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Cottage Style Decorating

Cottage style decorating is casual, colorful and comfortable.  Painted furniture,  slipcovered sofas,  reclaimed wood tables,  bright fabrics,  wicker chairs and striped rugs are all part of cottage style decorating.  We have collected all of our cottage style decorating posts in one place including Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Get the Look, Inspiration Boards and Design Tips to help you develop your cottage decorating design ideas.  All of the posts include sorting tags if you need to focus on a color or need decorating ideas for a specific cottage room.  Enjoy browsing!

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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Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro

Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro #smallspaces #reclaimedwood #trestletable #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro #smallspaces #natural #trestletable #farmhousetablePhoto : Better Homes & Gardens

Longing to go on a summer picnic or lounge in a plein air bistro? The cheery little dining room pictured above pulls the carefree feeling of outdoor dining into your cottage home. Bringing together a mix of natural textures and bright colors, as well as some mismatched furniture styles, creates a chic yet communal dining area.

Varied seating options create an easy charm, as if chairs have been pulled up impromptu to accommodate any and all who care to break bread. Scattered touches of primary colors flit about the otherwise neutral backdrop like the chirping birds on the curtains, and a bright white and goldenrod runner with coordinating pillows ensure a French country look. The natural bleached rug and primitive wicker pendant lamp also help to bring the outdoors in.

Anchoring it all is a rustic dining table without pretension but with plenty of character. Find other trestle table and reclaimed barn wood table ideas by viewing our Farmhouse Tables collection.

Are you ready to pull up a chair?

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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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Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea  #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/
1. Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 30″ (other sizes available), $245,  |  2. Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp$310, 31″H  |  3. Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk36″L x 20″W x 33.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $925  |  4. Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair, 25″W x 26″D x 32.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $535  |  5. Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug5′ x 8′ (other sizes available), $936  |  6. Myrtle Leather Ottoman, 20″W x 20″D x 14″H (larger size available), shown in Echo Turquoise (several color options), $835

Wicker furniture and natural fiber rugs are the key to a summery feel, whether placed in your office, den or porch. The honeyed tones of rattan and bleached sand of jute can instantly create an uplifting tropical environment within your home. And besides simply being pretty, added accessories in green and blue sea hues balance the basic earthy palette with an aquatic coolness.

Available in many sizes, the Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug has a tribal vibe in chocolate brown and contrasting lighter jute. We built this fun room around this natural rug, introducing rattan pieces such as the oversized Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair and the compact Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk. This versatile wicker furniture can be used in many different rooms, and for several uses (we thought the desk looked equally well as a table for the Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp). Splashes of aqua found in the Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee and the deep turquoise of the fetching Myrtle Leather Ottoman complete the earth and sea look.

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Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #aquakitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #skybluekitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Photo: barvity.net

Sky blue turns heads.  The color of the walls in this farmhouse kitchen play against white tile and cabinetry to energize the space in a quietly fresh way. Crisp and clean, this eat-in kitchen gives off an orderly confidence without looking contrived, a magical element of the Scandinavian style. Drawing from both traditional and modern styles, key architectural elements in this kitchen mesh without giving pause.

A gorgeous white antique enameled corner fireplace rules this cheery kitchen, where everything has its place, from the aqua pitcher and herbs to the incredibly mod pinecone lighting fixture.  The weathered farmhouse table grounds the area with its sturdy earthiness and ungrudgingly gives over the spotlight to the glitzy lamp. The shiny coat of white paint on the dining chairs furthers the kitchen’s signature lightness. The lesson here is to mix and match without fear, from antique with modern to linear with ornate, simply taking care to keep clutter out of the equation and to have fun.

Are you a fan of the Scandinavian style?

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Rooms to Love: Library Blues

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/photo: travel for design

The winter is fading, but there’s still enough left to merit finding a cozy space. Grab a book and a cup of tea and sink into the calm solitude of this deep blue library. This reading nook boasts floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted in a cadet blue, a fresh change from more commonly seen shades of navy and china blue. Renowned for its calming properties, blue perfectly suits bedrooms, porches and just about anywhere you want to relax. This library’s particular hue of blue lends a sense of reassuring solidity, not stuffiness.

This small area plays with cool tones and warm: plush apricot pillows and a rusty red occasional table lend a dusting of warmth to the palette. Also, the traditionally tailored sofa juxtaposed with an animal print partner and a rattan coffee table creates a slightly playful and informal area. This room is not taking itself over seriously, and the antique lion figure surveying the scene approves.

What’s your favorite book: a classic or a new work? 

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Color Board: Aqua Vie

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

1. Ferngully Indigo Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   2. Basket Parrot Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture     3. Junoon Cumin Fabric (G) $95/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   4. Constant Aquatic Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   5. Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug  5′ x 8′ $846  |  6. Allure Ink Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  7. Avocado over Barn Paint Rubbed & Glazed, Reclaimed Barn Wood Furniture  |  8. Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug 6′ x 9′ $223

The lull between the holidays and the first signs of spring can set the mind wandering to warmer climes and bright colors. In lieu of an island getaway, create an atmosphere of deep ocean waters and beachside margaritas with aqua, indigo and citrus green touches. Adding an occasional table in Avocado over Barn Paint or an area rug like the bold Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug will instantly change your wintry frame of mind.

Ramp up the color with tropically bright fabrics, paint and rugs, or choose to combine brights with neutrals, as in our versatile 100% cotton Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug.  Our featured Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture fabric, Ferngully Indigo Fabric, offers a beautiful natural pattern in a carefree and breezy linen/cotton blend.

Which island do you dream of visiting?

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Rooms to Love: The Well Red Cottage

Rooms to Love: Well Red Cottage #cottagelivingroom #brickhearth #redaccents http://thedistinctivecottage.com/


Adding touches of red to a cottage living room can be an inspired decorating move, but can also daunt those who think that the color necessarily invokes boldness. Soft reds are a compromise for those wanting to inject some warmth but who are also afraid of creating an overpowering palette. And Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to experiment with red with the possibility of it becoming a staple in your decor year-round.

Red accessories can ramp up your color scheme as much or as little as you desire without any permanent commitment. In the cottage room above, pillows and a lampshade in persimmon both draw out the natural color in the brick hearth and floor and add interest to the neutral taupe couch. Even the spines of old brick red volumes stand out nicely against the black backdrop of a floor-to-ceiling built-in, and can be changed out to another color or object without much energy. Adding red is a great way to easily change up your decor and express your current mood.

Do you prefer bright lipstick red or soft berry reds?

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Rooms to Love: Style and Color Collide

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.comImage: BHG

When you love pattern and color it can be hard to decide where to play it up and when to tone it down in your cottage home.  Today’s Rooms to Love is a great example of how color and style can live together in a balanced and harmonious way.  

This fabulous living room is home to style blogger Micheal Wurm, Jr. who wanted this space to be colorful, yet not too intense, so as not to distract from the beautiful architecture.  He chose a neutral gray for the walls, which is light enough to blend into the background, and a crisp white to highlight the amazing architectural details in the space, like the built-in bookcases, crown molding, and decorative mantel.  He also chose a light charcoal gray for the sofa and chair, again to build a neutral foundation in the space.  

Now that the stage had been set, he chose textiles and accessories in a myriad of patterns and colors to bring the space to life.  The largest source of color, and the main focal point, is the modern flag print area rug.  Everything else in the space, like the puff ottomans, throw pillows, wire baskets, and small accessories, pick up the hues found in the rug including royal blue, electric yellow, and fire engine red.

What is your favorite color found in this unique and creative space?

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