Home Design Tips

Decorate a Bedroom in Cottage Style

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Cottage-style décor encourages a sense of relaxation, so it is perfect for a bedroom. Here are some ideas to get the look:

1. Choose a traditional style bed: old maple in spool/spindle style, wicker, iron, brass, or a white-painted four-poster with a luxurious pocket sprung mattress.

2. Dress the bed in a light, homey fabric: eyelet, cotton chenille, pillow-ticking or awning stripes; or a patchwork quilt . Continue the theme with pillow slips and valance, or dust ruffles.

3. Look for miss-matched bedside tables, in wicker or wood with simple turned legs.

4. Top the tables with traditional lamps that reflect humble origins: simple ceramic, terracotta, milk glass, and wicker, or choose candlestick lamps. Use fabric shades in solids, or in patterns like small floral motifs, or checked.

5. No need to match the bed to the chest of drawers or the tables; you can tie diverse styles together by painting them the same colour. White or cream are good finish choices.

6. Dress the windows simply, with tabtop curtains, flounced priscillas, or Cape Cod curtains; 2-inch wood blinds work well, too. Choose a treatment that allows sunlight to flood the room.

7. Decorate the walls and floors with old-fashioned, casual favourites: floral or striped paper, or pastel paint for the walls; nubbly cotton chenille, striped rag rugs, and braided rugs underfoot.

8. Decorate your table tops with folk-art animals, dried flowers, or casual cut-flower arrangements, or ceramic figurines. Carry out the theme with potted-plant cachepots, baskets, or old-fashioned dishes that can serve as catchalls for pocket change and keys.

9. Add, if your room is large enough; an antique-style oak chair, topped with a ruffled cushion, or even an old desk or armoire.

Keep the look light, airy, and casual. The pieces should be a blend of the types of furnishings that proliferate at secondhand stores: serviceable but not fine. These are the pieces you would use to furnish a sun-filled vacation home.