Nail Cottage Style Decorating With These Simple Tips

Cottage style decorating is simple, laid back, and almost anything goes. It’s seen a revival lately, and you can nail this aesthetic very easily in both large and small homes. We’ll outline a few things that you should keep in mind when you decorate, and you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous cottage style home in no time.

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Your furniture pieces in this decorating style are usually recycled. You can buy them from a flea market, charity store or ask family if there are any pieces they don’t need anymore. Nothing has to match between pieces, and this is the entire point of this decorating style. This mismatch with your furniture gives you a comfortable and charming look. You can recover or paint anything you find to help it fit into your overall decorating scheme.

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Your flooring should follow the same general theme of everything else. Floors are usually imperfect or informal. Bare wood flooring is a perfect choice. You can also make new wood look old, or you can choose painted wood flooring with patterns stencilled on to define different areas or add interest. Cover raw wood flooring with vintage throw rugs to add a little colour and interest into your space. It’s a blank canvas that you can use to tie the room together.

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Window Treatments

Most cottage decor is very informal and comfortable, and you want your windows to look airy and light. Lace curtains instead of putting up heavy drapery or adding sheer panels instead of opaque panels can add to the charm of a room. If you need privacy, pair it with simple shades that you can put up during the daytime. When you don’t have an issue with privacy, leave your windows bare, or you can add valances.

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Patterns and Colours

While you can easily incorporate several different patterns or colours into your cottage decorating style, it’s a good idea to have a unifying theme. If you’re going for an English Cottage, floral prints and pink hues suit. A rustic style calls for rough-hewn furniture against forest colours like rust, greens or golden tones. If you want a cottage theme near the shore, try sandy beige with soft blues and lots of white. Faded colours schemes also work well.

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This type of decor usually calls for a unique mix of fabrics in the form of upholstery, slipcovers, draperies, curtains, pillows and table skirts. You can easily coordinate several prints like stripes, florals, plaids or checks. Slipcover protectors on your furniture is another very popular design that offers a relaxed look and allows you to quickly update your furnishings. Tossing a few throws adds a homey and warm feel to the entire room.

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This is a very flexible style that allows just about any odd thing to serve as your next accessory, so you want to keep an eye out wherever you go. Old hats, charming plates, interesting frames, instruments for music or heirloom pieces can quickly turn into the centre of attention with this decorating style. Look in tag sales, antique shops, family member’s attics or flea markets to find a veritable treasure trove of items that are both decorative and useful.

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Bottom Line

Cottage style decorating is something you may want to check if you’re looking to get a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. These simple tips can help you embrace this trend and end up with a beautiful and functional space.


Six Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value When You Sell

It’s easier than you think to increase your home’s property value. You want to take a few steps before you get it ready to sell in order to get as much for it as you possibly can. We’re going to give you a few quick tips to help you increase your home’s value without breaking your budget below.

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Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

You’d be surprised how much adding a fresh coat of paint to the interior or exterior of your home can update the look. Take a look inside and look for any chipped, scuffed or worn areas and be prepared to add a coat of paint. Doorways and trim go through a lot, and it can quickly age a home. A bright white paint can update your space and give it a clean feel, or you can go for blends that mix and match with several styles.

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Update Your Flooring with Timber Flooring

Adding timber flooring is a way to create eye-catching looks, but it also adds an element of low maintenance and convenience to every room you put it in. If you have darker rooms, brighten them up with a lighter flooring colour, or you can go bold and get a vibrant hue with reds or golden tones. Timber flooring is an excellent way to easily add a lot of value to your home because it can last for decades.

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Add Kerb Appeal

Although updating the inside of your home is important, the exterior is just as important. Give your home a power wash to cut through the grime and cobwebs that built up over the years and can make your home look dingy. Consider repainting your trim or front door. Get a healthy yard, fix up your driveway and add a few landscaping trees, shrubs or flowers to add points of interest to your home. This all makes it more appealing to buyers when they go by your home.

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Update Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the focal point of your home for many people, and you want to update it a little at a time. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul. Instead, start by swapping out that stained sink that you’ve had forever for something more modern. Maybe you have an old microwave that you want to swap out, or you need to refinish your cabinets. Every small piece can boost your home’s overall value.

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Install Energy-Efficient Appliances

A little energy efficiency goes a long way when it comes to boosting your home’s value. You can install an energy-efficient refrigerator, oven, microwave, washer and dryer quickly and easily. Not only do they make your space flow better, but they can add a modern twist to your decor. This higher upfront cost comes back to you in the form of reduced utility bills and a boost in your home’s value.

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Install an HVAC System

If your home doesn’t have one already, consider adding in an HVAC system to keep the home cool in the winter and warm in the summer. For homes that already have one, schedule a routine cleaning or maintenance check to ensure that it’s running as it should be. Both large and small homes can benefit from having it.

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Bottom Line

These six quick tips can help you update your home and boost your value. You can do one or do multiple ones. Either way, you’ll see your home’s value climb when it comes time to sell it.