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Cottage Style Furniture - Get Ideas for Cottage Style Interior Design

When we think of cottage style furniture & decor, these four “rules” come to mind: 

1. Banish the bland interior.  Cottage furniture uses color and pattern to help define space. 

2. Add texture to your space.  Mix and match using casual bright fabrics on your slipcovered sofa.  Use florals and stripes, checks and plaids, solids and patterns in a coordinated casual cottage furniture theme. 

3. Create an authentic interior.  Emphasize the old and mix with the new.  In a typical American-style cottage you are likely to find painted cottage furniture, reclaimed farmhouse tables, and cottage wicker, with and without distressed surfaces. 

4. Set the stage with wood flooring and cottage style area rugs.  A cottage floor is meant to be walked on and easy to care for! 

Above all else, cottage furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed.  Just as in fashion, the right cottage style accessories help make the ‘look’.  Let your personality shine through.  There are many different ways our cottage furniture and décor can help to create your perfect cottage home – here are three of our favorites:

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Dark finished wood stands out against classic black and white painted finishes in traditional decorating – classic cottage takes this idea one step further by incorporating unexpected touches of color!  Whether it is a signature painted piece or a hidden detail, a fun fabric print or bold artwork, these individual elements help make a classic cottage a home.


Everything goes when it comes to casual cottage furniture and decorating!  Mix and match to your heart’s delight in your casual cottage, combining new and old, found and bought, vintage and keepsakes.  It’s your choice how eclectic you want your casual cottage style to be.

Your casual cottage also needs a place for family and friends to gather for an impromptu pot-luck dinner – a rustic farmhouse table in your dining room, kitchen or porch is just the place to do that!  Need extra seating?  Grab that cottage bench from the foyer or cottage wicker chairs from the deck.



Weathered and worn furniture invites guest into a calming retreat from everyday life, with plenty of comfy chairs and ottomans to encourage them to put up their feet and enjoy a cup of tea.




Classic cottage furniture and decor emphasizes clean lines and classic shapes that stand the test of time.  While a slightly more tailored approach is used in classic cottage decorating, there is still a welcoming, comfortable feeling to the furniture style, color, and fabric choices.  The centerpiece to a classic cottage living room may be a rolled arm, upholstered sofa with exposed turned legs, while in the classic cottage bedroom, a painted four post bed might take center stage.


Cultivate a lived-in relaxing vibe with cotton slipcovered furniture, weathered finishes, and rustic touches.  And don’t forget the color!  Bold reds, bright blues, daring yellows – all have a home in casual cottage furniture and decorating.


Romantic cottage furniture and decorating calls for a more feminine touch, with soft pastels, curved lines, and pretty prints.  Choosing a more neutral palette for slipcovered furniture and painted furniture in the living room allows for the details to shine – perhaps needlepoint pillows, lace curtains, and floral quilts?

Intricate wrought iron chandeliers and vintage iron beds are a must for romantic cottage furniture and decor. Another must? A large pine hutch to display your china collection, mismatched tea sets or enamelware pitchers.




Need more cottage style decorating ideas?  Check out our blog The Distinctive Cottage.

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Cottage ideas for a living room: cottage lounge inspiration |

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Cottage living rooms are loved for being cozy spaces full of character and rustic charm. When it comes to decorating yours, first look to what you have – historic cottage living rooms are awash with beautiful original features from rustic beams, timber weatherboarding or exposed stone – so build a scheme around these living room ideas and features to really make them shine. 

Secondly, take inspiration from nature. Cottages are often surrounded by idyllic countryside, so cottage decorating ideas should naturally include earthy and muted colors inspired by the landscape. These are a brilliant foundation to build upon, alongside neutrals to keep spaces calm and bright. Furnishing with natural materials and finishing with flora and fauna prints, or classic checks and stripes, will also ensure timeless charm. 

Cottage living room ideas 

'If it’s not cozy, then it’s not a cottage!' says LA based interior designer Stefani Stein . 'Start with comfortable seating, incorporate a variety of textures and then layer in a patterned throw pillow or two. .. for a great cozy-yet-calm vibe, I like to include earthy hues, dusty palettes and a hint of leather.'

Read on to discover more cottage living room ideas and inspiration for creating the perfect country retreat. 

1. Embrace architectural features

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Cottages are loved for their original features, from their rustic wooden ceiling beams and stone flagstones, to inglenook fireplaces. If you're lucky enough to have a property with beautiful architectural features, then it's a good idea to use them as the starting point for your interior design, creating a scheme around them that complements their aged patina. 

Taking center stage in this grey living room, these exposed Cotswold stone walls really sing when set against greyish blue tones.

2. Furnish with natural materials and textures

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Intertwined with the landscapes which surrounded them, historic vernacular cottages are often built with the very stone they sit on or wood sourced locally, so what better way to pay homage to their origins than to furnish them than with earthy natural materials? 

Lay a textural sisal or seagrass rug and choose handcrafted furniture made from FSC timber, or cane and rattan, with seating upholstered in natural fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen.  

3. Choose an uplifting color palette

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As spaces to relax and unwind in, it's important that a cottage living room has a calming, uplifting living room color scheme. Fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott explains how blue and yellow make a great pairing for cottage living rooms. 

'Lemon yellow and soft smoke blue complement each other so perfectly. The tone of each of these colors is gentle which draws you into a room. This shade of yellow (above), which I call Hay, is so fresh, making you feel happy, full of hope and sunshine. On the other hand blue if often seen as peaceful and secure.'

4. Create a cozy feel with a woodburning stone 

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If there's one thing a cottage living room can't be without it's a living room fireplace. The cozy heart of the room which everyone gravitates towards, the fire is the perfect place to kick your boots off, put your feet up and relax by after those long country walks.  

5. Choose comfortable, traditional sofas 

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A sofa is a big purchase – it's where we unwind after long days and is the centerpiece of the living room, so getting the balance of comfort and style just right is important. 

To create a classic, cozy cottage feel consider a traditional Howard-style design with a soft curves and a dropped, scroll arms. Choosing loose feather-wrapped foam cushions will give that comfortable sink-in feel and relaxed look without the constant need to fluff up. 

6. Mix up modern and vintage furniture for an eclectic look

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Cottage living rooms are places to relax and unwind but also to socialize and entertain, so factoring in an array of versatile seating options to accommodate guests is a good idea. 

Mixing up styles and materials is a great way to achieve a layered, homely look, as interior designer Stefani Stein explains. 

'I prefer a space that has a bit of the unexpected and that means you can mix a shelter arm piece, a channel tufted item, a button tufted element and some great vintage finds. And, don’t be afraid of allowing the space to be eclectic – it's perfect if a pattern or color doesn’t quite match with the rest. 

7. Use mirrors to maximize light in a cottage living room

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Hanging a series of mirrors is a great way to maximize natural light in small spaces, and can make for a stylish feature wall, too. For classic elegance, try white frames on blue walls – you can't go wrong with this timeless color combination. 

Don't miss our cottage lighting ideas for pretty, practical solutions for brightening dark spaces.

8. Create a cozy window seat

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Cottages are all about feeling relaxed and cozy, and what could be better than curling up on a window seat with a nice cup of tea while you take in views of surrounding countryside?

'Window seats are super useful in a small cottage sitting room for extra places to be. The perfect place to sit to watch the outside world from and read a book,' says fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott.  

'Make sure you make a really good thick window seat and add lots of cushions to so that the space is really comfortable. Either dress the window with a blind or have curtains that draw back past the recess do they don’t interfere with the window seat.'

9. Layer neutral shades to keep spaces bright yet interesting 

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Cottage living rooms can be small and lack light due to small windows – opting for white or off white walls throughout is an easy way to maximize any natural light. However, it can leave a room feeling cold and empty. 

To counter this, ensure you furnish with lots of texture and neutral shades. Try wooden pieces in a washed, light grey finish with armchairs upholstered in an oaty, textural linen ticking fabric as pictured in this space.

For cottage kitchen ideas, don't miss our inspiring image gallery.

10. Bring a cheerful color pop with vibrant floral prints

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Keeping cottage living rooms neutral is a great way of making them feel bigger, but it doesn't mean you can't introduce some bold prints. Try adding in floral prints through curtains and cushions to bring color and pattern to your space – they can be easily changed with the seasons and if tastes change.

11. Fit floor to ceiling bookshelves 

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Fitting floor to ceiling book shelves are not only great for storage in small spaces, but will give cottage living rooms a snug, homely feel, too. While we love them, the irregular angles and lack of straight lines in old cottages can cause difficulties when furnishing, so getting a carpenter to build in bespoke shelving is a brilliant solution. You could even paint them to make a feature of them as pictured here. 

12. Add color, pattern and comfort with curtains

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Though they can be overlooked, cottage curtain ideas are an important finishing touch of any scheme – they control light, privacy and add a layer of insulation to cottage living rooms that can suffer from cold drafts.  

To make cottages cozy, homely spaces, curtains or fabric blinds – or both – are one of the best options; their soft pleats lend a relaxed feel to a space. 

What’s more, there are infinite prints to choose from, whether it be country checks or bold botanical prints. If you’re looking. to create a feeling of quintessential country charm you can’t go wrong with a faded floral linen such as this Roses design from Kate Forman .

13. Choose elegant and timeless sofas

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The key to mastering cottage style is about creating a relaxed, cosy atmosphere that will endure across the years, so be sure to invest in good quality, timeless pieces of furniture. Choosing traditional, Howard-style sofas with elegant curves and loose, sink-in cushions, is guaranteed to bring comfort, but are also perfect for creating a laid-back look.  

'These practical classic ‘go to’ sofa styles can be used in modern and traditional interiors,' says Sarah Vanrenen, co-founder of Vanrenen GW Designs. 'A fixed back is less messy and easier to maintain and the small arms also take up much less room and give more sitting space.'

'We chose the light blue for the walls as the room needed a pale, soft colour to bring in more light and this works really well, it’s brighter, soft and gentle,' she adds.

14. Embrace dark colors

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Cottage living rooms can often be on the smaller side, and as a result we often lean to decorating with lighter colors, however, dark living rooms can look brilliant in cottages, helping to create a wonderful cosy and cocooning atmosphere. When decorating with deeper tones, be sure to introduce plenty of texture as well as some accessories in bright accent colors to lift the space suggests Andrea Childs, editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine.

'Don't be afraid to use a deep color in a small cottage living room with low ceilings. This rich green shade – Wooded Dell by Morris & Co – is reminiscent of sitting beneath a cool, shady canopy of trees,' says Andrea Childs.

'To lighten the atmosphere for your interiors scheme, think about how the woodland floor contains texture and touches of bright color from wildflowers and ground-cover plants. This yellow cabinet and complementary cushions hit the spot to create a comfortable cottage living room inspired by the shades of nature.'

15. Decorate with antiques

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Decorating with antiques is a lovely way to bring character to a cottage living room. Featuring distressed patinas and imbued with fascinating history, antiques can be beautifully decorative and help interiors to tell a story. In this neutral Southampton, New York home designed by Becca Interiors, antique fixtures, furniture and objects have been used throughout to bring texture and interest to the space. 

'We restored the living room space to its original layout, with the fireplace serving as the heart of the room. Although we could not reconstruct the original fireplace, we sourced an antique pine mantle, paired with hand picked vintage brick to frame the firebox and add an antique affect,' says Becca Casey, founder of Becca Interiors .

'A mixture of found vintage accessories are staged throughout, mostly sourced from vintage stores and markets in Connecticut and New York.'

16. Factor in plenty of ambient lighting

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Cottage style is all about creating a cosy, relaxed atmosphere, so be sure to factor in plenty of mood lighting in the form of living room wall lighting and table lamps.

'In my view lighting is key to the atmosphere of a room,' says interior designer Penny Morrison . 'I always light rooms with lamps only, except where there are very dark corners where I will put small down lights in the corners of the room on dimmer switches which can be used to gently enhance the illusion of daylight on a really dark day.' 

Many cottage have beautiful original walls, so when it comes choosing cottage lighting ideas for a living room, table lamps may be a preferable option over wall lights as they can be easily plugged in to create instant atmosphere without impacting the fabric of the building.

Pippa is Content Editor on Homes & Gardens online contributing to Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors print issues. A graduate of Art History and formerly Style Editor at Period Living, she is passionate about architecture, creating decorating content, interior styling and writing about craft and historic homes. She enjoys searching out beautiful images and the latest trends to share with the Homes & Gardens audience. A keen gardener, when she’s not writing you’ll find her growing flowers on her village allotment for styling projects.

Living room in the country: 73 interior design ideas from

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Designing a living room in a country house is a task of how to make it stylish and not go broke. Hardly anyone is willing to spend their annual budget on a country house. Especially if he is not an active summer resident. We figure out what techniques will help turn this room into an attractive and functional space at a minimum cost.

6 tips for decorating your living room

1. Choose simple style
2. Leave the natural texture of wood
3. Use vintage
4. Don't be afraid to experiment
5. Add Art
6. Keep order

Provence, classics, hi-tech and even minimalism - a large country house can be decorated in almost any style. But on the condition that you live there permanently. Otherwise, this beauty will be impractical. Minimalism requires designer furniture, classic style is good only in spacious areas and also with expensive sofas and wardrobes. And Provence obliges to observe the style. nine0005

Our first recommendation is to choose an unobtrusive style that blends easily with others. These include Scandinavian and modern, partly eclectic. A chalet is a logical solution for a log house. But, if you have an ordinary brick house, you should not flirt with alpine motifs.

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The most obvious flooring solution is parquet or laminate, which imitates wood as naturally as possible. In the common room, the environment is not very harsh, even if there is a dining room here. Therefore, both coatings are justified from a practical point of view. But it is better to refuse linoleum. It will definitely not look cozy in the hall of a country house. As a budget replacement for parquet, wood-effect porcelain stoneware is suitable. True, there will be no pleasant texture and tactile sensations from walking on such a coating. nine0005

It's great if there are several wooden objects in the room: for example, a coffee table, a TV stand or a wardrobe. Don't let the color difference fool you. In the design of a living room in a country house in a wooden house, three tones of wood are allowed in the floor and cabinet furniture. But on the condition that part of it is still made in neutral colors: white, gray or black.

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We are talking about those pieces of furniture that can harmoniously fit into a modern interior. For example, a restored grandmother's chest of drawers from the times of the USSR will look great in the design of a living room. But with a high-tech wardrobe from the zeros, the technique is unlikely to work. The fact is that things made in the 20th century have received a second reading today. Western designers are actively stylizing modern style under the middle of the last century. Refined smooth forms, cabinet and upholstered furniture with legs, wood and a restrained palette are the main characteristics of this trend. If you want the interior to look expensive, pay attention to the mid-century style. nine0005 12

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The mass market is a great way to save money when it comes to country living room design. And to make chairs or a wardrobe not too recognizable, we offer a couple of customization methods.

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Pictures are much easier. In the large room they hang a diptych and a triptych, and a large oil painting. The latter can be hung instead of TV above the fireplace, the interior of the living room in the country will immediately look much more spectacular. And you can make your own gallery on the entire wall. In a small room, they limit themselves to a couple of works, preferably graphics or watercolors, you can take a photo - oil can look too pompous.

When compiling a bright gallery, consider a few points:

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The second point is also related to your frequent absence: dampness, cold, dust negatively affect the condition of the finish, so you should choose high-quality materials for it, which, even in harsh conditions, will last for more than one year.

The third nuance depends on the heating and time of use of the country house. Do you use it only in summer or do you also come in winter? In the first case, the walls and ceiling should calmly survive the frost, in the second, keep in mind that natural materials will narrow and expand due to temperature changes, which can adversely affect their appearance. nine0005

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What to consider when decorating?

Making a living room in a country house begins with the dismantling of the old finishes and the selection of new finishing materials. They must meet the requirements:

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    Environmental friendliness. Some types of board materials, wallpaper and plastic emit harmful substances into the air, which is unacceptable for living rooms. nine0121
  2. Water resistance. Under conditions of climate change, condensation can form, which will harm unprotected coatings.
  3. Durability. It is unlikely that you want to do repairs every 2-4 years. Therefore, it should last at least 6-7 years.
  4. Profitability. Still, a country house is a temporary shelter, so it is not advisable to invest as much money in its repair as in an apartment.

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Start at the very top. The most budgetary way to ennoble the ceiling is to whitewash or paint it with waterproof paint. Often in the design of a living room in a country house, a tree is used: lining, false timber, barn board. Wooden beams are suitable to decorate and complete the composition. A wooden ceiling looks especially good in chalet, country (natural shades), Provence, shabby chic (painted white) styles.

The next step is the walls. Experts recommend sweeping aside paper wallpapers, drywall (not water resistant) at the stage of choosing materials for the living room. Valid options for wall decoration:

Among these examples, you need to choose 1-3 of those that will fully match the style of your future living room in a country house. The most popular due to the low price and "warmth" was the lining: it is installed vertically (makes the walls higher), horizontally (expands the space), combined with wallpaper, paint, stone, brick, tile.

Important! Before installing a wooden lining, treat the walls and the tree itself with a compound that prevents the appearance of mold and fungus.

The floor is laid last. Wood, tile is suitable as a floor covering. It is better to refuse laminate and linoleum in conditions of high humidity - the laminate will swell, and a fungus will form under the linoleum. From wooden, choose a grooved or parquet board.

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How to furnish a living room?

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Many are accustomed to transporting furniture to the dacha, which is already tired in the apartment. In general, this is a good option to save money and reduce garbage, but make sure that the interior looks stylish, and not an eclectic bunch of miscellaneous items. nine0005

Quite old cabinet furniture (tables, shelving, cabinets, chests of drawers) can be restored: proper care will make it look better and last for many more years. It is permissible to paint a piece that does not need repair: for example, if it does not fit into the overall composition in color or you want to make a bright or dark accent.

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0004 The main subject of any room is a sofa, a country house is no exception. Very old models can be dragged on their own or turn to professionals. With the help of upholstery, you will not only extend the life of upholstered furniture, but also be able to adjust it to the style you need.

If your living room in the country often becomes a meeting place, complement the sofa with armchairs, poufs, chairs to your taste.

Another obligatory attribute of a place to relax is a coffee table. According to the rules of ergonomics, it should be 5-10 cm below the seat. The size is chosen based on the sofa: a tiny table will get lost near a huge corner structure, and a massive one will look ridiculous next to a two-seater sofa. nine0005

Important! Furniture for a country interior can be made independently: from pallets, vegetable boxes and other unnecessary containers, even from plastic bottles.

See the video for an example of a pouffe.

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A fireplace in the living room is optional, but highly desirable: it will give additional comfort and warmth, warm you up on a cold autumn evening, and set the right mood.

A real fireplace requires a chimney: it is laid during the construction phase. Make a corner around it, in which you will be happy to come to relax after a hard day. If there is none, put an artificial one: electric or candle. nine0005

The living room in a country estate often also acts as a dining room: a table and chairs are placed between the seating area and the kitchen, it is a kind of buffer. In addition, with such a layout, it is convenient to set the table - you do not have to ply with plates or cups across the entire hall.

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How to decorate a living room: choosing decor and textiles

To be truly comfortable in the hall, do not forget about decorations. First of all, textiles: in the form of blankets and pillows on the sofa, a warm carpet on the floor, cute transparent curtains or thick curtains on the windows, a beautiful festive tablecloth on the table. All these seeming little things make your interior different from others: homely, comfortable, stylish. nine0005

Important! Choose textiles according to the style of the room: Provence - a pattern with small flowers, country and chalet - a cage and fur, Scandi - a plain or geometric print.

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The decor is also chosen depending on the style direction of the cottage:

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Modern country interior design options: photos, styles and ideas

The style of the interior of the living room in the country is the starting point of the entire project. It is he who determines the choice of materials for decoration, the appearance of furniture, layout, decor. nine0005

A rustic-style living room in a country house can be found most often. At the same time, one should distinguish the country style with its rough but warm wood, muted tones, checkered tablecloths from the Russian traditional direction (lace, embroidery, white textiles, painted wood look harmonious).

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Living rooms in the country house in light colors can be made in the Scandinavian style (preferably white, beige, gray), Provence, shabby chic (white and pastel light shades). The first is more modern, the second is rustic, the third is an amazing tandem of luxury, practicality, rural style. nine0005

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Practical solutions for a small room

The arrangement of a small living room in a country house involves a minimal set of furniture and decor, mostly light shades, an abundance of natural light, artificial lighting.

Choose space-saving furnishing items: a small sofa and a couple of small armchairs will take up much less space than a huge modular sofa. The same applies to the table and other furniture - the more minimalistic their design, the more space will remain in the room. nine0005

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Use the standard techniques to increase space in a country house: