The country cottage decorating style is very popular today and is one that is easy to live with for even the busiest family. With its casual style and easy to care for accessories, it's no wonder why this style is featured in many popular decorating magazines.
The first thing to notice when you walk into a home that is decorated in this style is the relaxed comfortable atmosphere. The furniture may be overstuffed and very comfortable looking. Accent chairs and tables coupled with a few works of art with dramatic flair spread around the room add texture and interest to the setting.
Shopping for the country cottage style of decor is easy on the eyes as well as the budget. Purchase primarilly secondhand items. Scour local thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales to get interesting items that will help put together the cottage look.
Slip covers work great with this style which allows you to buy a used furniture at a discount. Pick pieces that are overstuffed - very fluffy and comfortable. White slip covers which are great to cover such pieces. They can be easily cleaned and color can be added by throwing some pillows with nice country fabrics on them.
For country cottage accessories, have some vases in either a crystal or a white color with informal bouquets of country flowers in them. Dried flower arrangements work well too, and you can really be creative by using unusual objects as a vase. Good examples are old watering cans, old chance chocolate pots without the lid, and old silverplate coffee or tea pots with the lid open.
Make sure to have a lot of fabrics around the room. Stick to muted colors in solids, florals, gingham, or toile. Try having matching fabrics in the windows and pillows. If no interesting side tables are available dress an ordinary table up by using fabrics as table cloths. Laces also look great with this decorating style and you can use lace doilies as well as large pieces of lace on top of the tablecloths for added drama.
Painted furniture is perfect for the country cottage style. Tables and chairs could be painted a color complementing the general decor and then roughed up with some standing on the edges. Country accessories will round out the look. Try using several baskets, entry boxes, and items you might find around the garden.