The word ‘cottage’, which was originally ‘cotter’, made a long way from meaning a peasant living in a small home with a barn to meaning just a small house. While the cottages of Europe serve as dwellings, the cottages of America usually refer to a vacation home. How does it look and how to pull off cottage style if you want it? Let’s take a look at some characteristic features of such a home.
A cottage in the English countryside will often resemble another home style. There may be a simple line of windows like a Georgian home or you might find the half timber pattern of a Tudor home. If you want to take your cottage in a more modern direction, try to preserve the historic charm and use paint and details like fixtures to bring your little house up to date. For example, black is a great option that will make your cottage stand out against the rest of the charming cottages.
Thatched roofs are about as classic cottage as you can get and, combined with some climbing roses, you’ll have an English cottage fit to be in film. If you want to create a beach cottage look, embrace the shingles of the seaside Victorian. Paired with your classic minty greens and windy grasses, you’ll make your cottage into a place you’ll never want to leave.
If you don’t have a front porch to decorate, make window boxes. They will make it easy to give your cottage that pop of color and changing them out seasonally will be simple. A back patio is not only a great way to expand your entertaining space but also highlights the coziest cottage decor.
When renovating a historic cottage, you’re likely to find lots of things underneath the modern wood and drywall, like brick and stone. If you’re able, keep these elements exposed to give your cottage a real nostalgic feel. Beams were a common occurrence in a cottage and may need a bit of refinishing but you’ll be able to appreciate that touch of vintage they’ll add to your cottage.
Shutters are welcome for cottages not only for exterior but also for interiors. Interior shutters can fold away from the windows completely, allowing the maximum natural light, unlike curtains sometimes.
Classic English cottages thrive on pattern. If you aren’t sure where and how to place your patterns, just cover your walls, cabinets, furniture and even the floor in white and then look around and determine what needs color and where the pattern should be without too much trial and error.