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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.

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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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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Rooms to Love: Something Blue

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Photo: Mix and Chic

As another season of weddings steals upon us, it’s comforting to have a place to curl up and browse bridal magazines – or to simply escape from the stress. Either way, this cottage living room has all the necessary elements for success, as in the traditional bridal saying: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Just like a carefully selected bridal trousseau, this sitting area is made up of weathered pieces and hand-me-down heirlooms standing alongside modern textiles.

Achieving a relaxed charm is as easy as mixing slightly different favorites, like a slipcovered sofa with a slightly more formal exposed leg chair. The pairing of a round and square table is nicely echoed in the large round clock and the rectangular shutter wall art. Crisp whites and neutral naturals play with bright accent colors like citrus green and turquoise hues. The antique open front hutch – a real rustic show-stopper – gets a new lease on life with an aqua painted interior. Blending old and new, whether salvaged or newly-found, creates a unique, stay-awhile feel.

Are you a collector of old and new?

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Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea  #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/
1. Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 30″ (other sizes available), $245,  |  2. Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp$310, 31″H  |  3. Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk36″L x 20″W x 33.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $925  |  4. Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair, 25″W x 26″D x 32.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $535  |  5. Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug5′ x 8′ (other sizes available), $936  |  6. Myrtle Leather Ottoman, 20″W x 20″D x 14″H (larger size available), shown in Echo Turquoise (several color options), $835

Wicker furniture and natural fiber rugs are the key to a summery feel, whether placed in your office, den or porch. The honeyed tones of rattan and bleached sand of jute can instantly create an uplifting tropical environment within your home. And besides simply being pretty, added accessories in green and blue sea hues balance the basic earthy palette with an aquatic coolness.

Available in many sizes, the Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug has a tribal vibe in chocolate brown and contrasting lighter jute. We built this fun room around this natural rug, introducing rattan pieces such as the oversized Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair and the compact Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk. This versatile wicker furniture can be used in many different rooms, and for several uses (we thought the desk looked equally well as a table for the Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp). Splashes of aqua found in the Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee and the deep turquoise of the fetching Myrtle Leather Ottoman complete the earth and sea look.

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Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker

Inspiration Board: Wicker License #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Countryside Pendant, 24″H, $710,  |  2. Wormwood Mirror, $54, Red or Light  |  3. Outer Banks Wicker Chair, 31″W x 30.5″D x 40″H, shown in Colonial Red (25 color options) , cushion optional, $670  |  4. Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp, 28″H, $235  |  5. Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table, 29.5″L x 25.5″W x 29.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $530  |  6. Northport Chair, 30″W x 29″D x 35″H, shown in Black with stained cane (26 color options), $1,905  |  7. Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug,   5′ x 8′, $518

Wicker furniture and accessories bridge the gap between rustic and polished, winter and summer, earthy and formal. Wicker can be painted any color or left in its natural state. It is a year-round favorite that you can mix and match with many other styles, including woodsy lodge decor, cottage painted furniture and pieces with natural fiber details. Wicker is not just for the porch anymore.

The Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug in taupe, tan, cinnamon, rust red and apricot is in a sturdy blend of wool, jute and cotton. Tying together the many pieces pictured above, including the Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table and the Outer Banks Wicker Chair, the rug is available in several sizes. Even the refined Northport Chair in painted alder wood works with the wicker pieces due to its stained cane side panels. The stylish rattan Countryside Pendant light, the Wormwood Mirror and the Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp add extra options for you to complete your look, in whichever direction you want to take it.

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Rooms to Love: Library Blues

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/photo: travel for design

The winter is fading, but there’s still enough left to merit finding a cozy space. Grab a book and a cup of tea and sink into the calm solitude of this deep blue library. This reading nook boasts floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted in a cadet blue, a fresh change from more commonly seen shades of navy and china blue. Renowned for its calming properties, blue perfectly suits bedrooms, porches and just about anywhere you want to relax. This library’s particular hue of blue lends a sense of reassuring solidity, not stuffiness.

This small area plays with cool tones and warm: plush apricot pillows and a rusty red occasional table lend a dusting of warmth to the palette. Also, the traditionally tailored sofa juxtaposed with an animal print partner and a rattan coffee table creates a slightly playful and informal area. This room is not taking itself over seriously, and the antique lion figure surveying the scene approves.

What’s your favorite book: a classic or a new work? 

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Color Board: Aqua Vie

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

1. Ferngully Indigo Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   2. Basket Parrot Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture     3. Junoon Cumin Fabric (G) $95/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   4. Constant Aquatic Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   5. Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug  5′ x 8′ $846  |  6. Allure Ink Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  7. Avocado over Barn Paint Rubbed & Glazed, Reclaimed Barn Wood Furniture  |  8. Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug 6′ x 9′ $223

The lull between the holidays and the first signs of spring can set the mind wandering to warmer climes and bright colors. In lieu of an island getaway, create an atmosphere of deep ocean waters and beachside margaritas with aqua, indigo and citrus green touches. Adding an occasional table in Avocado over Barn Paint or an area rug like the bold Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug will instantly change your wintry frame of mind.

Ramp up the color with tropically bright fabrics, paint and rugs, or choose to combine brights with neutrals, as in our versatile 100% cotton Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug.  Our featured Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture fabric, Ferngully Indigo Fabric, offers a beautiful natural pattern in a carefree and breezy linen/cotton blend.

Which island do you dream of visiting?

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Rooms to Love: The Well Red Cottage

Rooms to Love: Well Red Cottage #cottagelivingroom #brickhearth #redaccents http://thedistinctivecottage.com/


Adding touches of red to a cottage living room can be an inspired decorating move, but can also daunt those who think that the color necessarily invokes boldness. Soft reds are a compromise for those wanting to inject some warmth but who are also afraid of creating an overpowering palette. And Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to experiment with red with the possibility of it becoming a staple in your decor year-round.

Red accessories can ramp up your color scheme as much or as little as you desire without any permanent commitment. In the cottage room above, pillows and a lampshade in persimmon both draw out the natural color in the brick hearth and floor and add interest to the neutral taupe couch. Even the spines of old brick red volumes stand out nicely against the black backdrop of a floor-to-ceiling built-in, and can be changed out to another color or object without much energy. Adding red is a great way to easily change up your decor and express your current mood.

Do you prefer bright lipstick red or soft berry reds?

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Rooms to Love: Style and Color Collide

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.comImage: BHG

When you love pattern and color it can be hard to decide where to play it up and when to tone it down in your cottage home.  Today’s Rooms to Love is a great example of how color and style can live together in a balanced and harmonious way.  

This fabulous living room is home to style blogger Micheal Wurm, Jr. who wanted this space to be colorful, yet not too intense, so as not to distract from the beautiful architecture.  He chose a neutral gray for the walls, which is light enough to blend into the background, and a crisp white to highlight the amazing architectural details in the space, like the built-in bookcases, crown molding, and decorative mantel.  He also chose a light charcoal gray for the sofa and chair, again to build a neutral foundation in the space.  

Now that the stage had been set, he chose textiles and accessories in a myriad of patterns and colors to bring the space to life.  The largest source of color, and the main focal point, is the modern flag print area rug.  Everything else in the space, like the puff ottomans, throw pillows, wire baskets, and small accessories, pick up the hues found in the rug including royal blue, electric yellow, and fire engine red.

What is your favorite color found in this unique and creative space?

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Rooms to Love: Lodge Lookout

Rooms to Love: Lodge Lookout #lodgelivingroom #brickhearth #openconcept http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Lodge Lookout #lodgelivingroom #brickhearth #openconcept http://thedistinctivecottage.com/image: m{Pression

We love this room because it pulls off a grandness of scale while remaining comfortably cozy. Thanks to its earthy tones and horizontal lines, this true open concept living room harbors no cold pockets of space. The floor to ceiling windows provide a majestic view while the low, sleek lines of the furniture and the simple wooden mantel create a communal feeling. The narrow ledge from the level above also creates a subtle boundary without overshadowing the seating area. The soothing neutrals of the muted brick hearth wall seem to melt down into the perfectly matched hues of the chairs, sofas and area rug. A few well-chosen accessories in warm colors add dimension and a thoughtful symmetrical arrangement cements the look. The tailored silhouettes and mix of wood and fabric create a Scandinavian vibe so perfect for lodge living.

Do you prefer soaring ceilings or cozy closeness?

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