Uncomplicated, romantic, and relaxed, the cottage-inspired interior design grew out of humble, utilitarian beginnings. Typical features include open shelving, exposed beams (often painted white), worn finishes, and beadboard wall panels. The colors of cottage style are inspired by nature and botanicals, which means plenty of white, green, light orange, and dusty pink. Furnishings can be painted wood, wicker, or overstuffed sofas, and often feature secondhand pieces. Soft, floral patterns may be mixed with stripes, checks, and solids. The style is further accentuated with fresh flowers, baskets, and braided rugs, plus shutters on the windows and wallpaper in any room. For inspiration, look to Cottage Life Magazine or My Home Ideas.
- Some design aesthetics are like kin, highly related, although different. The same can be said of Cottage-style interior design.
- Cottage style is like Cottage Chic and Country style. And yet it deserves its own nomenclature and elements.
- Elements of Cottage-Style Interior include things like painted furniture and lots and lots of texture.
“Early on, cottage style was very utilitarian, given that craftsmen instead of architects were the designers and builders. The walls were often open to the studs with boards in between for shelves. Ceilings were typically open up to the support beams.”