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Cottage Dining Room Decorating 

Use these cottage dining room decorating ideas to help this high traffic area be both enjoyable and functional.  The dining area is frequently the hub of daily activity in a cottage home.  Our cottage dining room decorating posts include Inspiration Boards, Rooms to Love, Color Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips all focused on helping you create a unique and memorable gathering spot. Every cottage decorating post includes sorting tags if you would like to focus on a specific color or decorating style. If you would like to discuss your ideas or need help consider contacting our cottage style designers.

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen #cottagekitchens #farmhousekitchen #barnboard #subwaytile thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen #cottagekitchen #barnboard #reclaimedwood http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Today’s renewed interest in self-reliance through gardening means that your kitchen probably serves as a daily way station for fresh essential herbs, fruits, and veggies, en route from your modern victory garden to your dining table. Creating meals is more than enjoyable when your kitchen is light, bright, and trimly stocked with everything you need within handy reach. An inspirational kitchen like the one pictured here, which is big on function but small on space, is all the more impressive as it is actually part of a tiny 200 square foot home.

Through just a few simple style decisions – heavy reliance on white surfaces, use of extra windows and placement of open, accessible shelving rather than cabinetry – a seeming abundance of elbow room welcomes the eye. The mixed media walls, done in gleaming white subway tiles as well as both rustic, unfinished and painted white barn board, deftly create a hybrid farmhouse cottage kitchen. And the contrasting vibrant color of the produce and plants in almost every nook make the roomscape anything but a whitewash.

What’s your favorite food to grow at home?

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Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room

Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room #cottagediningroom #pastels #whites #built-ins thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room #cottagediningroom #pastels #whites #built-ins http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Life in an apartment or an urban space can still hold the charm of the country when cottage style elements are given free rein. White painted barnboard walls and unfinished wood floors provide a clean backdrop for this light and bright urban cottage style dining room. Recessed nooks in whitewashed brick outfitted with rustic wooden shelves create an informal area for storing dishes, herbs and pottery. Displaying everyday staples such as crusty bread, terra cotta vessels and bottles of wine as part of the overall decor taps into a comfortingly familiar utilitarian beauty.

Familiar anchors of classic cottage style such as a reclaimed barnwood table and a painted sideboard pair with cafe chairs in untraditional springtime hues to individualize this cheery dining room. Dropped down on a lengthy chain, a pendant light hovers just above the wood dining table to create an cozy space despite the soaring ceiling. A half wall with pass-through shelves creates a continuity with the neighboring room while still preserving an intimate cottage floor plan.

What have you done to cottage-ize your non-cottage living space?

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Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright

Inspiration Board: Making Spritis Bright #cottagediningroom #metal dining chairs #reds #pinks #oranges thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright #cottagediningroom #metaldiningchairs #reds #pinks #oranges http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Metal Bistro Chair in Red, 33″H, $110 | 2. Metal Bistro Chair in Copper, 33″H, $135 | 3. Metal Bistro Chair in Navy, 33″H, $110 | 4. Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rugvarious sizes, from $104 | 5. Metal Bistro Chair in Pink, 33″H, $110 | 6. Eastport Side Table, 23″ H, $725 | 7. Metal Bistro Chair in Orange, 33″H, $110

Around the holidays it’s easy to be overwhelmed by traditional red, green and white: wherever you look there is a red velvet throw pillow, a shiny green tree skirt or a candy cane striped tablecloth. For mental health as well as variety, it can be good to inject the mid-winter scene with alternative colors. We love our Metal Bistro chairs for this purpose – they are lightweight, versatile and can be brought out at a moment’s notice. Paired with twinkling white lights and gold tulle ribbons, these multicolor mavens can make an appearance for one party, or they can be more of a permanent fixture in your cottage decor if you are craving bright color year-round.

The Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rug is a natural choice for tying several colors together. From coppery brown and tangerine to scarlet and carnation pink, this rug takes on almost every color all in an edgy, modern pattern. This rug looks equally at home against a white wooden cottage floor or in a rustic wood and fieldstone lodge living room. All of our pictured Metal Bistro chairs tie in with this rug, but we do offer additional colors, as well as wood seat versions and stools. In powder-coated galvanized steel, the chairs are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use and are stackable to boot. The Eastport Side Table serves as a companion piece to our chairs, drawing upon both a traditional and industrial look. The simply styles table is available with a stained top as well as in over 25 paint colors.

What alternative colors do you miss most during the holidays?

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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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Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining

Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining #cottagedecor #rusticfurniture #inkbluedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining #cottagedecor #rusticfurniture #inkbluedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Riya Red Fabric, $85 per yard  |  2. Summer House Cottage Style Fabrics: Epic Navy, Grade 8, Suggested for the Parsons Side Chair  |  3. Large Ava Chandelier, 35″ Rnd x 55″ H, $1,940  |  4. Benjamin Moore Paint Color Shy Cherry #2007-20  |  5. Elizabeth Upholstered Parson’s Chair22″W x 26″D x 40.5″H, Seat: 17.5″D x 20″H, As Shown: Standard Cushion, Fruitwood Leg Finish, Fabric Grade 8, Upholstered in Epic Navy Fabric, $725  |  6. Twilight Rug, 100% Wool, Available in several sizes, As Shown: 8 x 10, $2,445  |  7. Old Pine Malt Leg Table, Customizable, As Shown: 72″L x 38″W x 30″H, Rectangular, 1″ Thick Reclaimed Wood Top, No Breadboard, Medium Brown Wax Finish, $1,550

Trying to pull together a rustic chic look for your dining room?  Look no further than today’s Inspiration Board!  We pulled together our favorite rustic reclaimed wood furniture pieces, like the old wood table and tear drop chandelier, to set the tone for an all natural style.  To introduce color into the space, we chose a warm cherry red for the wall color and suggest using the amazing tapestry style fabric called Riya Red for curtains.  This fabric is a soft linen blend and would be a perfect complement to the ink blue modern rug!  To tie the space together, and ensure top comfort while dining, we suggest the Elizabeth Parson’s chair upholstered in the dark ink blue fabric called Epic Navy.  

The pieces we chose are not only stylish, but family friendly and practical too.  The table has a waxed finish for easy care, and the Epic Navy fabric we suggest for the chairs is stain resistant.  Bring on the big family dinners in this low maintenance dining room!

Do you like mixing rustic and modern pieces in your home?

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Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room

Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room #lodgedecor #lakehousedecor #lodgedecor #lodgestyle #lakehousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room #lodgedecor #lakehousedecor #lodgedecor #lodgestyle #lakehousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
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We love this lodge style dining room and all of the rustic elements that make it so unique.  Who uses birch tree wallpaper?  A designer who really knows how to make a statement!  Huge exposed natural timbers lining the walls and gambrel roof, and a massive twig chandelier hanging in the center of the room, create large scale focal points.  The ambiance must be truly amazing in the evening with the lights low.  It probably feels like you are dining in the middle of the great outdoors!

How much would you love dining in this one of a kind space?

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Rooms to Love: Understated Cottage Style

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com
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Relaxed, refined and simple are just some of the ways to describe this understated cottage style great room. The space flows easily from casual dining area to the relaxed living room, all while maintaining an inviting and open ambiance. The use of similar textures, colors, and furniture styles, makes this a seamless and cohesively designed space. Among the simple and understated color palette of creams and grays are a few special pieces that jump out including the large, antler chandelier and the botanical prints that adorn the wide board walls.

Do you gravitate towards a neutral palette or a colorful kaleidoscope in your home?

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Rooms to Love: Vintage Cottage Kitchen

Rooms to Love: Vintage Inspired Cottage Kitchen #cottagekitchen #mintgreen #cottagedecor #farmhousekitchen thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vintage Cottage Kitchen #cottagekitchen #mintgreen #cottagedecor #farmhousekitchen thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Indulgy

We LOVE this adorable vintage cottage kitchen! The layering of white, white and more white, combined with architectural details, like the tall ceilings and over-sized windows, makes this an unbelievably bright and sunshiny space. Using hints of green accents and vintage garden chairs adds an outdoorsy feeling to this quaint eat-in kitchen. 

What is your favorite design detail in this space?

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Color Board: Vibrant Cottage Colors

Color Board: Vibrant Cottage Colors #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #cottagecolors #cottagefabrics #cottagerugs thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Vibrant Cottage Colors #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #cottagecolors #cottagefabrics #cottagerugs thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Cottage Furniture Collection: Sunshine Paint Color  |  2. Carolina Furniture Collection: Beach Rose Paint Color  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics:Ladbroke Punch, Grade E, $75 per yard  |  4. Cottage Furniture Collection: Mandarin Paint Color  |  5. Carolina Furniture Collection: Gullah Blue Paint Color  |  6.  Coco Red Indoor/Outdoor100% polypropylene, 4 x 6, $171

Today’s cottage style color board is a kaleidoscope of colors that come together to make a bold statement. Mandarin, sunshine yellow, beach rose pink and gullah blue are all vibrant cottage colors in this amazing indoor/outdoor rag rug, Coco Red, that we used as our foundation piece in this color scheme. The rug is a perfect casual style rug for a living room that sees a lot of traffic, because of it’s durability and beautiful color palette.  The ornate paisley print would be a phenomenal fabric choice for drapery to continue the bold color palette throughout the space.  Want to add more color? Choose any of the four paint colors for finishing occasional tables or a large accent furniture piece.

What is your favorite color found in our kaleidoscope color board?

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Rooms to Love: Beach House Decor

Rooms to Love: Beach House Glamour #beachhousedecor #beachhouse #coastaldecor #coastalstyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Beach House Decor | Rooms To Love #coastalstyle #beachhouse #beachhousedecor #coastalfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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We fell in love with this glamorous beach house, not only for the unbelievable ocean views, but for the fun and creative design spread throughout the home. Located on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, the home has a distinct beach house style filled with bold color, statement lighting and a vast amount of texture and pattern. You NEED to see the entire house tour here

The designer, Jenny Wolf, focused on bringing in beach house decor wherever possible, and combined those details with modern elements for a fresh look.

After looking at the full house tour, what room is your favorite?

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