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Cottage Office Decorating

Cottage office decorating ideas to help you create a great work space for both both your personal and business study requirements. Cottage office decorating articles include Rooms to Love, Get the Look, Color Boards, Inspiration Boards and Design Tips to stimulate new ideas for creating the perfect cottage style communication and computer center. All of the decorating articles include tags to sort by color or design style. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact our designers.

Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron

Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Cottage Decorating | Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Layout Jade Fabric, $65 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Capparis Fabric, $85 per yard  |  3. Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Yellow, light distressing, light rub  4.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Teal, light rub, light distressing  |  5.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Black, light rub, light distressing  |  6. Lake House Furniture Collection: Rain Jacket, medium rub, medium distressing  |  7. Lake House Furniture Collection: Lake Breeze, medium rub, medium distressing  |  8. Lake House Furniture Collection: Cast Iron, medium rub, medium distressing

This week’s cottage decorating color board boasts cheerful colors and whimsical prints that would be ideal in a cottage or coastal style home.  Mixing yellow, aqua, and cast iron create a dominating palette full of life, personality and spunk.  Depending on how rustic you want the space to feel, we have suggested the same three colors in two different paint finishes.  The top row features our Country Classics collection paints that have a very lightly rubbed finish for a cleaner look.  The bottom row features our Lake House collection paints which boast heavily distressed paint finishes that are worn away to the wood for an aged look.  Or you can mix and match finishes for an eclectic style!

Which set of finishes do you prefer for a cottage or coastal style home?

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Color Board: Playful Personality

Color Board: Playful Personality #cheerfulcolors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Playful Personality #cheerfulcolors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

1.  Wheel Coral Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection, Grade E, $75 per yard  |  2. Lake House Furniture Collection, Aquamarine Paint, Medium Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  3. Country Classics Furniture Collection, Cottage Leaf Paint, Light Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  4. Lake House Furniture Collection, Tangerine Paint, Medium Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  5. Autumn Stripe Cotton Rug, 4 x 6 $112 

Looking for inspiration to help create a happy, playful, and whimsical look?  Check out this week’s color board!  This palette provides a well balanced design of invigorating tangerine, calming blue, and happy spring green that would be ideal for a kitchen make-over.  Being the most popular room in the house, the kitchen should have colors that reflect it’s bustling energy.  Paint your cabinets blue for an eye catching backdrop, use the tangerine as a bold choice for the center island, and the green would pop as bar stools.  Put the stripe rug as a runner in front of the sink, and the whimsical print for curtains, to tie everything together. 

How would you use these colors in your kitchen?

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Design Tip: 5 Ways to Keep It Cozy

Design Tip: Keeping It Cozy

When the snow is falling, the wind is whipping, and the snow plows are out, there is only one place to stay warm – inside!  Making your home cozy is essential in the long, cold winter months here in Maine. Here are our top 5 cottage style decorating essentials to keeping it warm:

 1. Bedding

  • Pillows, comforters, electric blankets!  Pile it on so that when you slip into bed, it is instant heaven.  Check out Parachute, a company that sells amazing bed sets and gives back for every dollar you spend.
  • For more tips on how to keep your bedroom warm, check out our previous post “Layering your Linens.”

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Parachute

2. Lined Curtain Panels

  • Windows, especially in old New England homes, can be drafty. Use long, lined curtain panels to dress up the windows and help to keep the cold out!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Southern Living

3. Area Rugs

  • Laying area rugs in hallways, bedrooms, and the living room can help to keep the toes toasty.  In warmer months, bare wood or tile floors can be soothing, but not in the dead of winter!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Modern Country Style

4. Ambient Lighting

  • Light bulbs come in a variety of colors that range from white/blue to white/yellow, and each range sets it’s own mood. In winter months, when we are craving the warmth of the sun, switch out your bulbs to a yellow tint for a warmer effect.  Energy Star recommends looking for lights that range from 2700K – 3000K for the desired effect.

Cottage Style Decorating | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Cool White versus Warm White Light Bulbs

5. Cable Knit Blankets

  • You can’t have enough blankets, and we absolutely love the look and feel of big cable knit blankets.  Throw them on the sofa to provide color, texture, and warmth to your home.

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Etsy

How do you stay cozy when it’s frigid outside?

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Get the Look: Stylish Study

Get the Look: Stylish Study #bolddecor #officedecor #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #leatherfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Stylish Study #bolddecor #officedecor #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #leatherfurniture  http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
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1. Destin Leather Chair Summer House Leather Collection 27.5″W x 35″D x 34″H customizations: Grade 7 Leather Albiline Chestnut, Pepper Leg, Standard Small Antique Brass Nailheads, $2,745  |  2. Large Aqua Mercury Glass Table Lamp 34″H $620  |  3. Old English pine Tapered Leg End Table customizations: 22″L x 18″W x 26″H, Medium Brown Wax, 1″ Thick Top, Added Drawer, Added Shelf, $950  |  4. Hartcove Buffet and Hutch 82″W x 18″D x 85″H customizations: Painted Turquoise with Painted White Interior, $4,555  |  5. Natural Jute Woven Rug 5 x 8, $379  |  6. Pursuit Aqua Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection 100% Acrylic, $65 per yard  | 7. Cadogan Oasis Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection Flax/Viscose, $75 per yard

This stylish study area proves that leather furniture doesn’t only belong in formal seating areas. Leather furniture options have come a long way and are now offered in a variety of colors and forms to complement any design style. Here we see two leather chairs with clean, modern lines paired with a traditional tufted ottoman for a mixed style. We love the wall to wall bookcases that line the room and create a spectacular focal point. Choosing the bold turquoise for the largest piece in the space makes quite the statement in this stylish study!

Do you like the neutral rug in this space or would you prefer something with pattern?

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Color Board: Blue and Tan

Color Board: Blue & Tan #cottagestyle #colorboard #blue #tan #slipcoveredfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Blue and Tan #cottagestyle #colorboard #blue #tan #slipcoveredfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Latika Delta Fabric (G) $95/yd  |  2. Glynn Chambray Fabric (E) $75/yd  |  3. Window Taupe Fabric (E) $75/yd  |  4. Tan/White Nags Head Flat Weave Rug 5′ x 8′ $402.75  |  5. Primrose Gulf Blue Fabric (D) $65/yd  | 6. Ivory over Nautical Paint Finish, Reclaimed Barn Wood Collection  |  7. Honey Stain, Reclaimed Barn Wood Collection

Blue and tan are a classic combination in any room scheme.  In this color board, a tan and white striped rug anchors the look, complemented by the whimsical latika delta fabric, solid chambray blue fabric, a tan and cream window pane fabric, and blue and cream striped fabric.  Wood furniture pieces finished in honey stain and a two color rub of ivory over nautical complete the room.

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Inspiration Board: Coastal Cottage Office

Inspiration Board: Coastal Cottage Office #coastalcottage #Coastalstyle #cottagestyle #officedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Coastal Cottage Office #coastalcottage #Coastalstyle #cottagestyle #officedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Boat Glow Canvas Giclee 32″ x 24″ $270  |  2. Dockside Table Lamp 34″H $490  |  3. Westhampton Rush Arm Chair 34″W x 30″D x 41″H $1,970  |  4. Avalon Indigo Hooked Rug 6 x 9 $1,130  |  5. Southhampton Writing Desk and Hutch 54″W x 25″D x 75″H $2,895

The navy blue, white, and gold colors bring this coastal cottage office space to life!  The office is a place in the home where you want to maximize efficiency, productivity or creativity, and it is important to use color to help you achieve those goals.  We decided on deep navy for the main color in this space to promote order and organization.  Navy blue is a “focus” color that encourages clear thinking and is perfect for the clarity needed when working in the home office. We incorporated the boat print for an element of serenity among all that productivity!

For more information about using color in the home, check out this issue of House Beautiful!

What is your favorite color for the office?

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Color Board: Living Loud

Color Board Living Loud, #colorfullliving #cottagedecor #cottagecolor #colorfuldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Bright Color Palette | Color Board: Living Loud, #colorfullliving #cottagedecor #cottagecolor #colorfuldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Shoreline Collection Fabric Basket Parrot $65 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Collection Fabric Ladbroke Punch $75 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Collection Fabric Sparkle Pool $55 per yard  |  4. Shoreline Collection Fabric Sierra Botanical $65 per yard  |  5. Color Bloom Canvas Giclee Series Set of 4 – 20″ x 20″ $540

Not afraid of a little color?  Than this week’s cottage style color board is perfect for you!  These zesty tones of aqua, spring green, coral, and gold create such a playful and lighthearted effect, it is hard not to be happy just looking at them.  This would be an ideal palette for a kids play area or a busy family room, anywhere that benefits from a dose of invigoration. 

Where do you picture this palette in your home?

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Painted Ceilings For Every Room

Poor ceilings.  It seems they have been neglected for so long – banished to the boring corridors of plain white.  Well, no longer!  Painting a ceiling is a great way to add color and visual interest to any room.  Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you: 

A Yellow Entryway

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Yellow Ceiling Entryway #paintedceilings #entryways #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #yellow http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Liz Marie Blog

Aqua in the Kitchen

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Aqua Ceiling Kitchen #paintedceilings #kitchens #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #aqua http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Adore Your Place

Soaring Green in the Living Room

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Green Ceiling Living Room #paintedceilings #livingrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #green http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Restyling Home By Kelly

Dining in Deep Blue

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Dark Blue Ceiling Dining Room #paintedceilings #diningrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #blue http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: House of Turquoise

A Study in Neutrals

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Tan Ceiling Office #paintedceilings #offices #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #neutrals http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Decor Pad

A Bright Coral Bedroom

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Coral Ceiling Bedroom #paintedceilings #bedrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #coral http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: 6th Street Design School

 What are your painted ceilings ideas?

 

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Color Board: Embracing Autumn

Color Board: Embracing Autumn #cottagedecor #rusticstyle #warmcolors http://thedistinctivecottage.com Hand Knotted Flat Weave Rug Gold-Rust Zen Persimmon Lola Henna Bonanza Saddle Zen Caramel

 

Cottage Fall Decor | Color Board: Embracing Autumn #cottagedecor #rusticstyle #warmcolors http://thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Rust/Gold Soumak 4 x 6 $740.00  |  2. Zander Cherry Summer House Upholstered Fabric  |  3. Lola Henna Summer House Upholstered Fabric  |  4. Longhorn Brown Summer House Leather  |  5. Irvine Herbal Summer House Upholstered Fabric  |  6. Zen Caramel Summer House Upholstered Fabric

This time of year you want your cottage home to be a retreat from the chilly air outside.  We recommend introducing copper, persimmon, and golds into your cottage fall decor to create a strong sense of warmth and comfort.  The featured rug boasts a variety of golds and rusts, and is a great jumping off point for an inviting palette.  We suggest a mixture of soft solids, relaxed linens, and weathered leather for a texturally interesting combination.  Where would you use these colors in your home?

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Flat Weave Rust-Gold Zen Caramel Skip Amber Lola Henna Zen Persimmon

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors

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1. Space Saver

When working with small spaces, as cottages often are, we are always looking for clever cottage decorating ideas to save space.  Decorating with barn doors in lieu of traditional swing doors, not only offers a custom look to your home, but they save a tremendous amount of space!

Decorating with Barn Doors | Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #designtip #barndoors #coastaldecor http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
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Centsational Girl

2. Adds a Splash of Color

Pump up your decor with a vibrant accent color.  Painting the barn doors is a fantastic way to infuse color in a big way!

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Image: Homed It

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3. Hides Clutter

Barn doors are unexpected decorating idea to close off areas, like the pantry or laundry room, while adding a ton of personality to the space.

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Image: The Nest

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Dishfunctional Design

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Image: Tidbits and Wine

4. Adds a WOW Factor

For areas, like hallways, where there aren’t a ton of architectural details, barn doors can give your cottage spaces much needed visual interest.

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My Design Chic

5. You Can Do It Yourself

To top it all off, you can do this cottage decorating idea yourself!  Check out The Hand Made Home for a complete tutorial on how to design and build your own barn doors.

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Image and Tutorial:
The Hand Made Home

What room in your home do you feel would benefit from using barn doors?

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