I shared here yesterday that I’ve been admiring cottage style decor a lot lately and promised to come back today with the most essential elements in designing like a cottage. But before I start with my latest obsession, how have you all been? Hope you’ve already started planning to welcome spring in your home with warm hearts and sweetest of smiles (it’s just a few weeks away). Oh, what a delight spring is and how it is in-harmony with cottage style because it is casual and simple and happy; decorated with mere love with lots of natural accents around the whole space. So, shall we start with today’s essential elements (my favorites)? Here goes.
Pretty fabrics. Cottage style puts a lot of focus on fabrics. Well, that is true for every style because fabrics bring warmth and style and texture to a space and they too, tell a lot about your taste. So, one has to be careful with the choice of fabrics. But you know, fabrics used in cottage style are the prettiest to look at. It is usually a plain neutral color as the base and then small scale floral patterns or thin strips are used around the space. It gives such a subtle and simple texture. And don’t forget about the slip covers; they are also one of the signature elements in a cottage style.
Warm woods and woven textures. I’ve always loved warm woods in a home. They create a warm and elegant look and woven things like baskets, mats and rugs bring the joys of nature in and create a more informal and calm feel in a room.
Rustic characters. Cottage style is known for mixing new with the rustic. Bringing in a piece that has seen times over the years could add a lot of character to a room. It not only is casual but comforting as well. But, I’ve seen a lot of inspiration in spaces decorated in a cottage style that do not necessarily have a weathered piece. However, it would be good to keep something that you don’t want to let go. It would fit perfectly.
Open shelves (built-ins or not). These are my favorite in this style. Seriously, I am so lazy that I always find it a lot easier to have access to most-used things instantly. Did I just tell a secret? Anyway, that is such a time saver and nevertheless, open shelves are always a perfect spot to display your favorite things that reflect you in anyway.
Plants and flowers. Do bring in live plants and flowers in your home to bring that warm and happy feel of a cottage style. It’s all about letting the nature shine inside your home. It mainly is inspired by nature, remember? Pretty planters in different sizes and styles will make a room more lively. How nature creates a sense of love and life in a room amazes me.
Cottage style basically focuses on casual and more informal accents that have a simple and natural feel to them. Ask any designer, and they will tell you it’s all about bringing the beauty and joy in from the outside.
While you enjoy the pleasantness in there, I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on the colors in cottage style.