How to give your home a cottage look

Cottage interiors have a deliberate and happy informality to them. They look lived in, cosy (but airy) and inviting. They are also textured and tend to be quite colourful, though neutral palettes are also common. Other common features are upholstered chairs and a vintage piece or two, which helps enhance the room’s appearance of age and charm.

Cottage interiors usually have walls painted white (or a pale colour). Wood floors, wooden beams or planks, and wooden furniture are ubiquitous. Floral or patterned fabrics are popular, as are earthy and neutral tones. Expect a few bright and warm colour accents, especially in accessories. Fresh flowers are the classic finishing touch to the look.

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This style of room also tends to have recesses, nooks and other odd storage or sitting spaces – stemming from the look’s origin in the English countryside. These anomalies add to a room’s charm and cosiness. Window seats and fireplaces are quintessentially cottage.

Perhaps above all else, cottage décor is one of comfort.

Let’s look at a couple of great cottage interiors for inspiration…

Warm, easy-going kitchens

In this kitchen we have classic white walls, sash windows, and wood everywhere. An apron sink fits the cottage feel nicely, as do the irregular cupboards. The room has that happy balance of airiness and cosiness. The oven hood is great, and if you look closely you’ll see they’ve opted for Victorian-style taps, which fit this style of décor perfectly.

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Inviting bedrooms

Cottage bedrooms are always incredibly inviting. High beds with puffy duvets and pillows and textured blankets are common, as are classic bedsteads. Earthy, thick pile, patterned and/or textured carpets are also popular.

Old-style furniture goes well in this aesthetic – rather an old-fashioned armoire than lots of smartly built-in cupboards. Note that the room isn’t to be cramped, but it should feel comfortably full.

What else?

Certain homes lend themselves better to the cottage look than others. If you have extremely high ceilings, unusually large spaces, and perfectly square rooms, the cottage looks won’t work as well as if you have a smaller or more irregular home.

Also, be careful not to confuse cottage interiors with shabby chic – the latter has, as the name suggests, a worn look, albeit that something has been distressed to give it that look. Cottage is relaxed but neat, and has cleaner lines and a fresher feel.

At the end of the day the cottage interior is about comfort, charm and liveability. Tell us, is it the style for you?   

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