Recreate a beautiful country cottage decorating style.
Relax into a perfect country idyll - without leaving your own home!
Here you will find useful and stylish hints and tips on how to get your own country decorating ideas.
I actually live in a quaint country cottage...that is my living room in the photos above and below...
And my pretty cottage style kitchen in the image below (I'll show you exactly how I got the look, with a link to my makeover page, later...)
But even if you live in a more modern town house or apartment, country cottage decorating is now becoming very popular!
Whatever your home is like - I will bring you lots of ideas to get the country cottage look for yourself...
Why choose a cottage style?
Cottage style decorating is an ideal look to create a comfy, cozy bolthole, from the stresses and rigours of modern life.
Country decorating ideas will give you a very relaxed style, with a warm and friendly feel. Decorating is practical – but with very pretty and friendly touches.
Items don’t have to be shiny and new – you can get a very authentic country cottage decorating style with second-hand and older items, which look like they have been well-loved, and handed down through the family.
Walls and Colors
Because cottage style decorating is such a relaxed style, there are not really any hard and fast rules as to color.
There are some good guidelines though – depending on the sort of country cottage decorating look you want to go for
Classic English country cottage
– use pretty and fresh pastels, especially pinks, greens, creams and florals (all mixed in together)
Rustic cottage style
– decorating in greens, reds, rusts and golds will give a gorgeously warm, cozy feel. Stripes, checks and tartans will all look great – again feel free to mix and match.
Light and airy ‘beach’ style
– use whites, creams, sand, pale blue and teal.
Windows & Curtains
Cottage windows are usually quite small, but very attractive and distinctive.
Even if you don’t have typical, small, cottage windows, you can still get the look – with clever use of curtains and window treatments.
To get a perfect country interior design style, go for pretty, full and frilly curtains.
Curtains should always be informal in style – putting a simple valance, or frill, on an existing pair of plain curtains, is a good way to get the look.
Choose valances, pelmets, swags and tails, drapes and tie-backs to accessorize your curtains.
For Summer, and for lighter decorating looks, choose light and floaty sheers, voiles and nets.
For Winter, and for cozy decorating schemes, choose sumptuous velvet, tapestry and brocade curtains – for a really warm and comfortable look.
Country cottage patterns and fabrics
Mix plenty of patterns and fabrics in your country cottage decorating style room. Like I said before, this look is very relaxed, so, really – anything goes!
If you need some excellent suggestions for patterns and styles to suit a country cottage decorating scheme, choose florals (especially the old-fashioned looking prints), stripes, checks, tartans and ginghams.
Include plenty of throws, cushions, patchwork and handmade quilts, in a mixture of different fabrics and patterns, to cozy it all up, and create a really warm and comfortable feel.
Pretty as patchwork
Try to include a home-made patchwork quilt somewhere - on a bed or sofa is ideal...
Try these gorgeous Cath Kidston prints, which are ideal for a country cottage decorating style.
You can buy lengths of fabric for curtain-making or upholstery.
I like these patchwork quilt kits - pre-cut squares of fabric - ideal for making your own patchwork quilt - much cheaper than a bought one...
Craft fairs are a great place to find unique, hand-made bits and pieces, to add to your collections.
Also make sure you look on eBay - where are there always plenty of country decorating bargains to be found...
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Fire it up
Center your country cottage decorating look around a real, open fire, or wood-burning stove - if you are lucky enough to have one, or able to fit one.
This will give you that perfect country feel, and a real warm, cosy look (and feel – they really do kick out a lot of heat!) and your own little oasis of calm in a busy, modern life!
I hope this has helped and inspired you to create your own country cottage decorating scheme at home.