Cozy Comfort: How to Bring Cottage Decor Into Your Home

Americans tend to avoid redecorating their home for long periods of time. This may be because it is intimidating or because it's hard to choose a specific style.

You also have to consider time, budget, and overall comfort levels. Luckily, you have decided you want to add some cottage decor into your home and you're ready to get started! 

How can you add cottage decor into your home without overdoing it?

Keep reading to learn what you need to know about redecorating your home, implementing cottage designs, and getting your home to look just right.

What is Cottage Design?

The cottage style, also called shabby chic, is a casual decorating style. If you think about a cottage itself, you may think of a lakeside home or a home filled with antiques and vintage styles. 

There are certain items that you may want to have if you are looking for a cottage style and its these components that make up the style itself. After all, a cottage is a type of building and not necessarily an adjective! 

Characteristics of This Style

Some of the aspects that you may want to incorporate if you choose this style include:

  • Vintage or handmade items

  • Distressed furnishings and decorations

  • Cushy furnishings

  • Collectible items

  • Mixed patterns

  • Pale and soft color palettes

  • Controlled clutter

An easy way to see for yourself what the cottage style could look like would be to do a search online. There are a lot of photos that can serve as examples to see if this is what you're really looking for.

Adding Cottage Style Decor

Just because you are ready to redecorate does not mean that you have to throw out the things that you already have. It's likely that you can reuse some of the things that you have, such as old cottage furniture, collectible items, or vintage decorations. 

One of the easiest ways to add cottage style to a room is to update the colors and the furnishings.

It's best to go for a soft look in the room, so think of using a lot of white, off-white, and pale colors. These will complement the overall look, as well as make the room look bigger and brighter.

If you have a sander and don't want to replace furniture with new stuff, you could always sand away some of the edges to make it look more rustic and vintage. 

One of the basics in cottage style decorations is controlled clutter, which is basically having a lot of knick-knacks and things of that nature, but making them look contained and orderly. 

If you like antiques, adding these to your room will make it look very vintage! This helps with the overall style and the support of the theme of "cottage."

Tips to Remember

If you're ready to add some of this style to a room and aren't sure what you want to do first, consider what your overall goal is. After you figure that out, use these tips to make it happen! 

1. Always Root for Coziness

A cottage style home should be cozy. You should feel like you're at home and guests in your home should feel the same way.

The natural look, cushy blankets, soft materials, and neutral colors should make you feel relaxed. Another important aspect of coziness is how livable the space is.

It's a good idea to look for things that are made of linen, cotton, or wool. You may want to add in some throw pillows and a nice area rug as well to ensure you are making the most of what you have.

2. Everything Doesn't Have to Match

One of the things that you have to remember with cottage style homes is that they can be pretty eclectic. Opposites can attract! 

You want to have a balance in color and style, but that doesn't mean it has to look the same. For instance, you can pair something contemporary with something vintage. As long as it looks the way you want it to, there are no rules in decorating.

3. Flowers May Tie It Together

If you're the type of person that likes live plants, you don't want to shy away from them when creating a cottage style. 

Most people would expect to see some sort of fresh flowers when entering a cottage home. Based on the rural architecture designs in cottage decor, plants and flowers help to balance this with a natural element.

4. Layer Patterns

It may seem strange to put different patterns together, but this is a big part of this style. Once you get used to doing it, it won't seem quite so strange anymore.

You always want to go with something that will make a room pop, especially if you are using all white or monotone colors in one space. This will allow you to create a focal point with pattern and color. 

5. Get Thrifty

It's generally true that cottage decor in homes is likely to be thrifted, vintage, antique, or distressed. You want to find items that match your overall goal for the room but go along with the theme as well.

It's even better if you are able to find things that are functional and will make your space more livable, but more comfortable at the same time. 

Ready to Add Cottage Decor to Your Home?

When it's time to redecorate, you have a lot of options. The cottage look is a great way to go if you want to have a certain type of atmosphere at home. 

Bringing cottage decor into your home is a great way to create a more cozy and welcoming environment.

For more tips on styling your home, check out our website to learn more!