Many of us dream of owning that perfect country cottage. Whether you do live out in the countryside or in the middle of a busy city, it is easier than you think to achieve that rustic cottage feeling. Here are some of our top tips to help you turn your home into a country cottage paradise.
Clear Out Your Furniture
The first thing you should think about doing is clearing out any furniture that is overly modern. While you can hold onto some pieces, you should get rid of anything that might be considered industrial or contemporary as these won’t fit into a rustic cottage design.
If there are pieces you aren’t ready to part with, you should look into a secure facility where you can store furniture. This means that you are still holding onto it but you don’t have to have it in your home. Rustic cottages are not usually known for modern furniture and it can be jarring to have it sitting around your home, especially if it doesn’t fit in with the décor of the wider room.
Ready to start decorating? The best choices you can make are colours that would usually be found in nature. This does not mean that you have to stick to neutral colours but it does mean that you should stick to more earthy tones if you can. With some clever choices, you should be able to create a home that is colourful yet welcoming.
For prints, stick to florals and picture prints. Simpler ones are always going to blend better with a room compared to something bold. If you also like the vintage look, you should make sure to check out some charity shops and vintage shops. You never know when you might find an amazing authentic print from an older era.
All in the Fittings
Continue your attention to detail by also choosing fittings in the kitchen and bathroom that fit your theme. These can still be modern but they can have a country twist. For example, you might want a range cooker for your kitchen. You can now buy electric ones that switch on and off like a regular cooker so you don’t need to have it on all the time like older models. Add in fixtures like a farmer’s sink for the perfect country kitchen.
In the bathroom, you need a big clawfoot bathtub and copper fittings. Keep everything clean in white ceramic. You can include a print or a brighter colour on the walls but the actual fittings should be white.
Work on the Garden
No country cottage would be complete without a garden. Even if you don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb, there are still some great choices you can make. There are plenty of low-maintenance plants you can use to create a welcoming and wild space outside.
One of the best places to target is your front door. Train flowers like honeysuckle around your front door for a sweet and pretty entry to your home. Add in a tangle of potted plants and maybe even a garden gnome and you have the perfect rustic cottage front door.
Putting together a rustic cottage takes some careful choices. By thinking carefully about how you want your home to look, you will be in a great position to make a country cottage that is warm and inviting for all for come there. Before you know it, you might have the perfect cosy rustic cottage to return to at the end of the day! Start planning the changes you want to make now.