Embracing what feels comfortable to your eye, finding the perfection in imperfect layouts and lines – that is what a cottage style living room stands for. Taking a step away from formal living rooms, the cottage style leans closer to the informal seating areas in comfy nooks around the house. Cottage style living rooms borrow heavily from a DIY mood – the effect is of something you have put together yourself with familiar, much-loved items. It creates the aura of a home that is warm and inviting.
How to plan for your cottage style living room
A cottage style living room has your personal stamp all over it. This is as much space the family lounges in, as it is an area for guests to be welcomed. Aim on creating a casual space to relax and indulge in long conversations, in a homely atmosphere. Unlike most other living room settings, this is one aesthetic that can handle a bit of clutter. Whether with furniture or knick-knacks or even artwork on the walls, create a bustling atmosphere that is full of life.
Think large and comfy sofas with plush cushions and throws that invite you to not just sit but even put your feet up or take a nap in. Ditch the co-ordinated look and do a mix-and-match of sofas and armchairs. Rounded and curvy upholstered furniture in traditional styles is the best fit here. A center table in rough-hewn wood is a typical feature. Wicker stools can be a great addition too.
To create a lived-in appeal to your cottage living room, stick to warm tones and bright contrasts. The palette can be whatever works for you but remember that wood is a highlight element for a cottage feel, so pick tones that complement the shade of wood in your furniture. Prints look great with this style – on the sofas or walls or drapes as you choose.
In this style of living room, there is more likely to be a collection of personal memorabilia than impersonal artwork or curios. Photographs, artwork by family members, or souvenirs from travels – everything has a touch of personal history. Frilled or crocheted table covers, striped or floral pattern drapes, planters that look handmade, even cabinetry that looks like you put it in yourself – all of these works great in a cottage style living room.
In the actual cottage style homes in the West, the living room represents a simple lifestyle and close bond with nature. There is an element of humility and avoiding pretensions, which is why you might encounter a crockery cabinet right in the living room or other personal effects displayed with pride. That does not mean however that you cannot have modern furniture or your prized artwork on the walls. It is all about personalizing and taking pride in it.
Decorpot strongly believes in creating a space where everyone you love feels right at home: that is what the cottage style living room is all about.
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