How to Achieve a Cosy Cottage Feel in Your Home
Whether you live in a bungalow, terraced house or flat, it is still possible to introduce that cosy cottage look and feel into your home that you have always dreamed of. It is about making the most of what you already have in your home and combining it with the right furnishings, colour schemes and finishing touches, creating a style that is personal to you and represents everything you love.
The beauty of creating a cosy cottage interior means you can get creative – so forget sticking to one single decorating genre and experiment. Try mixing old with new, simple with elaborate decoration and classic with quirky. Here are a few tips to get you started on building your dream cosy cottage interior in different rooms of your home…
The living room
Your living room should be a comfortable place where you can put your feet up after a long busy day. You might not have a traditional wood burning fire to help create that cosy cottage warmth in your living room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create it in other ways.
You’ll be surprised by how much an artificial fire can still bring the same levels of cosiness to your living room as the traditional kind, giving you and your family a great place to snuggle around especially during the icy winter months.
Block out those chilly drafts, making it snugger with a wool curtain draped across the living room door. Choose a curtain made from contrasting fabrics – for example a neutral fabric with a juxtaposing plaid pattern can help create that country-esque feel in your living room.
Choose relaxed soft furnishings and layer up a chunky chair by dressing it with throws and cushions. Add a textured rug to the centre of the room to help give your room structure. Balance the hardness of wood furniture and stoneware accessories with soft warming qualities of tactile curtains and covers.
If you’d like your living room to have a feature wall, opt for soft patterned wallpaper that compliments your furniture and accessories. Add ambient finishing touches by positioning lamps and candles around the room to add a warm glow to dark corners. Country flowers in a quirky vase will brighten up your living room in an instance as well capture the country style you’re after.
Keep your bedroom fresh and modern with a mixture of compact and nostalgic country-style furniture. Cover the bed with patchwork throws and layer quilts and linens in muted patterns to create a lovely bed display. When it comes to paint, choose colours in creamy, chalky shades.
Purchase storage boxes that fit with your country colour scheme, or as a cheaper option, decorate storage boxes yourself with pretty wallpaper and stack them on top of one another – creating a decorative, yet practical storage space.
The key to designing a country-esque bedroom is the finer details. Add lamps to the corners of the rooms for softer lighting as well as candles for a cosier feel. Accessories with old and new, and make it your own with personal touches such as photos in neutral frames, such as a textured white wood.
You might not have the latest state-of-the-art range cooker but there are lots of different ways to help portray the illusion of a country style kitchen.
If you have any china stacked away, take it out and make sure you display it for everyone to see in a painted cupboard or stained dresser for a homely cottage style. For under the sink storage, instead of a cupboard opt for a cute patterned curtain and slot it on to a pole making it very accessible.
Add shelving to display your home-grown herbs and flowers and if you have a wooden kitchen table, paint it white for a rustic effect.
There are endless things you can do to get a country-style home that you have always wanted. Hopefully some of these tips will help you to get the ball rolling and encourage you to get creative and create home style that is personal to you.
This article was written by Laura Harrison on behalf of Best of Suffolk, a company that offers a gorgeous selection of Suffolk cottages.