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Cottage Style Decorating - How to Add a Cottage Look to Your Lake Home

Lynn Cressy
 


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Have you ever dreamed of living by a lake? A cottage by the lake makes a wonderful place to live on a permanent basis or to use as a vacation home. Here are ideas for cottage style decorating to make that dream cottage a reality.

*Since cottage style decorating is rooted in the English countryside of long ago, the use of floral cotton chintz is a mainstay of cottage style decorating because it was a cheery contrast to England’s gray, cloudy days. Past generations met the test of limited budgets by mixing and matching the old with the new in fabrics, paint and slip covering.

*A coat of paint on the walls in a neutral shade will give you a backdrop for adding your favorite accent colors. Neutral shades offer a less-fussy variation of the cottage style. In your cottage style decorating plan the use of deep accent colors, such as, cranberry red and hot pink, stand out when combined with a neutral background.

*An easy way to bring flowers into a room as part of your cottage style decorating is to use floral paintings. Dark oil paintings become lifelike and natural when hung on white walls. It’s a great way to have flowers inside year round!

*Don’t spend a fortune on furniture and accessories—modify what you already have. Nicely fitted slipcovers change upholstered furniture into “new” cottage style decorating pieces of furniture. Choosing neutral fabric will provide a perfect backdrop for beautiful accent pillows. You might also want to add an upholstered chair in an accent color that will “make a statement. ”

*Using “see-through” furniture, such as, a glass-top table for the dining table will help to open up a small dining area. It will give your cottage style decorating scheme a less cluttered look which is a trend in today’s cottage look.

*Cottages are the ideal place to display vintage dishes and glassware. Place them on a mantel, sideboard or occasional table to add character to the décor—they will no doubt be a topic of conversation for friends and family.

Remember that cottage style decorating can complement most decorating styles from traditional to contemporary—the key is keeping the style relaxed. It doesn’t matter if your home has expensive antiques or yard-sale treasures; the goal is to have a feeling of friendly comfort.

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Lynn Cressy is the owner of Lynn's Home Decor, which was created out of a love for decorating and shopping for home decor . There you will find ebooks , shabby chic furniture, shabby chic home decor and wrought iron furniture and home decor as well as home decorating ideas.

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