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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: 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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Our Favorite Coastal Kitchens

Our Favorite Coastal Kitchens #coastalkitchens #coastalstyle #cottagestyle #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

These coastal kitchens are amazing!  They each have their own distinct style, but all share the same aqua and white color palette, phenomenal tiled back-splashes, and beautiful pendant lighting.  It’s a coastal style kitchen recipe that we cannot get enough of.

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Centsational Girl

Coastal Style Kitchens #coastalkitchens #coastalstyle #cottagestyle #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: House of Turquoise

Coastal Cottage Kitchens #coastalkitchens #coastalstyle #cottagestyle #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Bloglovin

Aqua Teal Backsplash #coastalkitchens #coastalstyle #cottagestyle #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Houzz

Beach House Kitchen #coastalkitchens #coastalstyle #cottagestyle #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Centsational Girl

Which dreamy coastal kitchen is your favorite?

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Design Tip: 5 Ways to Keep It Cozy

Design Tip: Keeping It Cozy

When the snow is falling, the wind is whipping, and the snow plows are out, there is only one place to stay warm – inside!  Making your home cozy is essential in the long, cold winter months here in Maine. Here are our top 5 cottage style decorating essentials to keeping it warm:

 1. Bedding

  • Pillows, comforters, electric blankets!  Pile it on so that when you slip into bed, it is instant heaven.  Check out Parachute, a company that sells amazing bed sets and gives back for every dollar you spend.
  • For more tips on how to keep your bedroom warm, check out our previous post “Layering your Linens.”

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Image: Parachute

2. Lined Curtain Panels

  • Windows, especially in old New England homes, can be drafty. Use long, lined curtain panels to dress up the windows and help to keep the cold out!

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Image: Southern Living

3. Area Rugs

  • Laying area rugs in hallways, bedrooms, and the living room can help to keep the toes toasty.  In warmer months, bare wood or tile floors can be soothing, but not in the dead of winter!

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4. Ambient Lighting

  • Light bulbs come in a variety of colors that range from white/blue to white/yellow, and each range sets it’s own mood. In winter months, when we are craving the warmth of the sun, switch out your bulbs to a yellow tint for a warmer effect.  Energy Star recommends looking for lights that range from 2700K – 3000K for the desired effect.

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Cool White versus Warm White Light Bulbs

5. Cable Knit Blankets

  • You can’t have enough blankets, and we absolutely love the look and feel of big cable knit blankets.  Throw them on the sofa to provide color, texture, and warmth to your home.

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How do you stay cozy when it’s frigid outside?

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Design Tip: Sizing and Hanging Chandeliers

Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Chandeliers are an important design element in the home that bring both fashion and function to a space.  Lighting defines and accentuates the ambiance you want to create in your home by creating either a soft and relaxing space, or a bright and productive space.  Just like colors, the lighting you choose for a space can drastically affect the way you feel, see, and perform tasks in a room. 

Once you decide where you would like to hang a chandelier, you will need to determine the size you need, how to hang it, and what style will fit your decor. Here are a few hints to help you choose the perfect chandelier:

Size

  • If you are hanging a chandelier in the center of a room, like the entryway or foyer, the best way to determine size is to add the length of the room and the width together, change that number into inches, and that gives you the maximum diameter for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your space is 10′ long by 16′ wide, add those together for 26′, and change that to inches – that gives you a maximum diameter chandelier of 26″.

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  • To determine the best size chandelier to place above your dining table, take the width of your table and subtract 12″ – that gives you the maximum width for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your table is 72″ long x 40″ wide, subtracting 12″ from 40″ gives you a maximum width of 28″ for your chandelier.

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Image: Home Bunch

Hanging

  • If the chandelier is suspended in the center of a room, like the foyer or living room, than you want the base of your chandelier to be no less than 7 feet from the floor.  This allows ample height for walking without interfering with head room.

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Image: Adore Your Place

  • If the chandelier is suspended over a dining table or kitchen island, than you want to allow 30″ – 36″ from the surface of the table to the base of the chandelier.  This allows ample room to see across the table without your line of vision being interrupted by the lighting fixture.

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 Styles

Here is a break down of our favorite show stopping chandeliers!

Coastal

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Nautical Rope Chandelier 29″H x 33″ Round $1,740
White Coral Chandelier 27″H x 29″W $1,150
Portofino Orb Chandelier 33″H x 28″W $2,620

Cottage

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Catalina Medium Chandelier 48″Rnd x 44″H $3,240
Bruges Chandelier 30″Rnd x 36″H $3,240
Antoinette Large Pendant Chandelier 20″ Rnd x 30″H $1,810

Farmhouse and Country

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Celestial Chandelier 32″Rnd x 26″H $1,120
Farmhouse Chandelier 30″Rnd x 40″H $2,120
Diana Chandelier 24″Rnd x 25″H $1,240

Lodge and Lake House

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Silver Antler Chandelier 28″Rnd x 27″H $1,810
Ava Chandelier 25″Rnd x 41″H $1,240
Large Forest Chandelier 26″Rnd x 25″H $1,190

 What chandelier would look amazing in your home?

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Design Guide: Bed Frame Sizes

Design Guide: Bed Frames #designguides #cottagefurniture #beds #bedroomfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Design Guide: Bed Frame Sizes #designguides #cottagefurniture #beds #bedroomfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Widths and lengths for common mattresses and support systems are highly standardized within the United States and Canada.  However, mattress heights are not standard and will vary by style, manufacturer, and design.  Mattresses in Europe and Asia also have different standard sizes.  Bed frames for mattresses and support systems consist of a headboard, footboard, two side rails and a slat package.  Center supports are included in full, queen, and king slat systems.  Bed frame sizes are designed to support standard mattress sizes.  Final bed size depends on the specific bed’s design.

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Painted Ceilings For Every Room

Poor ceilings.  It seems they have been neglected for so long – banished to the boring corridors of plain white.  Well, no longer!  Painting a ceiling is a great way to add color and visual interest to any room.  Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you: 

A Yellow Entryway

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Image: Liz Marie Blog

Aqua in the Kitchen

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Image: Adore Your Place

Soaring Green in the Living Room

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Image: Restyling Home By Kelly

Dining in Deep Blue

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Dark Blue Ceiling Dining Room #paintedceilings #diningrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #blue http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: House of Turquoise

A Study in Neutrals

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Tan Ceiling Office #paintedceilings #offices #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #neutrals http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Decor Pad

A Bright Coral Bedroom

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Image: 6th Street Design School

 What are your painted ceilings ideas?

 

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Fall Dining Decor

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From simple table accents to elaborate fall tablescapes, your dining table is a great place to showcase your personal style. Here are our favorite awe inspiring table designs for this fall. Which tablescape style are you?

A Little Flashy:

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Au Naturale:

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The Outdoorsy Type:

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Hopeless Romantic:

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Vintage Chic:

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Images (from the top):
BHG | Ruffled | The Z Hush | Country Living | HomedIt | The Sweetest Occasion | The Perfect Palette | Tid Bits and TwineThe Decorista | Style Me Pretty

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Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways

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Painted stairs are such a fun way to add color and personality to your home in an unexpected way – whether you are looking to jazz up your entryway or distinguish a back staircase.  We’ve collected six different ways to add a decorative touch to your stairs in one of our favorite colors:  blue!

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Navy Blue Stair Runner

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Stair Risers in Shades of Blue

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Blue Ombre Stair Risers

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Blue Stripes Stair Runner

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Navy Blue Steps & Railing

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Cool Blue Staircase

Images (from top):  Apartment Therapy, This Old House, Brit & Co, Lushome, Making A House A Home, Paper Blog

 What’s your favorite painted staircase?

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Our 17 Favorite Uses for Nautical Rope

Our 17 Favorite Uses for Nautical Rope #nauticaldecor #nauticalstyle #ropedecor #ropeaccents

Rope is a must have accent when creating a nautical decorating scheme. It provides a true maritime feel and can be used in so many ways. We have gathered our 17 favorite rope accents to help generate coastal decorating ideas for your home, and don’t forget to brush up on your nautical knots before attempting any DIY projects!

Nautical Accents

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Maritime Window Treatments

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Seafaring Stairs

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Furniture Fit For A Sailor

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Photos (from top): The Nashville Belle, Delight By Design, Etsy, Completely Coastal, Nicole Hollis, Oyknot, Traditional Home, Allegories, House Beautiful, Flickr, Lushome, Pursley Dixon Architecture, Purple Area, The Renouned Nest, Pinterest, Remodelista, Examiner

 What is your favorite use for nautical rope?

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