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Monday, August 9, 2021

If you have been with me for any amount of time you know that I love cottage decor, and if you are a new reader here are more of my cottage posts.

I love seeing new ideas for cottage-style decor, and especially love seeing living room ideas as that is where we spend much of our time. 

english cottage style living room

Cottage and cozy go hand in hand when decorating. If it isn't cozy it isn't cottage.

When you read about cottage decor much of the time it is all about decorating around the wonderful architectural features of a cottage, but let's face it, we don't all live in an actual cottage. Don't let that discourage you.

As you can see from the photo above, my apartment has literally no architectural features, but that hasn't stopped me from giving it a cozy English cottage feel. 

Natural Materials And Textures

Rustic furnishings in natural warm hues lend a rustic charm to cottage decor.

rustic cottage living room

A sisal or seagrass rug, handcrafted furniture made from timber, or cane and rattan, and seating upholstered in natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, and linen all add to the look.

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Seagrass Area Rug  Rattan Chair  Electric Fireplace Stove

Tea Kettle  Blue Velvet Couch  Blue Wool Throw

An Uplifting Color Scheme

I love the soft shades of blue for a cottage. 

blue and yellow cottage living room

Fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott explains how blue and yellow make a great pairing for cottage living rooms. 

"Lemon and soft smoke blue complement each other so perfectly. The tone of each of these colors is gentle which draws you into a room. This shade of yellow (above), which I call Hay, is so fresh, making you feel happy, full of hope and sunshine. On the other hand, blue is often seen as peaceful and secure."

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Woven Basket  Vintage Stone Crock  Light Blue Sofa

Blue and Yellow Pillow Cover

A Cozy Window Seat

Imagine yourself curled up on a cozy window seat, tea in hand, and a book lying in your lap ready for a peaceful afternoon. 

cottage window seat

A window shade can add privacy without interfering with the space. I would add a thick cushion for comfort. 

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Marble Top Side Table  Floral Roman Shade

Add A Cheerful Color Pop

Neutral colors can appear to make a small cottage space larger, but don't be afraid to add pops of color. Florals are especially popular in cottage spaces,

colorful floral prints in a cottage living room

Accessories can be changed out easier than furniture pieces. 

I'll take the dog.

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Floral Curtains  Side Table  Brass Mirror

Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves

When you snuggle up in your cozy cottage you will want to have plenty of reading material handy, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves not only give you plenty of storage space but also add to the snug feel. 

floor to ceiling bookshelves

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Horse Print  Country Houses Of England Book

Tapestry Pillow Cover


Don't overlook curtains in your cottage living room. 

floral curtains cottage living room

Curtains add privacy, control light, and add insulation. Both florals and plaids are good choices for a cottage living room. 

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cottage living room decor

Information and photos sourced from Homes and Gardens

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  1. Love those cottage curtains and the room with the book library shelves. I love cottage style for the mere reason it is cozy and not fussy in comfort. Have a great start to the new week. xoxo

  2. I love your apartment. And the photos above look so cozy and inviting. What is a home but a place that feels inviting?

  3. Oh...those curtains are dreamy. I believe they're Kate Forman fabric from London. Of course they'd fit right in with your dreamy cottage decor!

  4. Cottage style, to me, says "Welcome!" I love your wall of books - there is nothing cozier than a library wall!

  5. So cozy and welcoming but truth I love your cottage the best. You have cherished pieces abound.


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