You long to return to that airy beach house or the cozy cottage in the woods. You may not have the time (or money) for an extended vacation, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the same freeing environment right in your own home.
The cottage look is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling right now and for good reason: it’s comfortable. This is a trend that elicits a relaxed feel in an atmosphere where you can’t help but kick off your shoes and sit back.
Ready to transform your home into the cottage look and feel you crave? Here are some pointers to get you started.
Choose the Right Colors
Color is very important when trying to evoke a cottage feel in your home. In order to create the relaxed feel, you are after, rooms need to feel open and airy. Use bold colors and prints minimally (maybe one such accent in each room) and opt for light gray tones; whites (and off-whites), lighter blues and lighter green shades. Try to either use complimentary hues in a room or different shades of the same color for the best effect.
Think Light and Airy
When it comes to creating a true cottage look in your home, be sure to think light and airy. Opt for window toppers and sheer flowing curtains in lieu of thick, heavy drapes. Better yet, open those windows, letting in both fresh air and plenty of sunshine! The same is true for every element of the home. If you want to incorporate a large detailed piece of furniture into a room, be sure to balance it with plenty of softer accents.
Mix & Match for Comfort and Style
One of the things that people like most about the comfortable cottage look is the ability to mix old and new. Don’t be afraid to mix modern elements with some antiques to give you a complimentary blend of the modern world with the charm of older pieces.
Fabrics offer a great way to add both charm and sophistication to a room. Whether you use them as accent pillows or curtains, fabric is a great way to add dimension and depth without making a room feel heavy. For instance, adding a bed skirt and plenty of pillows offers the chance to add color and texture simply and easily.
When you think of a country cottage, the odds are you think of nature. Whether it is a cottage at the beach or tucked deep in the woods, you want to bring the outdoors in. This includes bringing in natural elements to the design like hardwood floors (or vinyl or ceramic plank with the look of hardwood), wainscoting, beadboard, etc. Or it could be as simple as filling mason jars with seashells and/or flowers form the garden.
Enjoy Artfully Arranged Clutter
When it comes to creating the kind of comfy feel that comes with cottage living, minimalism is out! Part of the charm of this look is the artfully arranged clutter that fills each room. Whether you are showcasing an antique book collection or your grandma’s treasured teacups, find ways to artfully highlight the things that mean the most to you.
It’s All in the Detail
Even the smallest details get noticed. If you don’t have the resources to add beadboard to your dining area or a stone fireplace to the living room, that’s okay. Adding some smaller details to the rooms can go a long way to creating the kind of comfortable room you are after. Paint a side table (and then scuff it up with a bit of sandpaper to give it that loved, worn look). Peruse the local thrift shop looking for some vintage bottles to showcase on a shelf. When choosing what embellishments to add to your rooms, think about the things that attracted your attention in those cottages you want to emulate. You will be surprised at how easily you can recreate the same feel in your own rooms.
Stop dreaming about escaping to a rural retreat tucked away from the world. Create your own sanctuary right in your home. That cozy cottage awaits within your walls. All you have to do is find it!
Maurcia H. is a seasoned writer with 20-plus years of publishing experience which includes 10 traditional print books, three book collaborations; more than 100 ghostwritten books. Specializing in both how-to pieces as well as industry oriented articles, Maurcia has written press releases, blog posts and articles for a variety of construction companies.