June 14, 2013
If there was ever a place where Anderson Floors' Gnarly Plank collection fits perfectly, it's in a room decorated in cottage style. The antique look of the oak wood floors have an air of authenticity that matches the atmosphere and tradition of a cottage.
While this type of dwelling can range from log cabin rustic to the gentility of an English country home, it often focuses on two design motifs that have become synonymous with cottage living - seashore and garden.
Hues usually associated with cottage design are dusty, muted tones of pastels that reflect the ocean and gardens. Florals convey a genteel atmosphere while plaids fit best with a rustic decorating scheme. Cushions for soft upholstered furnishings are often slip covered in different colors and patterns according to the season.
Another way to evoke a vintage look found in traditional cottages is to encase windows in shutters. Usually finished with a light wood stain or painted white and off-white, they are an attractive complement to pastels. Gray with a hint of blue offers a good base color for the traditional white trim, fabrics and painted furnishings of cottage-style decorating.
Furnishing a cottage look
Some contemporary furniture can be integrated into this type of room design. Rather than a fussy, cluttered look, cottage decor often has a clean, white-washed effect that looks great with modern furnishings.
Cottage decorating, whether with old or new style furniture, should evoke the light and airy feel of summery weather and gentle breezes. According to CottageStyleDecoratingGuide.com, whatever furnishings homeowners choose should create an atmosphere that reminds them of vacation time when day-to-day living is comfortable and carefree.
Wicker is a favorite material in tradition cottage furniture. It can be used in a whole set of love seats and chairs or just in accent pieces like side tables.
Integrate old and new Accessories for cottage-style home design may be collectibles that homeowners have gathered through the years or vintage finds from flea markets. Baskets are a traditional accent in the cottage look, but they also have a practical use as storage for odds and ends around the house.
The back panels of cabinets or the wall behind open shelving may be painted in an accent shade that will allow displayed treasures to stand out, recommends Better Homes and Gardens magazine.The backing will also be in contrast to lighter wall colors. It's just one of the design tricks that homeowners can use to give their cottage-style rooms personality.