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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Playful prints liven up this cottage. Author: Angus Fergusson

Design Lesson

10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Vintage cottage style is all about nostalgia, colour and fun, and we show you how to achieve the look in 10 easy ways.

 

Fluff the cushions and pull out the cocktail shaker - '50s-inspired cottage style is made for entertaining. With a foot in the past and an eye to the future, vintage cottage style is all about nostalgia, colour and, most of all, fun.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Get crafty with lighting

Scour antique shops and garage sales for retro lampshades, which transform any base into a cool conversation piece.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Frame found art

Create a one-of-a-kind mosaic with pretty flowerseed packets in a simple white frame. Get the DIY here.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Think beyond the obvious

Delight guests with a charming stool or small bench that stands in for a bedside table.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Make setting the table a breeze

Let guests (and kids) help by keeping utensils and napkins in a easy-to-access vintage tin container. Find more table setting ideas here.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Look on the bright side

Choose saturated colours to achieve vintage cottage style - now's not the time for subtlety.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Find a fun focal point & add texture everywhere

Look for a bold piece to give the eye a place to rest. In this all-green kitchen, an orange pendant light commands instant attention, while a few accessories in a similar colour provide context.  Apply beadboard to the backsplash or the outer side of a kitchen island to create visual interest that suits the home's era.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Decorate in dynamic duos

Pick strong colour combos to make every vignette in the room pop. Here, yellow flowers warm up the cool tones of a blue dresser. Find more DIY dresser makeover ideas here.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Be audacious with textiles

Play with prints by hanging two different patterned Roman shades on side-by-side windows. It keeps a glamorous grouping from becoming too frou-frou.

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10 steps to get vintage cottage style

Repurpose old clothespins

Suspend recipes and vintage cards from a string using clothespins for a new twist on an art wall.

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