Cottage style is a wonderful decorating style that is very easy to live with. Typical cottage furniture includes deep seating covered in slipcovers that is all about comfort and easy style. Painted furniture, a great DIY project, is another hallmark of cottage style. Distressed finishes on vintage pieces add character.
White is the dominate color in cottage décor like this living room. Molding and architectural features are painted in glossy white paint. Like the similar shabby chic style, white forms the base for pastels and soft patterns. Creamy yellows, minty green, soft aquas, dusty rose are all shabby chic colors that also work in cottage interiors. Deeper greens, reds and navys, along with creams and other neutrals, are additional colors that are also common in cottage interiors. The creamy yellow walls in this living room could be swapped for khaki, brown or navy and the room would still work with the furniture.
Flooring in cottage style décor tends to be hardwood with an accent rug. If the wood floors are not in good condition, the cottage style solution is to have them refinished.
While architectural details like a fireplace or built in bookcase can be a focal point on a wall, sometimes the wall needs a little more help to be the room’s focal point. In this living room, leaving the wall above the fireplace and bookshelves blank does these gorgeous details a disservice. Adding a large mirror or shelves, creating a gallery wall of family photos, or hanging a large scale painting would be the finishing touch for this focal wall.
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