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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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Color Board: Touch of Tartan

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys http://thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Grey Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available |  2. Highland Charcoal fabric, available in Summer House Upholstered Furniture Collection  |  3.  Gold Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available | Middle Row: Scarlet Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Beige Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Black Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available 4. Gold Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  5. Grey Tattersall Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  6. Charcoal Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available

Plaids intrigue with their ability to bring so many colors together in an orderly and reassuring manner. Hooked on these vinyl floor cloths that appear to be grand old wool rugs, we have seized on an opportunity to mix patterns with plaids in a tight knit color scheme: gold, grey, red and ivory. These combinations conjure up the warm and solid sentiment of a rich relation’s old library, where bold traditional rugs emanate elegance alongside casual throws and priceless hangings bearing family tartans.

These vinyl floor coverings are magnificently versatile, easy to clean and grip whatever surface you choose to grace with them. Available in custom sizes and in other colors. All swatches in our Color Board are of floor cloths save the Highland Charcoal, which is a handsome cotton flannel fabric available on any item from sophisticated sofas to quirky ottomans in our Summer House upholstered furniture collection.

Are you mad for plaid?

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Color Board: Toasty Tones

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys # natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys #natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Range Steel Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  2. Pebble Paint Color, available in various collections  |  3.  Aran Isle Natural Runner, $595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available | 4. Lotus Rug, from $545, various sizes  |  5. Aran Isle Driftwood Runner$595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available  |  6. Tucson Silver Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  7. Jumper Pearl Fabric, Grade E, $75 per yard 

As winter approaches, welcomed hints of muted color at the break of day signal the beginning of precious daylight. All the soft tints of a winter’s dawn – toasted almond, silver and champagne – that streak across the sky and snowscape are brought together in the Lotus Rug (pictured above, at center). This lushly hand-tufted rug is made in India of 100% bamboo viscose. With neutrals ranging from frosty grey to sandy browns, the Lotus Rug subtly exudes a welcoming warmth.

Flanking the Lotus Rug are runners with cable knit detailing in 100% New Zealand wool – the Aran Isle Natural Runner and the Aran Isle Driftwood Runner. Also available in standard sizes, the Aran Isle runners add traditional style and toasty texture to any lodge or cottage living room, kitchen or hallway. Coordinating fabrics from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection include the Tucson Silver Fabric in 100% cotton, Range Steel Fabric in a cotton/linen blend and the herringbone pattern Jumper Pearl Fabric in a synthetic blend. Our Pebble Paint Color, a versatile new addition to our palette, is available in four of our collections: Beach House FurnitureCottage FurnitureCountry Farm Furniture  and Lake House Furniture.

What is your favorite neutral combination?

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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: 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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Color Board: Brick and Mortar

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Saratoga Tan Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2. Mikayla Coral Fabric (F) $85/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Fritz Persimmon Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Kai Apricot Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth  5′10″ x 8′6″ $770 (other sizes available) |  6. Sunset Hemp Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  

Brick and mortar need each other to make something useful and beautiful. One has earthy color ranging from red to burnt orange to coral, while the other is always in an unassuming neutral. Decorating your cottage or beach house in a warm brick hue along with neutrals creates a pleasing tension and plenty of avenues for expression. We have pulled together some members of the brick family above, including scarlet, terracotta and peachy coral.

Perfect for accessorizing, the striped Saratoga Tan Fabric in all cotton offers just a hint of red and khaki against a creamy color. This fabric is machine washable, as are the Fritz Persimmon Fabric in a linen blend, the cotton blend Sunset Hemp Fabric and the all cotton Kai Apricot Fabric. The Mikayla Coral Fabric has a rambling floral pattern to mix and match with stripes and solids (dry clean only). And as far as a floor covering, the Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth has a subtle latticework pattern that will suit your cottage or beach decor. This hardworking floor cloth will give a vintage look to your kitchen, mudroom, covered porch or other high traffic area, and is available in five additional colors.

Is a brick home your style?

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Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study #cottagedecor #cottagestyleoffice #cottagestudy thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study #cottagedecor #cottagestyleoffice #cottagestudy http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Santa Cruz Leather Chair32″W x 40″D x 41″H, As Shown: Madison Melon Grade 9 Leather, Standard Cushions, Java Finish Leg, $3,240  |  2. Santa Cruz Ottoman28″W x 21″D x 17.5″H, As Shown: Cowboy Saddle Grade 7 Leather, Same Welt, Small Pewter Nailhead, Java Finish Leg, $1, 135  |  3. Tea Caddy Table Lamp, 32″H, $420  |  4. White Elegance Canvas, 36″ x 36″, $290  |  5. Southhampton Entertainment Console66″W x 21″D x 30″H, As Shown: Stony Brook Knobs, Black, Extra Rub/Distressing, $2,225  |  6. Boucle Woven Wool Rug, 85% Wool/8% Polyester/5% Nylon/2% Other, As Shown: 5 x 8, $728

Today’s cottage study Inspiration Board was put together with comfort and style in mind. The pieces we chose are ideal for creating a relaxed place to work that still provides a refined style. Who needs a desk when you can kick up your feet and work from your laptop in this amazingly comfortable leather chair and ottoman?!

Whether you need storage for office components, like a printer or fax, or books, the open and closed storage options found in the entertainment console are there for you. We selected a painted black finish on the console for a high contrast to the intense cinnamon color leather on the chair. To bring the colors and style of the space together, we chose a plaid designed woven rug, which is super cozy on the toes, and provides that sophisticated look we wanted.

Click on any of the descriptions above to learn more about each cottage style product!

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Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Retreat

Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Retreat #cottagebedroom #coastalbedroom #airybedroom #coastalstylefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Retreat #cottagebedroom #coastalbedroom #airybedroom #coastalstylefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: My Domaine

This beautiful seaside bedroom is just one room in a stunning Newport Beach residence, click here to see the full house tour. The home features grey-washed floors, crisp white painted walls, and barn wood beams for a touch of rustic elegance. The bedroom combines ocean inspired colors like seagreen, dusty blue, and sand, that embody the feeling of a soft sea breeze. Billowing sheer curtains wrap around the canopy bed for an elegant and dramatic focal point. And think this room is a coastal style retreat?  You need to see the amazing bathroom featuring a clawfoot tub and huge glassed-in shower!

What is your favorite ocean inspired element in this beautiful bedroom?

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Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room

Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #coastalcolors #cottagecolors #beachhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #coastalcolors #cottagecolors #beachhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Provident Home Design

The color palette was the first aspect of this coastal style living room to really grab our attention! The space is home to a beautiful collection of soft coastal colors including tan, white, gray and a light minty blue. To offset the quiet color palette, the room has rich mahogany hardwood floors. Choosing a dark tone for the flooring helps to keep the space from feeling too light or bright and brings a nice cozy feeling to the room.

What is your favorite coastal style accessory in this space?

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Rooms to Love: Charming Cottage Style

Rooms to Love: Charming Cottage Bedroom #cottagedecor #cottagebedroom #coastaldecor #coastalbedroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Charming Cottage Style #cottagedecor #cottagebedroom #coastaldecor #coastalbedroom thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: HomeTalk

A medley of white, gray and beige makes this cottage style bedroom a soft and subtle sanctuary with a little seaside flair. The adorable coral shaped table lamp, painted side table, wide board walls, and layers of soft quilts are all charming cottage style details that give this space undeniable character. There is also a great mix of geometric prints for the throw pillows on the bed and the side swept window treatments for a modernized feel. 

What is your favorite accessory in this cozy sanctuary?

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