Cute Country Cottage Style Decor Ideas

Cottage style decorating has always been a relaxed, casual way to decorate a home, originally meant to  dress up a beach or vacation house. But it’s charm and bright fresh feeling has made it a popular decorating style for any home over the years. But today’s country cottage style is a touch more refined, though equally pretty and made for families. It is an especially good choice for small homes because of the light colors and airy feeling this style embraces. Check out our tips on getting an updated cottage style look for your home!



Update Your Country Cottage Decor


  • White is still the standby for cottage decorating. However, soft grays, taupes and greens can give you a flush of color update. Keep the color scheme simple and light.
  • Cottage style is now an eclectic mix of old and new, traditional and modern, funky and fresh. Mix it up. In fact, sticking too much to a cottage “theme” such as seaside or cabin in the woods can date your room.
  • Make sure your furnishing are comfy…picture curling up with a good book, comfy. Slipcovers. Still. Rule.
  • Use vintage finds as re-purposed furnishings, but do it sparingly. You don’t want the whole room to look like a thrift shop.
  • Add some bead board at the entry, or create some built in shelving…then accessorize with unique finds!
  • Keep windows free of coverings when possible, and use minimal treatments when necessary. This is a great place to utilize a more modern element to update the cottage style in your room.
  • Lighting. Another place to choose well… modern pendant lights and drum shades take your cottage style our of your mother’s living room, and into yours.
  • Use fabrics that are soft, pretty and washable. No need to cover the house in florals though. Keeping it more simple brings the style into today.

todays new cottage style


Choosing to use cottage style in your home can make any small space welcoming and fresh. Have fun with country cottage style, as it isn’t meant to follow “rules” too closely… remember it’s original purpose was for vacation spaces. Make sure you decorate so that you feel like you are on vacation every day!


Cottage Style Living Room

Notice the modern fabrics and vintage accessories in this living room. From the book – ‘New Cottage Style’ on Amazon.

New cottage style


Modern Country Cottage

Clean, minimal, but still fresh and cottage!Photo by ‘Freshome‘.

Cottage living room


More Cottage Style Ideas

Love the re-purposed headboard contrasting with the chandelier…then everything else is minimal. Perfect rustic cottage style! Also check out our country bathroom ideas over at TBD!

New cottage bedroom


How could you not love this charming kitchen with the best of both worlds… modern stainless steel AND vintage accessories! And that farmhouse sink? Love this country cottage kitchen!

New cottage kitchen


Perfect example of decorating a beach house, without getting too kitschy with the theme. I love the beach inspired art over the fireplace, but the rest of the references to the sea are subtle, as the starfish on the throw pillows.


Love country cottage style? Hate it? Tell us what you think! We think you will also love our post on our Modern Boho Chic home reveal!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Dorothy
    April 18, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I have never seen the use of pink in any design style trend pictures in many years but I actually like the accent wall. My boyfriend would not like it, but I could be tempted to try this in a more subtle shade. I could so totally relax in this room it is very inviting and not over the top with the sea knick knacks. Great article.

  2. Cindy
    March 17, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    I love these examples and your comments on them, the pink and white family room is perfection. I would not use pink, but other than that, it is fabulous, in my opinion.

  3. P.I. Barrington
    December 1, 2013 / 10:24 am

    Love cottage style! Great article!!

  4. Betty
    November 30, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Love the style, so relaxing!

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