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Cottage Style Rooms to Love

Cottage Style Rooms to Love is a great way to consider new cottage decorating ideas. We have selected some of the best cottage style room photos. Our designers analyze them to point our why it is a good design and include some decorating tips on how to achieve the same look in one of your cottage rooms. Rooms to Love is a fun and interesting way to create new cottage decorating ideas. All posts include tags to sort by color, room and cottage decorating style. Questions? Please feel free to contact our designers.

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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Rooms to Love: Rising Tide

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nautical decor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nauticaldecor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom
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As the unofficial end of the summer season draws near, we aren’t quite ready to let go… and this converted attic room is just the remedy. A profusion of blues, aquas and whites along with nautical nostalgia provides a quaint hideaway at the end of a day filled with outdoor activities. Covering the main barnboard wall are paintings of grand ships a-sail, salty old skippers, technical sketches and silhouettes. The shipshape sofa creates an unassuming base for comfort while retro and refined matching tufted seats provide a seating twist. The tables are sturdy and unique, possibly flea market finds, not to mention the numerous kitsch mariner statuettes and knick-knacks. The modern lighting fixtures near the peak of the ceiling bring to mind bubbles escaping the roiling waves.

This cozy arrangement could also work in a covered porch area, preferably one with exposed beams. If your nautical wall art collection has not reached this level, you could easily take up half the wall with painted white beadboard or weathered shiplap. This room shows its wooden floors to full advantage, but the furniture could also be drawn together with an area rug, possibly a hand-me-down Oriental or a sun-bleached natural fiber rug. And of course the color scheme can be changed up on a whim by changing out the sofa slipcover and incorporating other throw pillows.

Where is your favorite hideaway at home?

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Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue, #reds #whites #blues #july4th thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue #reds #whites #blues #july4th http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo Credits: clockwise from top left corner (79 Ideas, Evaru Design, Chinoiserie Chic, SR Gambrel)

This week we pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue, the winsome and revered trio of colors in the United States flag. Just as this nation is a mix of ethnicities and creeds, our picks above represent a spectrum of styles, shades and tastes, from traditional to edgy decor. From bold, billowy patterns to reserved stripes and solids. . . From understated hues to bold primaries. . . . From white with navy and cherry red to variations such as turquoise and persimmon. . . From a nautical bent to an exotic vibe. . . These rooms all make a patriotic statement, yet can definitely also fit into your everyday repertoire. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

How do you red, white and blue?

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Rooms to Love: Wharf Speed

Rooms to Love: Wharf Speed #beachcottage #rusticcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Wharf Speed #beachcottage #rusticcottage http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Coco & Kelley

Amazingly airy and welcoming, this restored oceanfront cottage was once used by Cape Cod fisherman as a storehouse for bait and fishing equipment. Perched upon a wharf with direct views of the Atlantic, this cabin disarmingly blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Weathered floor boards and salty, exposed timbers, along with several points of access to the outside, all give a sense of freedom and connection with the sunshine as well as shelter if bad weather happens to blow in.

A large part of the charm of this space is, of course, its ocean view – not an option for all of us! But other elements that add to the carefree comfort are possible to replicate in your own home. Combine pieces with weighty permanence such as well-worn leather club armchairs with breezy antique rattan and wicker chairs. Natural wood and woven textiles are key, but also add doses of seaside hues like teal, ink and royal. White semi-sheer drapes let in light and create a sense of transcending boundaries. In fact, any little touch that will help you capture the feeling of a permanent vacation is worth incorporating.

Do you have a room that is a lot like the outdoors?

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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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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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Rooms to Love: Lean and Green

Rooms to Love: Lean And Green #convertedporch #beachhousebedroom #coastalstyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Lean And Green, #covertedporch #beachhousebedroom #coastalstyle http://thedistinctivecottage.comphoto: coastalliving.com

Working with a whitewashed canvas is a great way to clear the palate after a diet of wintry darkness. Reinvent your decor for the upcoming spring with splashes of cheery color, like leaf green, against white walls, white floors and even a white bedspread. Remember to experiment: the fresh bedroom cottage look shown above can be created with white plus any color, from aqua to tangerine to goldenrod.

This beachy cottage bedroom was once an enclosed porch, and now looks like a Hemingway-esque retreat. Leaf green textiles, bold wall art, and the large palm frond on the dresser help create a tropical feel. The old weathered bench at the foot of the bed is a twist on the usual hope chest, and invites one to lounge. Painted cottage nightstands, one in green and one in white, add a playful touch. We offer a similar customizable end table (Country Farm Classic End Table) in a variety of colors and stains, as well as apron and leg styles.

Is spring your favorite season?

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