Over the years my personal style has developed and matured into a definite Cottage Style. I don't know if it's the reminiscence of summer getaways to sunny Pacific beaches, or the natural ease and comfort that is an innate quality of Cottage Style.
Cottage Style can be a combination of many other decor styles.
What you are likely to find in a Cottage Style home are rooms with muted blues, greens and neutrals combined with lots of white. You might find chippy painted furniture or industrial pieces that have been re-purposed. Design elements can be whimsical and functional, like interesting collected items displayed alongside everyday dishes on open shelving in the kitchen.
My Cottage Style is:
- Light, bright and cheerful.
- Chippy and worn by default.
- Put your feet up comfortable.
- Unconcerned with a bit of clutter from everyday living.
- A place where kids can play without worrying they'll ruin anything.
Cottage Style allows me to add my personality to my space without spending a lot of money. By taking acquired items and re-purposing them or giving them new life with a bit of paint or elbow grease.
Like this ladder back chair...
After hanging out for a bit with no real purpose (only a year or so) it finally spoke to me and I knew what I needed to do to give it some cottage personality.
A couple coats of crisp white paint on all surfaces except the rush seat.
A bit of distressing with my sanding sponge.
Some green acrylic paint mixed with some Glazing liquid (1/1 ratio).
I taped off the bottom of each leg and painted them with the green paint/glaze mixture.
I also painted one of the bars on the chair back green. Just for fun! Once they'd dried completely, I gave the green sections another quick distressing with the sanding sponge.
Here it is all chippy white...
Just a touch of flirty green...
It fits in perfectly with my well-worn, comfortable, cottage style. Like a dear old friend.
Want to see more Cottage Style DIY projects?
You can visit my Project Gallery HERE.
What is your decorating style? I'd love to hear about it.
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