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Colorful Cottage Style Living Room


What is it about decorating in a simple, casual Cottage look that appeals to so many today?

Is it our yearning to lead a simpler life, both in budget and lifestyle?

We want to surround ourselves with cottage home decor, for its simplicity and charm may influence our hectic schedules and help ease the body and soul after a hectic, stressful day.

Let's visualize a cottage (you decide where it is located...on the beach, in the woods, on a tree-lined street with a white picket fence out front...your choice!) with a 'Furnish Me' sign on the door.

How would we go about filling this charming space with home decor? Let's walk inside and see what the 'bones' of the space offer.

First, the floors (of course we can see them well because this little place is not yet furnished!). They appear to be well worn and aged wood of a medium to light finish.

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Nothing perfect about these floors, as they have been distressed from much use, although they could have just as well had some help from an owner giving them the appearance of aging! And there is nothing wrong with newly laid wood floors - just keep the tones light overall.

We'll probably put down some simple area rugs, nothing fancy, in plain or braided style, organic material, vintage, etc. We might wash the floor with a coat of paint, white or another light color.

Alternatively, the floors could have some carpet in a bedroom, or they may be tiled. Whatever the choice, our cottage decorating will remain uncomplicated and comfortable.

The colorful room above, courtesy of, is one of my favorite photos. Simple, casual cottage style decor, with repurposed and vintage items, colorful fabric accent pillows and a suitcase coffee table all meld together and say, 'come on in and sit awhile'.

In addition, our cottage decorating project is complete with light, breezy sheers at the windows.

They are hung on simple iron rods to allow them to be pulled back during the day and together at night to allow for some privacy.

We might consider a simple shade or blind for additional privacy in the evening. And, a valance made from vintage napkins, hankies or lace might be an interesting addition to the kitchen windows.

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So How Shall We Complete Our
Cottage Home Decor?

Here are some very likely choices for Cottage Decorating:

The furnishings and accessories will be a blend of fabrics and patterns, with a floral, stripe, plaid, and/or check combination. We'll keep the color palette consistent and have fun with the rest!

We may have a new piece of furniture along with slip covered used pieces - that's perfectly fine in this casual style of decor.

Now, we might want to have entirely new upholstery, depending on our budget. Just remember that mixing and matching in this style of decorating is an integral part of the style.

Cottage style window

We'll place our furniture in groupings that welcome and invite conversation,  good home cooked meals (I know, I'm stretching that one!) and family get togethers.

 The case goods we'll put in our home may be flea market finds, family heirlooms, reproductions or new purchases.

Again, they are definitely NOT a matching set, and as a matter of fact, our design project involves the search for interesting, unique pieces that have a personality of their own. As we find our simple and casual style furnishings and accessories, we'll use a  predetermined color palette  that will most likely include shades of rose, blue, yellow, teal and green.

Overall, our furnished home will have a light, airy, informal and welcoming look.

Are you visualizing our cottage decorating? I know I am! I suggest you also have a look at the uniquely European cottage & country decorating ideas on this designer's website.

Be Inspired by these Cottage Decorating Style images...

Colorful Cottage Style Bedroom


Bright and happy colors create the personality in this Cottage Style Bedroom.

Notice the throw that has been placed over the head board...nice and budget friendly way to style a new look!

Floral patterns, quilt, painted furniture...all of these touches speak of Cottage Style.

Cottage Garden Living Room


Elegant and understated but still Cottage Style, this living area is warm and inviting.

A touch of vintage in the floral pattern on the sofa, and the patterned window treatments add softness to the space.

Touches of flowers in the room complete the look.

Cheerful Cottage Style Dining Area


You won't miss this cheerful Cottage Style Dining area!

Neutral walls and floor set the tone for the brightly painted dining chairs and pedestal on the table.

The colors are continued in the items on display. Just enough color with the right amount of neutral tones for balance.

Charming Cottage Style Bath


This simply styled Cottage Bath takes a neutral approach, a wise choice when you want to make a small area appear larger.

I love the soft wall color with white fixtures and black accents.

Very simple look to duplicated, easy on the budget, and definitely Cottage Style!

More Cottage Decorating Style Ideas, Tips and Information


Cottage Style Living Room

More Cottage Style Decorating Ideas! Just about any home can be transformed into a cottage style residence on the interior with a design strategy that utilizes the fundamentals of this style of decor. They are not difficult, and are for the most part budget-friendly to incorporate into your home's decor.

Decorating a Cottage Kitchen

Kitchens - What can speak more clearly about the simple, open, welcoming design of this decor than a charming cottage kitchen?

Cottage Window Treatments

Simple, easy breezy cottage window treatments for your casual home decor. Pictures and ideas to inspire your creativity!

Cottage Chic Decorating

Chic decorating ideas for your comfortable, casual home. Create a relaxed, welcoming Cottage Chic decor combining vintage finds with new pieces. It is a style that offers versatility and is easy.

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Lovers of vintage decor and the simplicity of cottage style will embrace the Vintage Cottage Style look...learn all about it here!

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