filter into your room. Complement this natural lighting with bunches of flowers in vases.


For extra detail and interest in your cottage design, use trunks, particularly beautiful or quaint plates, mirrors, frames, and lace linens. Don’t be limited by this list; you can find other items to populate your room when browsing attics, vintage stores, flea markets and more.



Vintage Blacksmith Flatware Caddy, Potterybarn


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