Cottage Style Furniture

When We Think of Cottage Style Furniture & Decor, These Four “Rules” Come to Mind:

1. Banish the bland interior.  Cottage furniture uses color and pattern to help define space. 

2. Add texture to your space.  Mix and match using casual bright fabrics on your slipcovered sofa.  Use florals and stripes, checks and plaids, solids and patterns in a coordinated casual cottage furniture theme. 

3. Create an authentic interior.  Emphasize the old and mix with the new.  In a typical American-style cottage you are likely to find painted cottage furniture, reclaimed farmhouse tables, and cottage wicker, with and without distressed surfaces. 

4. Set the stage with wood flooring and cottage style area rugs.  A cottage floor is meant to be walked on and easy to care for! 

Above all else, cottage furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed.  Just as in fashion, the right cottage style accessories help make the ‘look’.  Let your personality shine through.  There are many different ways our cottage furniture and décor can help to create your perfect cottage home – here are three of our favorites:

Classic Cottage

Classic cottage furniture and decor emphasizes clean lines and classic shapes that stand the test of time. While a slightly more tailored approach is used in classic cottage decorating, there is still a welcoming, comfortable feeling to the furniture style, color, and fabric choices. The centerpiece to a classic cottage living room may be a rolled arm, upholstered sofa with exposed turned legs, while in the classic cottage bedroom, a painted four post bed might take center stage.

Dark finished wood stands out against classic black and white painted finishes in traditional decorating – classic cottage takes this idea one step further by incorporating unexpected touches of color! Whether it is a signature painted piece or a hidden detail, a fun fabric print or bold artwork, these individual elements help make a classic cottage a home.

Casual Cottage

Everything goes when it comes to casual cottage furniture and decorating!  Mix and match to your heart’s delight in your casual cottage, combining new and old, found and bought, vintage and keepsakes.  It’s your choice how eclectic you want your casual cottage style to be. Cultivate a lived-in relaxing vibe with cotton slipcovered furniture, weathered finishes, and rustic touches.  And don’t forget the color!  Bold reds, bright blues, daring yellows – all have a home in casual cottage furniture and decorating.

Your casual cottage also needs a place for family and friends to gather for an impromptu pot-luck dinner – a rustic farmhouse table in your dining room, kitchen or porch is just the place to do that!  Need extra seating?  Grab that cottage bench from the foyer or cottage wicker chairs from the deck.

Romantic Cottage

Romantic cottage furniture and decorating calls for a more feminine touch, with soft pastels, curved lines, and pretty prints.  Choosing a more neutral palette for slipcovered furniture and painted furniture in the living room allows for the details to shine – perhaps needlepoint pillows, lace curtains, and floral quilts?  Intricate wrought iron chandeliers and vintage iron beds are a must for romantic cottage furniture and decor. Another must? A large pine hutch to display your china collection, mismatched tea sets or enamelware pitchers.

Weathered and worn furniture invites guest into a calming retreat from everyday life, with plenty of comfy chairs and ottomans to encourage them to put up their feet and enjoy a cup of tea.

Need more cottage style decorating ideas?

Check out our blog, The Distinctive Cottage.