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Cottage Style Color Boards

Our cottage style color boards present a variety of fabric, paint colors and rugs in pleasing cottage color combinations.  Designing with color is a foundation element of any cottage style interior design.   We hope our color boards will help stimulate creative cottage decorating ideas by presenting both traditional and unexpected color combinations. All of the cottage color boards include sorting tags to help focus on a specific color, a specific decorating style or specific cottage room. Free color samples, fabric samples and rug samples are available from our color board designers.

Color Board: Scarlet Fever

Color Board: Scarlet Fever #reds #aqua #southwestern #lodge www.thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Scarlet Fever #reds #aqua #southwestern #lodge http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Cottage RedCountry Classics Collection color option  |  2. Fort Apache Sandstone Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $200.25  |  3. Elsinore-Tower Court Spa Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $110.25  |  4. Gava Red Clay Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $222.75  |  5. Mountain Home Beige Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $200.25  |  6. Civil Red Fabric, Grade F, 100% cotton, $85 per yard  |  7. Corey Herb Fabric, Grade A, polyester/nylon, $35 per yard

Scarlet red — a force to be reckoned with — does not have to dominate your cottage decor. Paired with the white painted furniture of a cottage dining room or the earthy tones of a lodge living room, this deep red punctuates the neutrality of a room in a powerful yet poised way. Incorporating scarlet can be as easy as adding red throw pillows to a white slipcovered sofa, a square red floral tablecloth diagonally over the center of a long planked farmhouse table, or a red painted end table next to a whitewashed coffee table. The red at the top left of our Color Board is one option for just such an end table from our Country Classics Collection, just one of our many furniture lines offering various styles of occasional tables.

Our featured scarlet-compatible wool rugs range from one with a solid, slightly rusty red background with a subtle and dainty border to two other boldly patterned rugs worked in many colors. Earthy colors such as mossy green and beige in the rug design, along with red, allows many color possibilities for accessories. A rug such as the 100% wool Fort Apache Sandstone Hand Tufted Rug lets you easily tie scarlet in with beige, pale aqua, indigo or even a brownish green. The solid and striped fabrics we have pictured from our Shoreline Slipcovered Fabric Collection are just two possible accompaniments to go with the overall color scheme.

How do you tie red into your cottage decor?

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Color Board: Made in the Jade

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Auretta Peacock Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  2. Alero Baltic Fabric, A, $35 per yard  |  3.  Sapelo Vapor Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  4. Dartmouth Mineral Fabric, H, $110 per yard available  |   5. Ariana Spa Fabric, C, $55 per yard  |  6. Wainscott Jade Fabric, F, $85 per yard

Let the deep and soothing shade of jade help you transition from the dark tones of winter to the brighter hues of spring. Named for a rock long esteemed for its beauty and healing powers, the color jade is a perfect pick-me-up for the post-holiday decor doldrums. Here it is paired with aquas and citrus green, deep blues and hints of gold, but it would be equally restorative with some scarlet, pinks, greys and shades of plum.

All of the fabrics pictured above are available on both our slipcovered and upholstered pieces belonging to the Shoreline Furniture Collection. They would also make an ideal slipcover or accent pillow as they are machine washable. The fabrics in the left-hand column are all either 100% cotton or mostly cotton, and the others are all different blends of linen, flax and cotton with synthetic materials.

Is jade one of your favorite gems?

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Color Board: Touch of Tartan

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys http://thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Grey Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available |  2. Highland Charcoal fabric, available in Summer House Upholstered Furniture Collection  |  3.  Gold Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available | Middle Row: Scarlet Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Beige Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Black Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available 4. Gold Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  5. Grey Tattersall Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  6. Charcoal Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available

Plaids intrigue with their ability to bring so many colors together in an orderly and reassuring manner. Hooked on these vinyl floor cloths that appear to be grand old wool rugs, we have seized on an opportunity to mix patterns with plaids in a tight knit color scheme: gold, grey, red and ivory. These combinations conjure up the warm and solid sentiment of a rich relation’s old library, where bold traditional rugs emanate elegance alongside casual throws and priceless hangings bearing family tartans.

These vinyl floor coverings are magnificently versatile, easy to clean and grip whatever surface you choose to grace with them. Available in custom sizes and in other colors. All swatches in our Color Board are of floor cloths save the Highland Charcoal, which is a handsome cotton flannel fabric available on any item from sophisticated sofas to quirky ottomans in our Summer House upholstered furniture collection.

Are you mad for plaid?

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Color Board: Toasty Tones

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys # natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys #natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Range Steel Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  2. Pebble Paint Color, available in various collections  |  3.  Aran Isle Natural Runner, $595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available | 4. Lotus Rug, from $545, various sizes  |  5. Aran Isle Driftwood Runner$595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available  |  6. Tucson Silver Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  7. Jumper Pearl Fabric, Grade E, $75 per yard 

As winter approaches, welcomed hints of muted color at the break of day signal the beginning of precious daylight. All the soft tints of a winter’s dawn – toasted almond, silver and champagne – that streak across the sky and snowscape are brought together in the Lotus Rug (pictured above, at center). This lushly hand-tufted rug is made in India of 100% bamboo viscose. With neutrals ranging from frosty grey to sandy browns, the Lotus Rug subtly exudes a welcoming warmth.

Flanking the Lotus Rug are runners with cable knit detailing in 100% New Zealand wool – the Aran Isle Natural Runner and the Aran Isle Driftwood Runner. Also available in standard sizes, the Aran Isle runners add traditional style and toasty texture to any lodge or cottage living room, kitchen or hallway. Coordinating fabrics from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection include the Tucson Silver Fabric in 100% cotton, Range Steel Fabric in a cotton/linen blend and the herringbone pattern Jumper Pearl Fabric in a synthetic blend. Our Pebble Paint Color, a versatile new addition to our palette, is available in four of our collections: Beach House FurnitureCottage FurnitureCountry Farm Furniture  and Lake House Furniture.

What is your favorite neutral combination?

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Color Board: Taupe & Honey

Color Board: Taupe & Honey #browns #taupe #cottageliving room thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Taupe & Honey, #browns #taupe #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com

  1. Tin Ladder Stripe Rug, 5′ x 8′, $532, various sizes | 2. Sandstone Rug, 5′ x 8′, $680, various sizes | 3. Brentwood Entertainment Console, shown in Taupe and Honey, $2,170, 70.5″ W | 4. Seurat Neutral Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $872, various sizes  | 5. Hickory Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $995, various sizes

Sliding into autumn, the grey-brown bark of a silent oak topped by startling golden and caramel leaves prompts us to explore an infrequent pairing: taupe and honey. Taupe, a greyish brown (or a brownish grey?), exudes a steely sophistication, while honey triggers a primal warmth on sight. The two colors may at first seem like old schoolmates who haven’t talked in a while, but once you bridge the tonal gap with a little ivory or cream the two colors start to really reconnect.

Shown here in both Taupe and Honey, the Brentwood Entertainment Console is also available in 25 other finishes. A distinctive and versatile piece, it will fit right into your cottage living room, dining room, office or even bedroom. Its medallion-embellished doors call to mind an antique tin ceiling, while its faux bamboo frame adds a bit of exoticism. With an adjustable interior shelf, this long and lean storage unit can serve many purposes.  We can’t decide which color we like best, so we’ve pictured them both along with four wool rugs to illustrate the possibilities.

What is your favorite shade of brown?

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Color Board: Indigo-Go

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod http;//thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Lona Plantation Fabric (Level E), $75/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2.  Cove Indigo Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  3. Algura Denim Fabric (Level C), $55/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Cove Pool Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Carousel Ocean Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture 

It’s hard to resist deep ocean-borne blue and green hues against crisp white, washing a wave of relaxation over your decor.  In addition to the mood-altering power of these colors, the swatches above all share the mod sensibility of the go-go era.  These retro patterns intrigue us, ranging from the rambling paisley of the Algura Denim Fabric to the Danish mod Lona Plantation Fabric  to the psychedelic Carousel Ocean Fabric.  And with a nod to the mid-century preoccupation with all things Asian, the Cove Indigo Fabric and Cove Pool Fabric offer a bamboo trellis effect.

These indigo and teal-based fabrics are all from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection, and are 100% cotton and machine-washable. Please browse our other Shoreline fabrics, all available priced by the yard, and of course available on any slipcovered or upholstered Shoreline piece. In any event, outfit your cottage or beach house with some of these fab fabrics.

Do you incorporate retro touches into your cottage decor?

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Color Board: Multi Madness

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5’x’8′ (other sizes available), $264,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  2. Basket Mushroom Fabric  (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Beach Paint Color,  Carolina Painted Furniture Collection  |  4. Spectrum Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Fabric  (C), $55/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture |    5. Rope Sprout Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 6‘x’9’ (other colors / sizes available), $836,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |   6. Shrimp Paint Color,  Beach House Painted Furniture Collection 

Part of the fun of decorating is discovering that colors you never knew went together actually do! The lovely mix of deep and bright tones in the striped Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug is an eye-opener. From indigo to pale aqua, bright leaf green to rich brown and carnation pink to plummy berry, these far-flung colors have outdone themselves in surprising harmony. Mixing and matching is easy when there are so many colors involved: highlight your favorite color or pick out one that you would never have thought of to mix things up.

Beach and Shrimp, colors hand-picked from two of our painted furniture collections, bring out the brighter tones in the Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Choose from coordinating and customizable chairs, benches, nightstands and more from our Beach House Painted Furniture Collection as well as the Carolina Painted Furniture Collection. Both fabrics pictured on our Color Board are machine washable: the Spectrum Indigo is for indoor/outdoor use and the Basket Mushroom is 100% cotton. The great thing about them is they are equally pairable with our featured multi-color rug or with neutral choices. And the two rugs pictured above are both appropriate for indoor/outdoor use and are incredibly easy to care for. We want your summer to be well coordinated as well as hassle-free!

Are you a multi-tasker?

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Color Board: Teal & Tangerine

Color Board: Teal & Tangerine #orange #green #coralprint http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Teal & Tangerine #orange #bluegreen #coralprint http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Stems Coral Fabric (F), $85/yd  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    2. Teal Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth,  5’x5′, $390 (other sizes available)  |   3. Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Sofa, 84″W, $2,085  (other fabric options available)  |   4. Cranwell Sky Fabric (B), $45/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    5. Circa Tropic Fabric (F), $85/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    6. Emory Tangerine Fabric (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture         

Freshen up your soon-to-be-summer decor with a spritz of tangerine and a splash of teal – or any combination of your favorite spicy orange and refreshing blue-green. Picture a secluded and sun-baked citrus grove by the shimmering Mediterranean… To start up your thought process, we’ve pictured a few hues of orange above, from clementine to coral. Also – we admit that sometimes it’s hard to pick just one orange. All the fabric swatches above are from our Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics collection, so browse for even more options.

The elegant backless sofa at center stage  – the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Sofa – will instantly energize your beach house or cottage living room. With a salon-worthy silhouette and a name honoring a beautiful coastal Maine landmark, this piece has its own repertoire of fabric options available from our Summer House Upholstered Furniture collection.

Are you an orange-aholic?

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Color Board: Purple Reign

Color Board: Purple Reign #purples #violet #lavender http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Purple Reign #purples #violet #lavender http://thedistinctivecottage.com/ 1. Purple Soumak Wool Rug  4’x6′, $770 (other sizes available)    |    2. Quartz Stripe Woven Cotton Rug  4’x6′, $112 (other sizes available)    3. Purple Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth  5’x5′, $390 (other sizes available)   |   4. Ghent Thistle Fabric  (H), $110/yd  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    5. Phoebe Hand Tufted Rug  5′x8′, $1,195 (other sizes available)    |     6. Lavender Paint, Hamptons Furniture Collection           7. Clarence Indoor/Outdoor Rug  5’x8′, $493 (other sizes available)

Undeniably the color of royalty, purple makes an intense and lasting impression. Whether using or a little or a lot, you can add a measure of exoticism to your cottage or beach home decor. Add a purple painted piece of cottage furniture to your repertoire or choose from rich textiles drawing on lilac, plum and violet. Purple can be paired with flashy brights or whispery neutrals depending upon your taste.

Two rugs above are hand-woven in 100% wool: the Purple Soumak Wool Rug and the Phoebe Hand Tufted Rug. The soumak rug is perfect for formal areas while the Phoebe is a bit less reserved and plays purples against some bright tropical tones. The two striped rug selections are highly versatile: the Quartz Stripe Woven Cotton Rug is in a durable flat weave and the Clarence Indoor/Outdoor Rug is welcome in dining rooms and dens as well as mud rooms and patios. Another floor covering option in proud purple is the Purple Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth, available in custom sizes.

Do you have a passion for purple?

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Color Board: Brick and Mortar

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Saratoga Tan Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2. Mikayla Coral Fabric (F) $85/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Fritz Persimmon Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Kai Apricot Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth  5′10″ x 8′6″ $770 (other sizes available) |  6. Sunset Hemp Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  

Brick and mortar need each other to make something useful and beautiful. One has earthy color ranging from red to burnt orange to coral, while the other is always in an unassuming neutral. Decorating your cottage or beach house in a warm brick hue along with neutrals creates a pleasing tension and plenty of avenues for expression. We have pulled together some members of the brick family above, including scarlet, terracotta and peachy coral.

Perfect for accessorizing, the striped Saratoga Tan Fabric in all cotton offers just a hint of red and khaki against a creamy color. This fabric is machine washable, as are the Fritz Persimmon Fabric in a linen blend, the cotton blend Sunset Hemp Fabric and the all cotton Kai Apricot Fabric. The Mikayla Coral Fabric has a rambling floral pattern to mix and match with stripes and solids (dry clean only). And as far as a floor covering, the Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth has a subtle latticework pattern that will suit your cottage or beach decor. This hardworking floor cloth will give a vintage look to your kitchen, mudroom, covered porch or other high traffic area, and is available in five additional colors.

Is a brick home your style?

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