We know it when we see it, wood and painted furnishings mixed with muted tones of color, mis-matched chairs around a dining table, formal and casual accents blended together, floral fabrics with ruffle details, vintage lighting and architectural remnants. But how do you begin to create your own cottage style?
Details that make it cottage style:
- Soothing shades of blue make a bedroom peaceful. A headboard is made from window shutters with a cute cut-out that are painted and distressed. Vintage chenille bedspreads were made into pillows.
- Hang a formal crystal chandelier over a well-worn farm wood table and you have instant cottage appeal.
- For a casual seating area, bring the furniture close together, have a place to put your feet up, place lamps for reading and add tables for beverages.
Have fun while creating your cottage décor and remember to design your home to accommodate your everyday lifestyle.
Julie Fergus, ASID is a professional interior designer. Her shop and design studio is American Home Gallery located at