It's well into summer and after that last heat wave (which now seems like ages ago), all I can think about is spending some time at the lake. Although I'm not at that point in my life where I can afford a cottage of my own, that doesn't stop me from dreaming up what I want it to look like one day.
First up, the walls! What's a cottage without white panelled walls? It's the perfect shade to keep the interior bright and inviting, and it works perfectly with all the mismatched furniture and decor. My favourite “cottage walls white” is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It's a soft white with a slight yellow undertone. It still appears clean and crisp, but with a warm glow.
The furniture will mostly consist of refurbished garage sale finds and hand me downs collected over the years. I love the laid-back feeling that mismatched furniture gives off. To me, cottages are a place to relax and de-stress, so not having to worry about water marks on the furniture or scuffs and scratches is a must!
Distressed wood is a must have as well. Whether it's the coffee table or the floors, there will be distressed wood in my cottage. It keeps the cottage feeling warm, even among all the cooler accents.
- Natural Linens- to give texture and keep with the care-free feeling.
- Thick Stripes- pillows, throws, curtains, etc.
- Stone Fireplace- who doesn't love a stone fireplace. It's striking and screams cottage.
- Solar Shades- They filter out harsh sunlight and help the cottage stay cool while still allowing a good view of outside.
- Nautical Accessories and Artwork- Lighthouse figurines, driftwood, coloured glass, you name it.
While on the Style at Home website, I came across this gorgeous cottage dining room. I love the contrast between rustic and contemporary by pairing the distressed farmhouse table with the metal aqua chairs. The mixture of colours and textures create a fresh look that I would like in my cottage one day.
Now that you've got a glimpse of what my dream cottage would look like, what does/would your cottage look like? What are your cottage must haves?