Cottage Accessories

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Create the cottage look in your home by using pretty pastels and some of these traditional cottage accessories.

Flowers

One sure sign of a cottage room is a handful of fresh flowers arranged loosely in a white ceramic pitcher.

Baskets

Bring in white painted baskets that contribute texture to a cottage room. Plus, they make handy containers for everything from extra towels to DVDs.

Tray Chic

Floral trays look like vintage art pieces when propped up in a plate stand or hung on the wall.

Soft Color

Fill a cottage room with pastel colors for the walls, furnishings, and accessories.

Small Scale

Think of a cottage and you may picture a little bungalow by the seashore with small, charming rooms. Small-scale furniture takes up less space and fits better into cottage-sized dwellings.

That's Distressing

Vintage furnishings often come with weathered and worn painted finishes. Preserve the look by thinking twice before repainting or refinishing. This old chair is full of interesting detail.

Florals

Consider floral prints and fabrics for a cottage room. This motif is the perfect way to give any space garden cottage style.

Hang Up Your Hat

Display your vintage collections on racks or shelves. Here, a trio of old straw hats brings a vintage feel to this corner location by a back door.

Beadboard

Beadboard is a classic cottage touch. Though this kitchen is new, the beadboard backsplash gives it texture and charm, making it seem more like a vintage room.

Think Authentic

Go for what is authentic rather than what is a reproduction. A collection of vintage oil paintings adds more character to a room than a handful of newly framed photos or prints.

White

Balance pastels and florals with liberal splashes of white. The color scheme in this bedroom is crisped up by a matelasse bedspread, pillows, and lampshades in white.

Crystal

Small doses of sparkling crystal give a cottage room a bit of vintage glamour.

Sheer Window Treatments

Cottage window treatments should look sheer and fresh. These lace panels swag back to reveal a garden view and billow in the breeze.

Reuse

When shopping flea markets or other vintage outlets, eye objects for a new purpose. A flower pot can be used as a pencil cup, a flower arranging frog as a pen holder, and a muffin tin as a divider for office supplies.

Nothing's Perfect

Old items, like these tarnished sugar and creamer, have at least nine lives, imparting more and more vintage style with each incarnation.

Garden Furniture

Garden benches, latticework, and accessories fit well into cottage rooms. Paint everything white to unite mismatched pieces, and soften the edges with pillows and flowers.

Wallpaper

Cottage is one of the few styles that are perfectly at home with wallpaper. Florals, ticking stripes, and tiny geometrics are just a few good possibilities.

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