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10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Beautiful, easygoing displays are what classic cottage style is all about. Author: Janis Nicolay

Design Lesson

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Our 10 favourite ways to inject classic cottage style in your own space.

 

Here's to barefoot days and long, easy evenings - carefree summer style at its best! From pastel-painted furniture to delicately stitched bed linens, here are our favourite ways to inject classic cottage style.

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10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Reinvent furniture

Transform time-worn furnishings with a few coats of pastel-hued paint. To add a well-used cottagey patina after painting, lightly rub the edges with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

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10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Layer in some loveliness

Customize an inexpensive mirror by spraying on a lacy pattern. Now, it's a romantic addition to a cottage-style bedroom or bathroom. Find the DIY here.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Ryan Brook

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Decorate the beds

Make beds look inviting by layering linens that have detailed stitching and embroidered edges.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Virginia Macdonald

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Contain your collectibles

Store seashells and other treasures in vintage glass preserving jars. They're right at home on a counter or shelf and even make delightful doorstops.

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10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Stick with pale paints

Use soft colours - such as seafoam green and cotton candy - to make rooms look and feel soothing.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Virginia Macdonald; styled by Ann Marie Favot

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Make an artistic statement & add some sparkle

Choose flea market paintings with weathered frames to provide contrast in a traditional room. A simple floral still life looks like a million bucks over a formal fireplace mantel. Create a sense of occasion with the addition of a stunning chandelier and crystal candle holders. In a grand dining room, there's no such things as too much glitter.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Stacey van Berkel

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Put personal items on display

Hang jewellery and scarves from furniture pulls on doorknobs - classic cottage style celebrates easygoing creativity.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Janis Nicolay

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Embrace flower power

Forget crystal vases and perfectly composed arrangements. Fresh-cut flowers are charmingly informal when placed in a ceramic jug and set atop a stack of books.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Stacey van Berkel

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Clean up your laundry

Craft a cute laundry-sorting system with a store-bought drapery panel and just a few stitches.

Image by: Style at Home By: Style at Home Source: Ryan Brook

 

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