English Country Cottage


By Maya Millar

How to Get the Look

  • Use pale paint colours — walls can be white, cream or eggshell to make the room appear larger, or try soft shades of blue, yellow and sage green.
  • The English Country Cottage is the perfect decor aesthetic if your home has flooring made of pine, oak, or maple. Leave them bare, with runners or area rugs to protect only the high-traffic areas.
  • Decorate your windows with pretty lace curtains or a floral fabric.
  • This design style is all about being easy to care for, so a slip-covered, oversize sofa is a must. Try a fabric in a cabbage rose print, where the colour is picked up in other details in the room.
  • Adorn your walls with framed botanical prints, animals or historical events.
  • Have a bay window? What could be a more perfect place to build a window seat to indulge in the most British of traditions — a cup of tea?
  • Looking for a weekend project that will completely transform a room into an English Country Cottage? Install beaded board to the walls. This look, often used in kitchens and bathrooms, is clean, casual and timeless.
  • Every proper English Country Cottage has a large freestanding cupboard,  handy both for storage and to display treasured collections.
  • The exterior is as important as the interior when trying to achieve an English Country Cottage look. The garden should feel as carefree as the aesthetic indoors — plant bursts of colourful blooms, and roses or ivy to climb trellises and arbors. Don’t forget to furnish the garden with a wrought-iron garden bench and perhaps even birdhouse.




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