For many of us, a classic cottage is the ideal getaway. Every last detail, from the light fixtures and color schemes to the furnishings and accents, should be carefully selected. As This Old House says, a cottage should be “more infused with spirit than put together according to a set of rules.”
We couldn’t agree more. Here are some ideas for designing your cottage with just the right blend of comfort, whimsy and beautiful accents.
Look for furnishings with a traditional design in decidedly modern colors.
An antique hutch or armoire ensures your sweet coastal cottage has plenty of convenient storage for dishware, throw blankets and other essentials, while the English Farmhouse Armoire’s beautiful design adds a cozy touch with a nice, modern finish. Look for these traditional pieces in eye-catching hues such as turquoise, powdery blue or sunny yellows.
Lighting is essential for setting the mood and tone in your cottage’s interior.
Your lighting design should incorporate a variety of fixtures and as many dimmers as possible. Perhaps hang an Antique Wood Carved Chandelier over a dining room table, a living room seating area or your master bed. The Impresario Wall Sconce works well in a reading nook or on either side of a mantle, while the Gesso Wood Vase Table Lamp can provide additional lighting on end tables as needed.
Every seating area should be inviting and comfortable.
A cottage offers a space to retreat from the world, and that requires comfortable seating and lounging areas with attractive accent pillows and soft, warm throw blankets to keep you warm. Search out linens and throw pillows that add warmth to the space, and remember that these accents don’t have to match as long as they lend to the theme of the room itself.
What are your quintessential beach cottage must-haves? Feel free to comment below, or visit our online catalog to find everything you need to outfit a beach cottage!