Home is Where The Heart(h) is: Country Cottage Style Decorating

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Sheela Kedarinath

Home is Where The Heart(h) is: Country Cottage Style Decorating Loading

Hello again!

Browse the internet and you will find a variety of articles which leave you a tad confused. Fortunately, when I had just got married and was trying to find a style of decor that suited me, we had no internet – rather, no access to it! With my husband in the Air Force and socialising at its peak, we had to do up our home with the limited resources we had. As a newly-wed with rose-tinted glasses, we did the same thing you have probably done – made a list of things we had to buy to do up our home. We were then promptly posted out of the establishment and had to lug everything along with us wherever we went.

As I mentioned in my previous article, you should do up your home the way you want it to be – ask yourself, what is your INNER style? Is it traditional, modern, contemporary, eclectic, kitschy, country … or a mix of a couple of styles? (Link to previous article)

Let us touch upon the Country Cottage style of decorating today. Here’s a picture to give you an idea of what your kitchen could look like —

Some of the elements that go into making this décor are given below:

Walls: In case you have white or off white coloured walls, this is perfect! Preferred colours would be muted, pastel shades.

Curtains: Fabrics which feel soft and could be floral or with stripes or white lace. If your curtains are printed with flowers, feel free to have pleated curtains and if you are using lace, keep it simple!

Dining room: Your dining table should be nice and sturdy, painted white or made of rubber wood. If you have a table that is dark wood no problem! Just cover it up with a nice striped or checked table cloth. Place a jar of flowers on it and see how pretty it looks! The seat covers could be done in floral or stripes and match the tie backs to the colour of the cover.

Living room: The sofa should be so comfy-looking it invites everyone to sink into it. Use muted shades or have an extra chair or recliner which is floral or striped to make your room look bright. Use wicker furniture or any mismatched furniture which has character and clean lines. Colour or paint an old desk that you have and give it a distressed look.

Bedroom: Focus on accessories like lamp shades, book shelves, duvets and bed covers with ruffles and lace and little knick-knacks that make up your bedroom or children’s room.

Bathroom: Do it Yourself! Keep floral or white, muted shade towels. Use the odd set of bottles you have always been meaning to give away. Or that coffee mug which you are fed up with but can’t get yourself to throw away — these could be used to store toothbrushes and your toothpaste.

Balcony, terrace or patio gardens: If you have a balcony or a terrace area, you could paint your pots a lovely colour. How about growing rambling roses on an arch? Window boxes or planters with pretty colourful flowers popping out of your containers only makes it more cottage like. Add a water can which is coloured bright with flowers painted on it and you are done!

Window treatments: Colour the window frames and grills white and use plain glass. Refrain from drawing attention to the window. Instead, let your focal point be flowers and the window containers outside.

Floor décor: You will be surprised to see how much beauty a throw rug or carpet can lend to a room. Use throw rugs which are bright in colour or mellow, depending on your furniture.

Accessories: Accessorize! If you like a particular photo which has that homey look, frame it and hang it. Or frame a photo from the magazine of a cover. Book lamps, antique plates, your grandma’s sugar container all serve to give you a cosy cottage feel.

Imagine a living room or family room which has white walls. All you have is an overstuffed couch and two arm chairs. If you ask me, it couldn’t get better! Place the couch across a wall that you do not use, two arm chairs facing it. All you need is a few cushions and a rug to make it come alive. Take a ceramic jug — the older the better, stick in a bunch of roses or bright flowers to complement the cushions and presto, you have a ready living room.

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In the next article, we will explore the Kitsch style of houses. Happy decorating !

If you have any questions, feel free to write to me at homedecoryourway@gmail.com and I will revert to you as soon as possible.





Sheela Kedarinath has around 20 years of varied experience in the corporate world. She has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility sector and has also been managing administration for an MNC for a long period of time. In her personal life, she is creative and passionate about the various aspects of interior decoration. Sheela’s home and garden are her pride and joy. She has added value to a lot of her friend’s homes and balcony gardens in the last 20 years.

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