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Monday, April 23

design class: cottage style

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

I thought it might be fun to have a Design Style class so everyone could get to know a few details for individual design styles. There is so much talk about style in home decor… do you think you could pinpoint your style if asked?

Remember, there are no set rules when it comes to design or style, it really just boils down to personal likes and dislikes.

To review the Design Styles that we have covered so far, click here. How about today we take a look at Cottage Style?

cottage style

Cottage style has a colorful, comfortable look characterized by painted or decorated furniture with graceful lines, weathered finishes, textural elements such as baskets, beadboard walls and natural-fiber rugs, and colors taken straight from a lush flower garden.

Here's how the style breaks down:

Color: The palette is purely botanical based. Light apricot, dusty pink and shades of green are set off with brighter spots of color such as fuchsia and sunflower yellow.

Furnishings: Iron and wicker furnishings are made comfortable and stylish with cushions covered in floral fabrics. Secondhand wood furniture gets a fresh look with white paint and new knobs.

Fabrics: Floral fabrics are paired with stripes and solids and trim and fringe for layer upon layer of visual interest.

Finishes: Surfaces show the wear and tear of age without looking overly rustic. A combination of surfaces and sheens coexist casually, such as a piece of glazed pottery paired with a weathered tin planter.via

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