One of my favourite ever design themes – and so many different options to work with!
This particular moodboard centres on English Country Cottage; combining pastel shades with light florals.
The Country Cottage look can be achieved, relatively simply, in most rooms of your home. Obviously, if you live in a cottage with an inglenook fireplace, beams and wooden floors, it would be a lot easier! However, by just decorating and adding pretty accessories, this gorgeous style can be all yours!
Let’s start with colours. Warm neutral tones like beiges and greiges can be integrated with very subtle pastel shades (primarily pinks) to create your Country Cottage charm.
However, you can also change it up if you were to, for example, decorate your kitchen. Then creams and duck egg blue or light sage green can certainly be the base of your scheme.
Also within your kitchen, why not place a floral teapot and old-fashioned three-tiered cake stand on your kitchen table or work surface? As above, the use of baskets and metal hooks can help create your practical and cute cottage look.
French dressers, armoires and little shaker-style shelving units look wonderful displaying your accessories like tea light holders, pretty china and candles.
Chalk paint can play a huge part in the creation of this theme; upcycling chairs and stand-alone items of furniture can be great projects to work on and fit perfectly within your cottage style. Try not to simply slap the paint on(!), you want to distress slightly so there’s a grain effect that’s just so pleasing!
Moving onto living rooms and bedrooms, layering cushions and patchwork throws in pastel ditsy prints and narrow stripes give the cosy feeling, whilst maintaining the fresh and light feel.
Curtains, blinds and lampshades can be purchased (or made if you’re so inclined!) in order to really pull your look together. The clashing of soft muted pastel tones and gentle patterns in your furnishings can create a modern vintage room you can be proud of!
Bunting is always a lovely idea to pep up a simple room; giving it a playful and fun appeal. The use of mason or jam jars can play up the contemporary aspect of your theme; adding ditsy print fabric or lace if you wish.
Fresh flowers are a wonderful addition to any cottage room. Placed simply in an enamel jug, these displays have such an effect and allow your home to smell beautifully fresh and fragrant!
Material roses can also work extremely well – small arrangements, garlands or wreaths can be dotted about so even if you can’t keep real bouquets alive for long, you’ll always have flowers in your home!
All images sourced from Pinterest