9 Ways to Add Cottage Style

If you love cottage style, you'll enjoy browsing these photos and tips for creating a cottage look in your own home.

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    1. Bring in Wood Tones

    Add warmth with wood. A mix of wood species, including painted and antique furniture pieces, enriches visual texture.

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    2. Add Florals to the Mix

    Refresh with florals. Fabrics, walls, and window treatments with bold or quiet floral patterns are quintessential cottage fare.

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    3. Shutter a Window

    Install interior shutters. Shutters make great window treatments, but they can also be used to dress up bare interior walls.

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    4. Choose Comforting Colors

    Waterfront cottages often take cues from the blue sea and sky, while woodsy cabins embrace earthy and forest-inspired hues. Country and city cottages tend toward neutrals and pastels.

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    5. Add More White

    Cloak surfaces in white. Clean white molding, trim, beaded board, and cabinetry are hallmarks of this fresh style.

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    6. Blend Old vs. New

    Blend old and new. Secondhand and salvaged objects, such as old windows, doors, and gates, make first-rate accessories. Or use treasured collectibles, such as clocks, quilts, and vases, to impart a homey feel to newly remodeled spaces.

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    7. Display on Open Shelving

    Combine storage and display. Open shelving and corner cabinets are great places to stow and showcase everyday goods and add some cottage style as well.

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    8. Focus on Fixtures

    Vintage-look fixtures such as farmhouse sinks, claw-foot tubs, and faucets with traditional lines reinforce a charming cottage style.

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    9. Go for Outdoor Touches

    Bring the outdoors in. Garden-variety cottage style can be created with floral print wallpaper, pots of plants, fower arrangements, garden elements, or outdoor furniture.

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