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Stylish Cottage Living: 14 Decorating Ideas

Cottage style decorating involves an elegant and feminine touch that is added to the interior of a home. The wall treatments, window treatments, colors, furniture and type of accessories that a person uses can help instill this decorating scheme into a space.

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Cottage Wall Treatments

One of the best wall treatments to use for a cottage style interior is wainscoting. This wall treatment provides a cottage and beach look to the space and often covers only the bottom portion of a wall. Another option is to add another style of paneling or molding on the walls. A soft colored wallpaper is another strategy for cottage style walls.

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Cottage Window Treatments

Window decor is an important part of cottage style decorating. Cover the windows with floral draperies for a cottage look. Another option is to install plantation shutters. Sheer window coverings add decor to the windows without blocking the valuable light.

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Cottage Colors

Cottage style decorating often encompasses soft colors, such as pastels. Baby blues, mint green, soft yellow and soft pink are a few common options. White is often used for the wall or furniture color. Colors that reflect a beach scene are also used, such as teal, pool blue and sandy brown.

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Cottage Furniture

A homeowner can decorate a cottage style interior in a variety of ways. Wrought iron is often used for table bases and headboards. Slipcovers can be used to cover less attractive couches, armchairs and dining room chairs. A weathered look is often associated with cottage style decorating. You can accomplish this look by painting a piece of furniture a cottage color, such as white, blue or yellow. Then you can distress the finish by using sandpaper or tapping on the furniture piece lightly with a hammer or chisel. Wicker furniture is another option. Large storage devices such as dressers, armoires and wardrobes are also used with this decorating scheme.

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Cottage Accessories

Accessories tend to be antique in nature. Shabby chic accessories consist of older pieces that have a weathered look, such as an old trunk or paint peeling shelf. Pillows and other fabrics reflect the various hues that are used throughout the room. Lace is often used as a table cover. Elegant pieces such as candelabras, chandeliers, candlesticks, lamps and teacups are often placed throughout various home interior spaces. Collections are also commonly used to create a slightly cluttered look. The cottage style look incorporates newer pieces that are mixed together with older pieces.

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