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Cottage Decorating Design Tips

Cottage decorating design tips are a collection of practical ideas to help you create unique and fun cottage style designs. Design tips can vary from How to Hang a Chandelier to suggestions on Painting Ceilings to 17 Ways to Use Rope in Nautical Decorating. They are all great ways to help your cottage decorating stand out. Every cottage decorating design tip includes sorting tags to allow you to focus on a specific cottage room and cottage decorating style. Please let our designers know which design tips you found the most helpful or let us know your favorite tip.

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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Rooms to Love: Neat Neutrality

Rooms to Love: Neat Neutrality #neutrals #naturals thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Neat Neutrality #neutrals #naturals http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo credit: Coastal Living

A coastal cottage living room turned out in soothing neutral tones like the one above provides a welcome everyday retreat.  An understated sand color on the walls sets the overall tone and is echoed in the natural area rug, throw pillows and fireplace tiles. White painted moldings provide a subtle contrast. A comfortable mood deepens with graduated tones from cafe au lait pillows, mink brown cushions, and rustic dark wood pieces such as the driftwood mirror and table. The added beauty of this room is that its low-profile disposition serves as the perfect foundation for changing seasonal decor. 

A neutral base can easily be dressed up and down for any occasion, especially at the holidays. Just as natural elements like smooth stones on the hearth and seagrass upon the mantel add a coastal twist to this comfy cottage style, this room could easily be readied for Thanksgiving guests with some gourds and corncobs and substituting an orange or harvest gold area rug. Adding deep red velvet pillows and some berries and evergreen boughs on the mantel would in turn set the scene for festive winter meetings. And when spring returns, adding pussy willows, striped pillows in chambray blue and a white painted table in lieu of the driftwood one can freshen the look.

What is your favorite quick holiday room makeover?

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Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse

Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse #blues #reds #natural wood #fireplace www.thedistinctivecottage.com

 

Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse #blues #reds #natural wood #fireplace http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Houzz

Imagine enjoying a nature walk and finding yourself in an unfamiliar part of the woods just as twilight falls. Suddenly you emerge from the trees to see the glow of a fire in the window of a farmhouse and hear friendly shouted greetings. Welcome to the unfussy farmhouse above, where you are ushered into a century-old living room boasting richly stained original built-ins and a quaint whitewashed brick fireplace. You’re given the seat of honor next to the fire, in an antique armchair with plush persimmon upholstery, and handed a drink and an old book to peruse while the owners whip up a hearty supper in the next room. One can dream…

This soothing refuge boasts the midnight blue of a mid-autumn evening on the walls, punctuated by plucky orange-red and cinnamon woodwork and floors. A few bright spots of white, namely the slipcovered sofa and painted brickwork, serve to balance the deeply restful mood created by dark blue. Details like the beadboard-backed bookcase and granite hearth reinforce a unique nostalgia, and timelessness supersedes the fad of the moment to make a comfortably classic sitting area. Individuality shines through as the butterfly theme of the print on the mantel is echoed in the throw pillows, and according to preference, this room could change up quite easily with the introduction of a new slipcover or plaid or floral accessories.

What was your favorite room at grandma’s house?

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Get the Look: Rustic Beach Living Room

Get The Look: Rustic Beach Living Room #slipcovered #juterug #blues #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Rustic Beach Living Room #slipcovered #juterug #blues #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: Coastal Living

1. Blue Glass Cylinder Lamp, 30″H,  $235  |  2. Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, 27″ x 54″, $405  |  3. Camden Slipcovered Sofa, 76-84″ width, starting at $1,575, available in 400+ fabrics  |  4. Natural Jute Woven Rug, 5′ x 8′, $389, other sizes available  |  5. Country Farm Estate Leg Coffee Table, customizable, starting at $550, 6 standard stains and 40 paints  |  6. Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair, 32.5″H, $535   

We love this relaxed and beachy living room, with its bright blue and green seaglass accents, and have picked out some Cottage Home pieces that will help you recreate this rustic seashore look. Our Country Farm Estate Leg Coffee Table is extremely versatile and can be fully finished in 6 different stains, completely painted in 40 standard colors or finished half and half as shown. It pairs easily with the Camden Slipcovered Sofa, which is available in 400+ fabrics, and in both townhouse and sofa sizes.  We have several cottage wicker and rattan seating choices, and the Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair has a slender cane silhouette to add interest to your cottage decor.

As far as accessories, the Blue Glass Cylinder Lamp is a narrower cousin to the lamp pictured, but has the same seaglass feel – we also have other glass lamps in various silhouettes. From our Giclee Canvas Artwork collection comes the Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, one of many abstract seascapes and landscapes. And anchoring everything is a Natural Jute Woven Rug. Check out our other natural fiber rugs for a variety of sizes and shades, from blonde to chestnut to bark.

Do you collect sea glass on your beach walks?

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Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue, #reds #whites #blues #july4th thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue #reds #whites #blues #july4th http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo Credits: clockwise from top left corner (79 Ideas, Evaru Design, Chinoiserie Chic, SR Gambrel)

This week we pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue, the winsome and revered trio of colors in the United States flag. Just as this nation is a mix of ethnicities and creeds, our picks above represent a spectrum of styles, shades and tastes, from traditional to edgy decor. From bold, billowy patterns to reserved stripes and solids. . . From understated hues to bold primaries. . . . From white with navy and cherry red to variations such as turquoise and persimmon. . . From a nautical bent to an exotic vibe. . . These rooms all make a patriotic statement, yet can definitely also fit into your everyday repertoire. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

How do you red, white and blue?

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Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 45″ (other sizes available), $380  |  2. Lake Murray Bench, customizable length, 36″H, from $675, Lake House Furniture Collection  |  3. Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug6′ x 9′, (other size & color options), $363, Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  4. Kerr Coffee Table, shown in custom color (40 standard color options), customizable sizes, from $750, Lake House Furniture Collection   |  5. &  6. Avon Upholstered Accent Chair, 35″W x 35″D x 31″H, several fabric options, $1,285 each

Sky and sun, bluebells and buttercups, faded jeans and wheat fields. . . From azure to aqua and mustard to maize, blue and yellow is just one of the happiest combinations around.  These two colors, one cool and one warm, do their best to show one another off.  A master at pulling everything together above, the Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug meshes golden yellow with indigo and cornflower as well as a hint of chocolate and ivory.

For this casual cottage look, add a pair of the compactly curvaceous Avon Upholstered Accent Chairs with this woven multi-color rug. We also love the idea of mixing in a cheery yellow Lake Murray Bench, suitable for your porch, kitchen, living room or anywhere you need extra seating. We’ve also selected a neutral Kerr Coffee Table with similar curves as the bench, both from our popular Lake House Furniture Collection. Lastly, the Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee picks up tones from the rug and casts a serenity over the ensemble.

What is your favorite duo of colors?

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Get the Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom

Get The Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom #ironsbeds #rusticcottage #cottagebedroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom #ironsbeds #rusticcottage #cottagebedroom https://cottagehomefurniture.com/

Inspiration Image: Better Homes & Gardens

1. Fiona Small Chandelier, 27″D x 33″H,  $1,400  |  2. Eva Iron Bed, Vintage Iron Bed Collection, shown in Vintage Beige, starting at $1,845, 35 standard finishes, available in all standard sizes  |  3. Barn Wood Plank Top Bench, 18-19″H, custom widths and lengths, starting at $495, available in 6 stain finishes and 42 standard paint colors

Home is where the heart is… or at least where the comfy bed is. The relaxed elegance of this rustic cottage bedroom, created by mingling the elegant with the familiar, could fuel a hearty homesickness in any traveler. Who wouldn’t want to hurry back to this tranquil chateau-inspired bedroom with its sturdy yet lacy iron bed and profusion of pillows and soft flounces?

Basing our Get the Look on a Better Homes and Gardens page for English country style, we have highlighted here a few Cottage Home pieces that will nicely match the overall feel. Aged to perfection, the Eva Iron Bed is only one of a large collection of our Vintage Iron Beds. The bed is available in 35 various standard finishes, some distressed, with classic castings. The slender chandelier with some crystal bling is the Fiona Small Chandelier. This piece is in wrought iron and makes a demure yet dazzling impression. The rustic Barn Wood Plank Top Bench in reclaimed barn wood is a perfect touch for this cottage bedroom and can be customized in length as well as varying widths. Stained or painted, this bench will become an heirloom.

Do you miss your bed the most when away from home?

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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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