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Photo Source: thisoldhouse.com

Embrace the natural vibrancy of white 

Because cottages tend to get seasonal use, consider keeping the colours and décor traditional and simple, rather than modern and trendy. For wall colour, neutrals, like grey or taupe, white and shades of white, are safe choices. Opting for neutral walls also means more flexibility in terms of the style, colour and texture of the rest of your décor.

 

Grandmotherly charm

Think wicker, rattan, bed ruffles, rustic rugs and mixed patterns for decorating. These texture-heavy materials provide the perfect juxtaposition to minimalistic walls and furniture. Speaking of texture, a cottage bedroom simply isn’t complete without a colourful homemade quilt.

 

DIY and repurposed décor 

Your cottage is the perfect place to display some of those Pinterest projects you’ve spent countless hours perfecting.

 

Like this wood plank headboard, made from salvaged wood.

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Photo Source: designsponge.com

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Or how about this simple fix for your curtains, using clothespins or jute rope.

 

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Photo Source: woohome.com

 

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Photo Source: remodelista.com

 

Or this sweet and simple rope shelf.

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Worn and torn – (in a good way)

A sanding block or sand paper can turn an old nightstand you were going to throw away anyways, into a distressed masterpiece. Focus your sand paper on the edges, corners and raised detailing of the furniture to achieve a genuinely weathered look. Or keep your eyes peeled at garage sales, thrift stores or flea markets for pieces that are authentically distressed.

 

Low maintenance materials

Soft natural fabrics in muted colours, like cream and shades of off white, will enforce a sense of calm in the bedroom. For your curtains, duvet covers and throw pillows, look for fabrics that have distinctive texture, like linen, burlap or wool.

 

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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