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15 Steps to the Ultimate Cosy Cottage Look

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Cottages are no longer a luxury which can only be enjoyed by people of a certain age.

What they offer speaks volumes, comfort, warmth, an escape from reality…the list goes on.

If you already own a cottage, looking to buy one or simply wishing to rent one then you need to make sure you carry a slice of home comfort with you. A cottage is an ideal home away from home, but only if you decorate it in the right way which suits you.

Luckily, interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott has shared her tips which bring an essence of luxury and nostalgic country into your cottage today.

Surround yourself with throws

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Throws are a great addition to any cottage. One draped at the end of each sofa provides the key comfort factor and also makes for an easy grab when things get chilly.

Throws are also a great way to add a pop of colour into the room which can easily be updated to change the look for the specific type of season.

See: Coastal Interiors: 10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look at Home

Turn to Textiles

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If you wish to add some feature to a classic cottage which dons a classic white and cream colour scheme, then you should turn to textiles.

A quilt of many colours on top of a crisp white bed will give the cottage an instant revival especially when paired with patterned pillows. The more vintage the cottage décor the more the space feels organic and rustic.

add Rugs

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Cottages homes do feature beautiful and warm rugs which feel soft under the feet and are a great extra if the floors are cold. The more eye catching and bold the better, modern cottages are home to luxury rug fabrics that are deep pile adding to the cosy exterior.

Feature Plants

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Plants are ideal for creating a gentle variation in colour as well as capturing an organic and all-encompassing natural vibe. In cottages which are older they can actually help tackle damp in the air as well, if the right varieties are chosen.

Paisley and Floral Pattern

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If you tour any rural cottage, you will be inspired by the use of patterns especially in the form of florals and paisleys.

These work perfect in a cottage setting as they are naturally traditional but fresh and pretty. They are great to add light in the darkest of corners and can spruce up any area in the cottage.

Display Books

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Books take hold of new identity in country homes as they make for beautiful interior design accessories. When housed in shelving units, the books can be a great way to add in serious colour in an organised and structured way.

If your books are hard cover and made up of different colours it is the perfect addition. Even better, place them in a display cabinet adjacent to your log fire for the ultimate rustic feel.

integrate Wood

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Reclaimed, weathered or painted wood is always integral in cottage interior design. Dark natural wood is a great alternative for those who want to add depth and contrast their home without adding any other colour.

Weathered wood is also a great feature since it breaks up the white base.

consider Cornicing

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Ornate cornicing is usually a staple feature of Victorian cottage décor. These decorative touches which are placed around the edge of a room can also surround lighting fixtures and makes an iconic design element.

go Vintage

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For the timeless look, mix and match your finds. Whether they are family heirlooms or flea market finds, vintage wooden sideboards or cupboards – they all possess an inimitable character. Your vintage items compliment the rest of the rustic features in your country cottage and create an authentic feel.

add Fresh Flowers

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Fresh flowers are the perfect finishing touches to bring the ultimate cottage look to life. It can either be single stems or a beautiful bouquet. The smells of fresh flowers will lift the mood of any mood and of course add a splash of colour.

get rustic with Old Ladders and stools

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Old ladders and stools create the ultimate rustic feel – they are perfect to place in your bathroom and to store towels and accessories on.

Cover the ladder in varnish to prevent any sharp edges catching on strings and you have yourself the best vintage accessory.

See: 8 Cool and Creative Bathroom Towel Storage Ideas


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Beadboard paneling is narrow vertical planks of wood, they are a hallmark of cottage style which provides a rustic farmhouse vibe.

You can use the paneling in any way which suits your room, beadboard’s can go up to the ceiling and is typically installed on the lower third wall where damage tends to take place.

mix wood and wicker

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Wood and wicker furniture does add to the causal feels of cottage interiors. Of course, you need to pair these hard surfaces with soft, down filled cushions to make a perfect relaxation area.

Slip covered furniture is a popular option for cottage style rooms, you can slipcover a rescued sofa and add extra cushions for the perfect feel.

opt for Casual and Traditional

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By mixing these two styles you can maintain balance. Use your eye and pick opposite styles which complement each other.

You can team up a traditional dining room table with formal place settings, this then becomes your focal point for the room.

bring the Outside inside

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The perfect way to keep things natural is to bring the outdoor elements inside. The natural feel is best achieved by choosing warm natural textures. Don’t be afraid to bring in garden seating, plant stands or potted flowers.

See: 10 Natural Bedroom Ideas to Bring the Outdoors In

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