Cottage Bedrooms Done Right
French CottageThe cottage decorating style is easy to love, although not so easy to pin down, because it embraces a great deal of variation. What all the different incarnations of cottage style share in common, however, is an airy, casual, welcoming feel; a palette that leans towards the light side; mismatched, repurposed or distressed furnishings; and a mixture of patterns. In the typical cottage bedroom, you’ll find an emphasis on the bed, with plenty of thick bedding, toss pillows and throw blankets. This French cottage bedroom shows off all the cottage characteristics to perfection. The red, yellow and cream palette ties all the patterns together beautifully, while maintaining the cheerful, easy style that makes cottage so suitable for the bedroom.
Sophisticated Cottage Perhaps you love the cottage ease and friendliness, but you also like a bedroom with a simple, sophisticated style. No problem, you can have both. The black, white and turquoise bedroom shown here isn’t a bit fussy or overdone, yet it has all the cottage staples – a mostly light palette, floral pattern, mismatched furniture and most important of all, an easy, airy and welcoming vibe. The framed letters spelling out “RELAX” provide a little touch of whimsy.
Rustic Cottage Cottage doesn’t have to mean dainty and frilly, although there is almost always at least a touch of flowers somewhere in the décor. This rustic cottage bedroom, with its brown, gold and white color scheme, is reminiscent of a mountain lodge or a woodland cabin, but the botanical prints over the bed, floral-print throw pillows and bed skirt, and thick white bedding provide plenty of cottage comfort.
Coastal CottageMaybe you don’t live near a lake or the beach, but there’s no reason your bedroom can’t pretend that you do. Coastal cottage is one of the most popular incarnations of this versatile style, and one look at the bedroom shown here will show you why. The painted iron bed and mismatched nightstands are typical cottage, while the ocean-motif throw pillows and interesting bits of coral on the nightstand and over the bed bring in the sound of the ocean – even if it’s a thousand miles away.