Say This 5 Times Fast: Charming, Cozy, Cottage, Casual, Comfort

ProSource | 5/1/2017 | Project Tips

What comes to mind when you hear “cottage style”? Casual comfort. Quaint design. Charming spaces. It’s a uniquely personal approach that often features fresh-cut flowers and flea market finds.

And there are variations of the cottage look. “Modesty, simplicity, and coziness describe an English cottage,” says Lauren Fleming of American Freight Furniture. “Don’t overdecorate… the charm is the pleasant minimalism.” Think natural wood and muted fabrics.

A beach cottage, on the other hand, incorporates whites mixed with brighter colors. “Wicker, natural driftwood, and other woven materials are right at home as accessories,” says Fleming. “Light gray or white furniture with soft seats screams, or rather whispers, ‘relaxed and casual.’”

The charm may be in the details, but the nuts and bolts of the room come first. Before you focus on the sweet décor of your cottage space, consider the fundamentals that will anchor the space and provide a lovely palette on which you can make your mark.

Start With Cottage Floors

The perfect hardwood floor from ProSource can set the foundation for your cottage-inspired room:

Add Cottage Rugs

Warm up your hardwood floor and pull your space together with vintage-look rugs and carpets from ProSource.

Install Cottage Cabinets

In both the kitchen and bathroom, your cottage theme will revolve around the cabinets:

  • Get the look of painted cabinets – a cottage staple – without ever lifting a paintbrush. ProSource has more than 800 cabinet choices in gray, white, and other cozy colors.
  • Replace some upper cabinets with open shelving to display quaint crockery.
  • Keep the hardware – those knobs and drawer pulls – nice and simple.

Keep Going With Cottage Details

With your floor and cabinets in place, it’s time to consider your options for the next “layer” of cottage styling:

  • A single-basin sink with an apron front provides the perfect spot for creating those fresh-cut flower arrangements.
  • Forgo fancy granite in favor of unpretentious countertops with minimal contrasts in color and texture.
  • Create a center island that features beaded board cabinets. Where else would you go to prepare that lovely pot of English tea?

A cottage design is truly personal – there are no rules. Browse the ProSource inspiration gallery for fabulous ideas that you can tailor to your favorite space. Going cottage is all about expressing yourself.   

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