Are you looking for cottage style decorating ideas that are easy to do? Are you trying to figure out exactly what is the definition of Cottage Style and how do you obtain this style for your home?
To me, Cottage Style is more about the feeling you create for your home. Every home has an immediate “feeling” the minute you walk in. You know what I mean, right? Some homes just greet you with a welcoming and comforting feeling. Other homes scream “be careful where you sit, and be sure to wipe your feet”. Well, a home decorated in the Cottage Style has a way of giving every visitor a hug when they first enter.
How do you obtain this style? This style is made up of distressed painted furniture, light-weight fabrics, nostalgic accessories, and soft interior paint colors. It is decorating your home with things that have meaning and history, while still creating a very comfortable and relaxing environment.
One of my top places to look for Cottage Style ideas is at the flea market. At the flea market you can find baskets, old quilts, white ironstone pottery, old paintings, and distressed furniture.
I love to attend the flea market. You NEVER know what you will find. I arrive early and ready to hunt; it truly is a lot of fun! Make sure to take plenty of cash and wear comfortable shoes.
Below are some fabulous ideas and DIY projects! Enjoy!
Cottage Style Furniture
Nothing about cottage furniture is stuffy or pretentious. Cottage Style furniture has a look of comfort and ease. Many furniture pieces are upholstered with linen, chenille, floral, and plaid fabrics.
If you are wanting to purchase some upholstered furniture, I always recommend solid prints for your larger pieces. That way you can change out your decorative pillows any time, and have a totally different look.
Cottage Style Painted Furniture
The Perfect Blend – Wood and Linen
Slipcovers are a fabulous way to have cottage style decorating! White canvas and duck are great fabrics to use for slipcovers. Just remember to wash the fabric in hot water and dry before beginning sewing your slipcovers. This way there will be no shrinkage when you wash your finished slipcovers.
Cottage Style Lighting
Look for antique lamps and chandeliers at the flea market. Lamps with painted glass shades are a perfect fit for this style.
Different Uses For Old Doors
Wash your doors gently with dish soap and water. Once your door is dry you want to brush on a coat of polyurethane. This will keep any paint from chipping off and make dusting easier.
Be sure if you are wanting to purchase a door for your headboard, to choose a door with panels like the one above. You want it to look uniform when the door is turned sideways.
Can I throw you another cool idea?
So, really, how awesome is this idea? This idea is from Rebecca of YouAreTalkingTooMuch.com. She is one smart cookie!
Cottage Style Decorating Ideas for Window Treatments
Adding Character with Unique Accessories
This is a black iron piece of scroll-work that I paid next to nothing for. I purchased two and placed them in the doorway between my kitchen and dining room. It adds a lot of charm and character! You could also use old architectural corner pieces that were salvaged from old homes.
If you are wanting to accessorize your kitchen, white ironstone pottery, or plain white dishes look beautiful. You can find white ironstone at the flea market or antique shops. While shopping look for vintage items to accessorize your kitchen.
Find old jars to hold your sugar, flour, and coffee. Purchase an old-time scale to set in the corner of your counter top. I also love the look of small potted herbs set in clay pots.
Do you have a particular interest that you would like to incorporate into your Cottage Style decorating ideas?
I had a particular client whose husband loved vintage things. He especially loved vintage photography items. So, I shopped at the flea market and found an old fold-out camera, a dark room timer, and an very old video camera. I used these to accessorize their bookshelves, along with a lot of other items.
It was really unique, and that is what Cottage Style decorating ideas are all about! Thinking outside the box, and taking the time to come up with different ways to accessorize your home.
Sometimes my ideas come from just roaming through the flea market. You find one thing, and then begin to build on that idea.
So, have fun! Really the flea market is a blast!
Take the cottage look outdoors
Give your home some Cottage Style curb appeal! Consider painting your front door a different color from your siding and shutters. Make sure you add a front door wreath, nothing is more welcoming.
Well, those are some of my favorite Cottage Style decorating ideas. I hope you enjoyed them.