Ok, or just a regular forest. To reflect woodland surroundings, fill the interior with both natural colors and materials, naturally. Colors should stick to neutral earth tones such as white, taupe, cream, brown, gray, and some sparing black. Accent colors can be muted greens and blues.
And just as colors look to nature for inspiration, so too should the materials in the home. And arguably, they are essential for bringing life into any home. The key for designing with greenery in a cottage is to make every collection look a little unkept, as if it was found on your stroll through the fields. You can go more simple with bouquets of wildflowers and ferns, or you can get more inventive. Creeping vines and pothos plants look beautiful when hung from windows or the ceiling, and certain type of trees such as the fiddleleaf fig will make a statement in any room.
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If you happen to have a black thumb, never fear. Dried flowers can work too and they happen to last longer. Why do we love cottages so much? Texture plays a big part in creating a space where you literally want to just curl up in a ball and read the day away. Bring in all of those nubby blankets, sheepskin, and chenille throws.
The floor can also be another opportunity for texture with patterned rugs. Featured in May issue. Simon Upton. East Hampton Dining Room. In the romantic breakfast area of the room, leather cushions add height to a linen-covered Empire settee to match antique chairs pulled up to the custom table. Harvest Table.
An 18th-century American harvest table with original paint and 19th-century American shawl-back chairs instantly warm up this classic white kitchen, "command central of a very active household" in a New York summer cottage, designer Robin Bell says.
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Designer Gary McBournie created a subtle nautical theme without going overboard in this fisherman's cottage. John Valiant. Family Style. Not a fake history, just a sense that it's always been like this, like I've lived here for years and years. I really wanted it to feel like an old family cottage — a little bit classic, a little vintage, a little retro.
A Country-Style Bedroom. Featured in the February issue. Ken Hayden. Navy Bedroom. Designer T. Keller Donovan lined the back wall of this navy-and-white bedroom with 14 feet of shutters. Featured in December issue. A Guest Room with Character. Pieter Estersohn. Cream Bathroom. The gracefully aged furniture in this space appears more striking against clean, updated walls, trim and window treatments. Style Secret: Airy Palettes Cottage colors feel as soft and clean as a cotton sheet fresh from a clothesline. No jewel tones or shocking brights here — think white mixed with ivory mixed with cream.
Layer in pale pinks, blues, greens and other washed-out hues. But limit it to a handful of smaller furnishings or accessories, and keep it tone on tone.
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One turquoise pillow in a tumble of pale blue ones might look fresh and appropriate, but if you also throw down a chartreuse rug and paint the ceiling lemon yellow, the look veers in a different direction. Find some new accessories to go with your soft color palette. Style Secret: Beadboard If there's one thing that shouts "cottage," it's beadboard. This classic grooved paneling is a perennial favorite, and for good reason: Not only is it easy to install, but it's a no-brainer for adding warmth and character to a bare wall, a blank ceiling or bland cabinetry.
You can't go wrong by painting it creamy white, but it's also fun to add a hint of subtle color and distress it ever so slightly. Hot tip: Beadboard can be a strong addition to a room, so a little goes a long way. The paneling in this bathroom pops because of its texture, despite being in the background.
Style Secret: Feminine Fabrics As much as any other element, fabrics define cottage style: delicate florals, ticking stripes, gingham, eyelet.
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Natural, textured materials, such as cotton, linen and burlap, fall right in step with the look. Vintage fabrics, from hankies and dishcloths to flour sacks and aprons, pop up on pillows , quilts, chair seats and more. Curtains are usually simple, sheer and breezy. Hot tip: Keep a light touch with the floral prints. Style Secret: Slipcovers Slipcovers and cottage style were made for each other. Hot tip: The sheet thing? Slipcovers should be tailored, closely contouring the piece beneath.
Browse thousands of sofa options. Whether you want to rescue a ratty finish, brighten dark wood, or unify pieces that carry the mismatched look a little too far, paint is your friend. Hot tip: Worried that a just-painted piece will look glaringly new? Period or period-look drawer and cabinet pulls and other hardware also help. Style Secret: Old-Fashioned Flooring Ever seen a classic cottage with wall-to-wall carpeting or slick vinyl? We haven't. You want more rustic materials that can take a few hard knocks. Wood stained, painted, pickled, stenciled or simply left natural is queen, but you can bring in brick or stone as well.
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Keep rug materials simple, such as sisal or braided cotton. Hot tip: Although tile isn't the first material that comes to mind when you think about cottages, it can work as long as you choose a style that reads as vintage for example, the small hexagonal tiles that often turn up in bathrooms. If they look too scattered, so will the space. Massed together, these glass bottles have a collective impact. Hot tip: A room full of quirky displays, offbeat furnishings and cheeky accents can easily slide into eclectic territory. Add some unique decorative accents to your collection. Style Secret: Open Shelving Not so long ago, kitchens didn't have the banks of upper cabinetry that are standard now.
What they had instead was shelving, home to stacks of plates and bowls, canisters of dry goods and baskets of edibles. And in cottage interiors, not much changes in the translation, although nowadays the look is as much decorative as it is utilitarian.
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