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Tips for a –Cottage-Style” Bedroom

Cottage-style decor is comfortable, creative and eclectic. It’s a casual, “hand-me-down” look that uses a bit of everything to create a lively, bold space never feels “done,” but looks like it came together naturally over time. Putting a look like this together is easier than you think.

Bright colors work well with this casual, feminine style. Think pinks, yellows, bright blues and electric greens. Keep wall colors more subdued to act as a neutral backdrop for all that color.

Matched sets don’t work in a cottage-style room. Experiment with different styles, fabrics and finishes so that the result looks like it was created over a period of years. Painted furniture, found and re-purposed items and vintage touches work beautifully for this.

Since your bed is the focal point of your room, what you put on it is important. Cozy fabrics, laces and embroidery are common with this look. Try starting with a chenille comforter set—coordinating bedspread, pillow shams and a bedskirt—and layer on a handmade quilt and a few quilt-look pillows. Choose a wicker or wrought iron piece for your headboard or use some picket fencing or a painted, paneled door to add a bit of whimsy.

Choose handmade or handmade-looking accessories like pottery, collages and other collections. Flea market finds like old suitcases and chandeliers look right at home with this style.
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