For a relaxed, comfortable look, there’s no better way to decorate your home than in the Country Cottage style. Full of appealing traces of the past, the ever-popular country cottage makes use of the rich tradition and natural elements of rural homes in early America while conveying the simplicity, utility and joyfulness, common to farm houses. Cheerful muted colors such as shades of white, dove grey and eggshell, along with simple, practical accents and handmade textiles, furniture and decorations, seek to combine tradition with function. Country Cottage style features clean lines in combination with casual and relaxed furnishings. Although inspired by days gone by, this casual style is easy to conjure in your own home today.
White-Washed Color Palette
Large, airy spaces drenched in sunlight combined with natural hardwood or wide-plank wood flooring set the neutral backdrop in Country Cottage inspired spaces. Light neutral colors such as white, cream and warm grays are used to reflect the bright natural light streaming through the large, plentiful windows. Though considered too bland for other styles, you’ll often find white or cream walls as the mainstay for country cottage spaces. If color is present, it is most often found as an accent rather than as the main furniture. Pastels ranging from pinks, blues, yellows and greens typically add a splash of color on everything from table or chair legs to accents on dressers and handles.
Capturing the innocence, purity and simplicity of the American countryside, wood accents and décor are a cornerstone for this style conveying the unpretentious ease of farm life. Warm, natural wood can be seen throughout the home with furnishings that place function over form and comfort over modernism. Often, the wood is stained to allow for the natural grain to show through.
Classic Patterns and Textiles
The cozy, easy going textiles often feature linen, cotton and flannel. Gingham, florals and other homey patterns are also regularly used to embody the country cottage style basics. These fresh patterns combine for a home that feels lived-in and well loved. When mixing and matching, be sure to maintain a similar color palette and vary the scale of the floral and patterned textiles.
Regardless of your type of home, yes, even if it’s a studio in the city, you can enjoy the country cottage style trends and incorporate coastal elements throughout your home. The look is commonly created in small, cozy and naturalistic homes, but these quaint spaces can be found and created practically anywhere. The special, simplistic charm that these homes traditionally offer was originally a way to live in a cost-effective home, yet today, the natural wood flooring, mismatched exposed beams and distressed furniture are all must-haves for fine interior design.
Ready to create a Country Cottage home of your own? Perhaps you’ll want to start with the quintessential country-cottage rocking chair? Or maybe a dining set for your country kitchen? Or a new solid top dresser for your bedroom? Stop by our Houston Showroom for a look at our wood gallery and discover just how easy it is to give a homey feel to any and every room in your home!
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