Home Improvement / October 6, 2018 / Camille Ness.
Cottage design style means romance, simplicity, coziness, and comfort. Think of it as comfort food for the soul! Light and airy colors, lots of pastels, floral patterns, pretty plaids, bold stripes, white furniture, and plenty of overstuffed pillows make cottage designed rooms a place you want to curl up with a good book in and stay all day.
The wall colors in cottage design are typically muted and understated. Pastel pinks, soft yellows, sky blues, soft greens, and soothing lavenders are always acceptable. Also, of course, you can never go wrong with crisp, clean white! The colors should sort of be worn or faded looking and have that gentle sense of aging. This is not to say it should look old, but have that been-there-awhile look. Imagine a cottage beach house on Nantucket in the springtime.
The walls in cottage design are usually painted solid colors all around. If you do paint an accent wall, make sure it's of the same shade because cottage design is all about staying within the same color range. This monochromatic look adds to the soothing and uncomplicated feel of cottage design. Contrast should come in the form of white trim, woodwork, or bead-board. To get that classic cottage look you should have lots of white painted wood accents around the room. Consider adding bead-board and paint the ceiling, trim, and windows in crisp, bright white to make the muted wall colors stand out.
The furnishings are typically white and distressed or dark hardwood. You might have an old wrought iron bed painted white with the iron peeking out underneath, an old wooden table with antique hardware, or a big white wicker chair with oversized cushions. The great thing about furnishing your cottage designed room is that nothing needs to match, so go wild buying individual pieces at flea markets, antique stores, or yard sales. Just make sure they have decorative interest to them like claw feet, intricate carvings, or an antique look.
Cottage design does use plenty of patterns, and this is where you get to have fun mixing and matching. Pretty floral, bold stripes, masculine plaids, and even polka dots can all as accents, plus they can all be combined! Just pick two or three colors that go well.