Whether you live in a rural country farmhouse or an urban city apartment, decorating your home inspired by a country cottage is an easy way to make your living space feel more homey and comfortable. Bringing in decorations that are traditional staples in a cottage can make your home feel more feminine and romantic, making this style of decor ideal for single women. Here are some ideas to help you get started in decorating your country cottage inspired home.
The colors you use on your walls and in your decorating are extremely important, as these give you a basis from which to work. This way your entire home will look uniform, polished and organized. Some colors to consider using in your country cottage decor include pale french blue, sage green, butter yellow and off whites, such as eggshell and ivory. Choose one primary decorating color and one accent color. If you choose a richer toned primary color, such as french blue, choose a more neutral accent color, such as ivory.
Lace is a fabric commonly associated with countryside cottages, and it can add an elegant, extremely feminine touch to your cottage inspired home. Lace tablecloths, coasters, curtains and doilies are all examples of decorations you can add to your home. Antique lace can be purchased very inexpensively at antique and second-hand stores.
Wood appliques are some of my favorite decorations, partly because they are inexpensive and also because they are extremely easy to use. Appliques can transform your boring wooden furniture into a work of art that you will love having on display in your home. Add appliques to table sides, desk fronts, armoires, or any other kind of wooden furniture you currently have in your home using wood glue. Paint over the entire surface of both the applique and the furniture. This will create the illusion that the intricate design on the applique is carved into your wooden furniture.
Decorative china can easily be converted into wall decor for your cottage inspired home. Plates and saucers with elegant patterns on them can be mounted to your walls for a romantic, feminine touch. Toile print is one of my personal favorites for decorative china, and will fit the theme of your home perfectly.
Crisp, all white wooden furniture will stand out against the rest of your decorating scheme, and will give your home an elegant, cottage vibe. Paint your existing furniture using your favorite brand and variation of white house paint. For a bright, cheery cottage look, choose to use a stark white. For a more relaxed, garden cottage vibe, paint your furniture an antique or yellow-toned white.
Landscape paintings of countryside locales are the perfect finishing touch for your country cottage inspired home. Hang the paintings inside ornamental frames for a more elegant, polished look. Dollar stores and second-hand stores usually carry replica prints of landscape painting for very inexpensive prices.
Wooden flowers are a unique decoration to add to your cottage inspired home, and unlike real flowers, they will last forever. Dainty wooden roses in a decorative vase will make your home look feminine and homey.