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Cottage Living Room Decorating 

Cottage living room decorating ideas to help you create a casual and comfy space for watching the latest movie, reading the Sunday paper or entertaining your friends. Cottage living room decorating posts include Color Boards, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look, Rooms to Love and Design Tips all focused on cottage style living rooms and family rooms. All of the posts include sorting tags to focus on specific colors or a cottage decorating style. For additional help or to discuss your decorating challenges please feel free to contact our designers.

Rooms To Love: Beachy Bungalow
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Rooms To Love: Beach Bungalow

The white slipcovered loveseat with high flared arms sets the tone for this beach bungalow. The crisp white fabric plays beautifully with the floor-to-ceiling windows, which allows the sunlight to pour into the room. Pops of color are scattered to offset the light to ensure the room maintains balance. The blend of bold colored accents immediately takes you to a beach landscape with the aquas mimicking the ocean and the oranges evoking a brilliant summer sunset.

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Cottage Home Design Guide 103
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Design Guide: Area Rug Sizing

Area rugs usually come in a range of standard sizes. The ratio of the length to the width for standard sizes is similar to the “Golden Ratio” of 1.6, which is a popular, visually-pleasing design parameter. Size availability will vary by manufacturer and specific rug design. Custom area rugs tend to cost twice as much as a similarly sized standard area rug.

Due to the variability of room size and shape, furniture arrangements, and limited standard area rug sizes, the best way to select a specific rug for a room is to use an interactive computer layout. As a general guideline, an area rug should be sized to either have all of the furniture off the rug, all of the furniture on the rug, or to anchor the front legs of all the furniture on the rug. For living rooms and family rooms, the best option tens to be having the front legs of the furniture on the rug to anchor the furniture to a cozy seating area.

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Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua
Coastal, Cottage Style, Living

Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua

Bright oranges and corals pair well with cool aquas and blues for a great beach house living room.  Add a few natural wood elements to round out the look! #beachhousefurniture #beachhousedecor #coastalstyle #cottagefurniture #aquas #decoratingwithorange http://thedistinctivecottage.com

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Rooms To Love: Coastal Living Room
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Rooms To Love: Coastal Living Room

The open, airy space of this living room lends itself to a naturally coastal feel. A mix of formal leather chairs and a casual slipcovered sofa is a unique way to mix up the style in a room. We love the bright pops of color through the coffee table and accessories. And always remember – a fun grouping of accessories immediately livens a room!

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Living & Family Rooms
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Living & Family Rooms

When decorating a living room consider first, how often do you use your living room? Is it reserved for company or does it get everyday use? If you do a lot of formal entertaining, you’ll approach the design of your living room differently than if it is the center of your family life.

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Cottage Style, Cottage Style, Living

Inspiration Board: Shades of Green

Green is often used like a neutral color to balance a room since certain shades of green, such as soft sage, can go with almost any other color. How can you overlook Mother Nature’s use of color as a source of inspiration? Green has also said to have meditative qualities. #cottagefurniture #decoratingwithgreen #inspirationboards #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com

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