If you yearn to live in a pretty country cottage, here are some ideas to fast track you to your dream home, creating that country cottage vibe.
Choice of fabric?
Your choice of fabric can completely transform any space, especially when it comes to the addition of curtains and cushions. Firstly, fabrics such as cottons, linens, wool and silks are your base for creating the key style. Look out for heavily embroidered fabrics and botanical prints bringing colour, warmth and depth into a room.
Florals never date and are a timeless, ever-popular option, in addition to bold stripes. Be brave and mix floral and stripe to nail the look.
What length of curtains recreates a country vibe?
Whether a small cottage window or a large manor house style window, opt for full-length curtains. Full-length curtains will create a luxurious look and accentuate ceiling height and maximise light, whilst keeping out any draught. Consider a Roman blind in addition to curtains to provide a layered and luxurious effect.
Which curtain poles?
Handcrafted finials and solid wood poles stained in natural tones work best with linen and cotton fabrics. Alternatively, handcrafted forged metal fittings made in the traditional way emulate a rustic country vibe; opt for rustic shaped finials such as a spear or shepherds crook in wrought iron.
To emulate a country cottage style, use subtle shades of green; it brings nature indoors and adds warmth with an air of relaxation to any room. I just love the tone of cupboard green by Little Green Paint Company.
Dusky pinks never age and are a great option to add as a splash of colour through a floral print or as additions such as cushions, table runners or seat pads.
Add a powder blue to a south facing room to balance the brightness with a cool calming tone and lastly, a pastel yellow will complete the look adding a summary cottage vibe.
What accessories best create a country cottage vibe?
Accessorize until your heart is content! The best thing about recreating a country cottage vibe is that minimalism goes out the window!
I love layering a room, it instantly creates a cosy homely feeling. Add cushions in different sizes, textures, prints and colours. Invest in one large footstool or even a couple of smaller ones, often an old traditional one can be reupholstered in a matching or contrasting fabric and can double up as a coffee table if you place a large wooden tray on top. If your space suits a window seat, have one built in and layered with cushions to create a cosy reading corner. Throws on a hall bench or draped over an armchair again make use of the addition of different fabrics and colours.
If you are looking for furniture to compliment your country cottage style, I can highly recommend The Rocking Chair for some beautiful Country painted ranges. If you are mixing the old and new look they also restore old furniture to a very high standard.
The key to creating that quintessential country cottage vibe is to mix and match textures, prints, and colour tones. Lastly, add a coordinated fabric bag of scented lavender to your room for an instant country vibe experience!
Need help creating a country cottage vibe in your space? Call me for a chat and we can begin transforming your rooms into ones that exude comfort.
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