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Cottage Living Room Decorating 

Cottage living room decorating ideas to help you create a casual and comfy space for watching the latest movie, reading the Sunday paper or entertaining your friends. Cottage living room decorating posts include Color Boards, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look, Rooms to Love and Design Tips all focused on cottage style living rooms and family rooms. All of the posts include sorting tags to focus on specific colors or a cottage decorating style. For additional help or to discuss your decorating challenges please feel free to contact our designers.

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: Down Time Drift

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, various sizes, from $405  |  2. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Chair, 30″W, $1,015  |  3. Montserrat Side Table, 30″H, shown in Blueberry, $480  |  4. Westside Stained Rocker, shown in Mahogany, starting at $280 |  5. Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, starting at $46.12 | 6. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Ottoman, 22″W x 23″D, $480

Down time is vital for maintaining a positive attitude and good health, and soothing surroundings can make all the difference in your ability to unwind. Generous and comfortable seating, attractive painted furniture with storage to put clutter out of sight, and appealing color and texture choices can all make your home an easier place in which to relax. Mixing an earthy color such as golden ochre with beachy sea-inspired colors gives an added element of depth to nudge you into a contemplative mood. Woven wicker patterns and chunky rugs may put you in mind of a cozy cottage in which you once spent a pleasant sabbatical.

Above is a sampling of cottage style furniture – wicker, painted and stained – along with a durable braided rug with an updated palette. Two veranda style pieces from our Cottage Wicker Furniture collection are appropriate for either your covered porch or living room, depending upon where you prefer to unwind. They have a definite personality but are still easy to mix with other wicker and wood furniture. The Westside Stained Rocker is a sure way to add relaxation to your routine, and it comes in several stained, painted and antiqued options. The slender turnings of the rocker are echoed in the Montserrat Side Table, a stylishly compact piece from our new Islands Collection. And finally, one of our many wall art offerings – the Azure Sky Canvas Giclee – blends faultlessly with our Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

Which room do you favor for your down time?

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Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 2. Bamboo Club Chair, 30.25″H, $620 | 3. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Aqua, $455 | 4. Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 5. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Blueberry, $455  | 6. Bridgetown Stool, 41″H or 46″H, $450 | 7. Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug, various sizes, from $96

Building a room around a rug is one of our favorite pastimes, and it seems like the seating always falls into place second. Whether your rug pattern is intricate, with several different colors from which to make a match, or involves only unassuming neutrals, there is never just one chair that will work. Options for matching rugs with chairs are as wide open as your sense of adventure. A weathered bar stool with a farmhouse feel may suit a soft grey wool rug just as well as an urban chic white metal stool – the decision lies with your overall style goals.

We constantly add rugs in many engaging colors and patterns to our offerings. Most of our indoor/outdoor rugs have a varied, hand-tufted loop construction which gives them a soft yet durable texture. The bold orange of the Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug pairs perfectly with the Chippendale look Bamboo Club Chair, shown in Mandarin. This classy rattan chair with leather bindings comes in over 40 paint colors. The eye-catching Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug in a tile print is shown with two color choices for the Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, which is also available as a barstool. The Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug also has a bold pattern, but comes in wool with a low profile, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Paired with this chevron pattern rug is the Bridgetown Stool, which comes in two heights and 11 color choices, including one stain and one weathered look finish. All of our featured rugs are also available as runners.

What element do you start with when decorating?

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Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
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Do you feel like keeping all the familiar traditions of the holiday but making a change to keep this special time fresh and exciting?  Well, red and green called and they can’t make it this year.  Explore white, a great choice for holiday decorating, especially if you find yourself somewhere without a snowy forecast.

White, if done right, will warm the heart rather than bring on a chill. The living room above with its rustic light wood walls comes quietly alive amidst the mix of soft neutrals. Using subtle variations of tint as well as a profusion of different textures is the key to making things cozy. Ornaments in ivory, linen and snow white mixed together will create subtle depth and interest. Mix white textiles with abandon: pair beaded and brocade stockings, silky tree skirts, cable knit throws and lacy pillows — you can go for a bit of gold fringe if you want to indulge. Even white paper China balls that have little affiliation with the holidays fall in line with the color scheme and add to the festive mix.

Do you prefer a White Christmas?

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Rooms to Love: Inside Out

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgeporch thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: The Pillow Collection

As colder weather nears, we couldn’t decide whether we were more drawn to the idea of the comforts of indoors outside or the hallmarks of outdoors inside, so we married the two scenarios in our Rooms to Love. Equally appealing to the homebody in us all, the fireplaced farmhouse living room and lodge porch above both offer rusticity as well as small touches of welcome luxury.

Hunker down by the fireplace in this farmhouse living room in an overstuffed armchair resplendent with cushy pillows in a stag motif. What sets this room apart is that despite the stark whitewashed hearth and exposed beams, the space crackles with warmth from the woodsy stash of fire logs, the honeyed antique trunk coffee table and the wreathlike antler design mirror. On the other hand, an outdoor lounging area fit for a tsar betrays none of its wintry temperature as long as the candles glow and the wood benches and chairs are covered in faux rabbit fur. These plush accessories take off the chill and make this lodge style porch one to lounge on in all seasons rather than to only pass through.  Softening the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces can create a feeling of integration and fluidity as well as alter your perspective on coziness.

Where is your favorite place to escape in the Great Outdoors?

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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: Spanish Moss

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa, 101″ W, $1,885 | 2. Twin Lakes Coffee Table, from $750, customizable | 3. Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair, $2,860, available upholstered | 4. Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, $330  | 5. Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth, 5′ x 5′, $390, various sizes | 6. Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug,   5′ x 8′, $389, various sizes

Like the verdant orange groves of the Spanish countryside, the mossy green tiles in this country cottage living room call to mind bountiful harvests and time-honored traditions. French doors with Moorish arches open to a sunny courtyard, while a hooded fireplace with moulding guarantees comfort for grey days. A natural fiber rug and low, movable seats blend with wood and leather for a rustic yet refined comfort. We love how the classic cottageness of this living room is embellished with Mediterranean touches such as scrolling sconces and exotic tiled floors.

Conjure up the effect of ancient and luxurious tiles with our Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth. Durable, non-skid and easy to clean, our vinyl floor cloths offer an alternative to tiled floors. From our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture, the Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa in a neutral color adds length and light to any room, and is available in 400 fabrics.  A classic cottage piece, the Twin Lakes Coffee Table offers a beadboard shelf and is customizable in size and color. A fast favorite, the Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair has clean, curving lines with nailhead embellishment (available in 50 colors). Adding a dash of texture is the Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, which can also be used as a small seat or table, and the jute / cotton blend of the Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug (available in other colors).

Does your home have any Spanish touches?

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Color Board: Taupe & Honey

Color Board: Taupe & Honey #browns #taupe #cottageliving room thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Taupe & Honey, #browns #taupe #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com

  1. Tin Ladder Stripe Rug, 5′ x 8′, $532, various sizes | 2. Sandstone Rug, 5′ x 8′, $680, various sizes | 3. Brentwood Entertainment Console, shown in Taupe and Honey, $2,170, 70.5″ W | 4. Seurat Neutral Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $872, various sizes  | 5. Hickory Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $995, various sizes

Sliding into autumn, the grey-brown bark of a silent oak topped by startling golden and caramel leaves prompts us to explore an infrequent pairing: taupe and honey. Taupe, a greyish brown (or a brownish grey?), exudes a steely sophistication, while honey triggers a primal warmth on sight. The two colors may at first seem like old schoolmates who haven’t talked in a while, but once you bridge the tonal gap with a little ivory or cream the two colors start to really reconnect.

Shown here in both Taupe and Honey, the Brentwood Entertainment Console is also available in 25 other finishes. A distinctive and versatile piece, it will fit right into your cottage living room, dining room, office or even bedroom. Its medallion-embellished doors call to mind an antique tin ceiling, while its faux bamboo frame adds a bit of exoticism. With an adjustable interior shelf, this long and lean storage unit can serve many purposes.  We can’t decide which color we like best, so we’ve pictured them both along with four wool rugs to illustrate the possibilities.

What is your favorite shade of brown?

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Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler #greens #whites #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler
1. Harwich Upholstered Sofa86″W x 35″D x 34″H, starts at $2,365  |  2. Knob Hill Distressed White Floor Lamp, 67″H, $640  |  3. Lowcountry Coffee Table, 40″L x 24″W x 18″H, customizable, starts at $1,295  |  4. Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug, 6′ x 9′, $285 (also available in other colors)  |  5. Green Thumbprint Glass Table Lamp, 30″H, $375  |  6. St. Simons Leather Accent Chair30.5″W x 32″D x 30″H, starts at $2,195  |  7. Barn Wood Cricket Table, starts at $615

Casting a tropical temperament over your cottage living room is easy by introducing some citrus green. Citrus green calls to mind palm fronds, exotic parrots and even lime-infused drinks, serving as a perfect mood booster. When the warmer days start slipping away, the blow can be softened by recreating a summery environment inside. Pairing bright white painted furniture with this leafy green creates a crisp counterpoint and a cottage look. Adding light wood accents such as a lamp table or a coffee table with a stained top can also add a slight touch of warmth to the decor.

Our Inspiration Board shows some cottage pieces in the top half and a slightly more formal seating ensemble on the bottom half. Tying the two looks together is the classic houndstooth patterned Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug. Our featured sofa and armchairs both come from our popular Summer House Furniture Collection, with over 350 available fabric options. Adorably styled, the Harwich Upholstered Sofa is also available in a loveseat, and the sleek St. Simons Leather Chairs (with over 55 leather choices) also come in a swivel option. Our occasional tables can both be finished in several standard paints and stain combinations, and in addition, the Barn Wood Cricket Table is in reclaimed wood and the height is customizable.

What is your favorite summery shade?

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