Simple, fresh and, above all, casual, cottage style is all about comfort and flexibility. There are few ridged rules or norms when it comes to the style because cottages are a place where you can kick back and relax; it seems only appropriate that the décor reflects that laidback attitude and the distinct personalities of those who inhabit the space. In 2016, laidback interiors we would usually find in a cottage, found their way into year-round homes. Elements of cottage style infiltrated living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms, injecting warmth and unpretentious charm into these spaces. Now, we want to see that same charm outdoors. Bring cottage style into your outdoor space with these ten ideas:

 

White-washed wicker

Photo Source: decorpad.com

Photo Source: decorpad.com

(Learn how to DIY at home here.)

 

For your throw pillows and chair cushions: vintage floral and mismatched patterns

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Photo Source: houzz.com

 

Find a way to incorporate barn board

Photo Source: lockstone.ca

Photo Source: lockstone.ca

 

Go for gingham 

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Photo Source: bhg.com

 

Patina 

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Photo Source: etsy.com

 

DIY a porch swing 

Photo Source: thisoldhouse.com

Photo Source: thisoldhouse.com

Details and instructions.

 

Consider lattice enclosures

Photo Source: bhg.com

Photo Source: bhg.com

 

Incorporate touches of bright yellow

Photo Source: houseandhome.com

Photo Source: houseandhome.com

 

Chose linen when it comes to textiles

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Photo Source: homedepot.com

 

Weather your own wood

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Photo Source: holicoffee.com

Details and instructions.

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Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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