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Country Decorating

Use our country decorating ideas to generate the warm and cozy feeling of a beautiful country farm. All of our country style decorating posts are sorted by Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips to help you with ideas for your specific design project. If you have a target color in mind or are decorating a specific country room all of these country decorating articles can be sorted by the tags listed below each article.  We are interested in your feedback.  Please let us know which posts you like the most and subjects you would like us to cover in the future.

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
photo: Country Living

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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Get the Look: Barn Board Bedroom

Get The Look: Barn Board Bedroom #wickerbeds #aquas #cottagebedroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Barn Board Bedroom #wickerbeds #aquas #cottagebedroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
photo: Casual Home Furnishings

1. Shoreline Throw Pillow, customizable, from $55  |  2. Tea Time Distressed White Table Lamp, 29.5″H, $300  |  3. Pemaquid 1 Drawer Nightstand, 30″H, shown in Shrimp, $775  |  4. Cottage Wicker Headboard, 54″H, shown in Pecan, from $715  |  5. Country Farm Harvest Bench, customizable, shown in Duck Egg, from $225

Breezy aqua barn board walls makes this cottage bedroom feel like a special hideaway right in your own home. A barn board backdrop can suit a fully rustic decor, or the slightly more refined habitat above created with framed botanical prints, fun striped pillows and candlestick lamps with fluted shades. We’re sharing some of our favorite Cottage Home pieces that can help you recreate this look and give you ideas to go in other directions.

The main attraction of this room is the Cottage Wicker Headboard, which mixes and matches with many other materials, and comes in twin, queen, full and king sizes. Available in over 400 fabric choices, our Shoreline Throw Pillow comes in both square and rectangular, and is perfect for porch, living room and bedroom accessorizing. Our go-anywhere Country Farm Harvest Bench is fully customizable, and is a handy piece to have in a guest bedroom. A part of our Country Farm Furniture Collection, it is available in 40 standard colors and 6 stains. Whether you’re attracted to beadboard or scalloped edges, these cottage-friendly options come together in the fully customizable Pemaquid 1 Drawer Nightstand. And the nightstand is a perfect place for the Tea Time Distressed White Table Lamp to perch.

Do you mix wicker and wood?

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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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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: Farmhouse Living Room

Farmhouse Living Room #fireplace #whitelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms To Love: Farmhouse Living Room #whitelivingroom #farmhouse #rustic #decoratingwithwhite http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Southern Living

We love this farmhouse living room with its cozy fireplace seating area, use of natural elements and unassuming charm.  With couch and armchairs placed to appreciate the fireplace rather than in a more traditional configuration, an intimate grouping takes root.  Although turned out mainly in crisp whites, this room is grounded by the warm, honeyed tones of the wood flooring and woven fiber rug.  A console table behind the couch unifies the room’s warm tones and whites in its semi-distressed state.  Rustic pine cones and a horseshoe crab shell work alongside the bright blossoms and leafy green plants to add pinpoints of interest.  All these treasured objects, including the juxtaposition of art upon the mantel, are placed in a non-structured yet welcoming way.

Do you enjoy fireside chats?

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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
Image: Houzz

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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Color Board: Cottage Colors

Color Board: Cottage Colors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #farmhousecolors #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Cottage Colors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #farmhousecolors #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Hayden Hand Tufted Rug, 5 x 8, $995, other sizes available  |  2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Denman Clay, $55 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Basket Straw, $65 per yard  |  4. Lake Spectrum Hooked Rug, 6 x 9, $930, other sizes available  |  5. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Tricotte Scuba, $65 per yard

As the hot summer months cool down for a crisp September here in Maine, we start to crave the warmer tones of fall foliage.  In today’s cottage style color board, we chose warmer autumn colors, like pumpkin and marigold, but since we aren’t quite ready to let summer go, we used a couple of amazing ocean blues too.

You can find all of these spectacular colors in the Hayden Hand Tufted rug, which is made of 100% wool, and perfect for large gathering areas, like the living room or family room.  The design of the rug is a mix of traditional and transitional, and will fit many different cottage style homes.  We chose fabrics to complement the focal point rug, and they can be used in any combination for a sofa, loveseat, accent chair(s) and throw pillows.  Do you love the colors, but want to choose a more subtle rug?  Check out the Lake Spectrum Hooked Rug that brings a burst of color to the space in a simple print.

Which rug would you prefer for your family room?

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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
Image: A Thoughtful Place Blog

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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Rooms to Love: Lake House Cottage

Rooms to Love: Lake House Living Room #lakehousedecor #lakehousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Lake House Cottage #lakehousedecor #lakehousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Country Living

We love this lake house cottage for it’s cozy, family-friendly ambiance! The L-shaped sectional is big enough for the whole family to enjoy movies, game night, or to warm up by the fire on a chilly night. It’s also made of indoor/outdoor materials, so it’s tough enough to stand up against wet bathing suits and spills, which is inevitable in this NH lake side cottage.

The built-in cubbies are essential for this small, 500 square foot cottage, and is a great way to tuck away items like blankets and baskets, but still keep them easily accessible for daily use. The homeowners did such a fantastic job creating decorative vignettes that gives this cottage a very unique style. Click here to see the before and after pictures of this trans-formative renovation.

Do you prefer open shelving, like the cubbies, for storage, or more closet space to hide things away?

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