Design Tips

Using Cottage Style in the Modern Home

If you’re the type of person who likes to curl up with a good book and read all day or invite guests over for the weekend, then we have the perfect style for you! A traditional cottage style can transform your modern home into the perfect cozy getaway that will make every day feel like a vacation to the countryside! Here’s how to get started:

Layered Patterns

Whether it’s plaid, floral, toile or paisley, you can’t go wrong with big splashes of pattern in a cottage styled home. Use large wool rugs and patterned upholstered furniture to create texture and depth that will make you want to sink into a comfy chair and visit with your friends and family. You can even incorporate colorful textiles with fabric lamp shades and curtains. It’s completely up to you to decide how much pattern to use because as long as you stay in the same color family everything should coordinate perfectly.

Muted Colors

Speaking of colors, it is tradition for a rustic style to incorporate softer, darker colors and avoid bright and overwhelming hues. Moss greens, deep blues, warm grays, rich browns and brick reds are all great candidates that will work well together or independently. These colors will help your home feel at one with nature whether you have a log cabin or apartment in the city.

Odds and Ends

A true cottage home would be incomplete without a few essential staples: a guest bedroom, fresh flowers, and lots of books! Imagine that you are visiting a home straight out of a Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott novel; you would find many small but thoughtful touches, plenty of good books to read, and a guest room (or sleeper sofa) that is always available to friends and family. It’s cozy details like these that has made cottage an enduring style after so many years!

Do you think cottage style might be right for you? Or do you have other ideas for giving your home or cabin a design update? The talented designers at Gates Home Furnishings is always available to help you find the perfect furniture and accessories to create the home of your dreams. Call or stop by the store today to get started or find the perfect finishing touches!

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