Cottage Style Decorating
How To Create A Warm And Inviting Oasis
By Michael Holland
If you are interested in cottage style decorating for your home interior, there are many exciting ways you can design just about any area of your home to capture the perfect authenticity of such a theme.
Cottage style decorating for the home interior carries with it a very warm and inviting feeling. With this in mind you may already be thinking about the types of colors you will be painting your walls, the type of upholstery you will be interested in for your cushions, chairs and couches, as well as the style of furniture that would best suit this fashion.
The one aspect you will need to keep in mind if you have chosen cottage style decorating for your theme is to remember that although cottage designs are similar to country, there are some important differences that make these two styles separate from one another.
For instance, although cottage style decorating has the similar interior simplicity, and warmth as a basic country style, it is altogether more modern.
In order to give you more ideas to think about when using cottage style decorating as your home design, you may wish to take the following tips into consideration:
Think Wicker or Think Wood - When it comes to furniture for cottage style decorating, the most authentic looking pieces are those made of wicker or wood. The reason for this is because these furnishings appear more natural, and rustic, and are often associated with the outdoors.
Floral Patterns and Bright Prints - When it comes to the upholstery of your furnishing pieces, the cottage style decorating theme is all about bold and vibrant colorful patterns, with the most popular patterns often being floral.
Warm Colored Walls - The walls of a room that are based on cottage style decorating should be fashioned in warm colors such as tones of yellow, and terracotta. You may also want to add a stencil or wallpaper border to the top of the wall in another color to add a nice accent to the wall.
Wood Floors and Area Rugs - Hardwood floors are the best look for a cottage themed room. If you cannot afford hardwood floors, you may be interested in using laminate, which is a good substitute in appearance for hardwood floors.
You will also find that area rugs make an excellent addition to the room. Just make sure you pick designs and patterns that will match with the upholstery in the room.
Simple and Sweet Accessories - The best type of cottage style decorating accessories are those that are personal and homemade.
Family photos are perfect for wall hangings, or for dressing up an end or coffee table.
Simple rustic paintings or those of flowers, or vegetables and fruit also add a nice touch. You may also be interested in a coo-coo clock for cottage-like decoration.
There you have it, some great ideas for you to consider when cottage style decorating your home. Keep in mind that you donít have to limit your cottage theme to one room; you can express this style in your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and more. The choices truly are endless, and whatís even better is they are all yours to make.