Traditional Cottage

With a sense of luxury and quaintness, Traditional Cottage is reminiscent of an English countryside home in the 19th century. It is a style that resonates with the longing for peaceful living and leaves an impression of blissful elegance. Traditional Cottage homes are museums full of history and stories.

Traditional Cottage

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Defining Traditional

Traditional design has an objective in formality. It uses symmetry, luxurious materials, layering effects, and rich detail to achieve this formality. Furniture has dark wood carved legs with tufting, rolled arms, and curved backs. Traditional homes have wingback chairs, chesterfield sofas, and cabriole tables. Furniture is styled after European designs of the 18th and 19th century. The layout is generally symmetrical and accessories are in pairs. Deep mahoganies, brass fixtures, and crystal chandeliers are very popular in most Traditional homes. Dark color palettes make Traditional feel more intimate. Upholstery is large and overstuffed which adds comfort. Pillows and curtains help with softening the room.

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Defining Cottage

Comfort is one of the Cottage styles main aspirations. Old worn materials give Cottage homes a softer look. Often Cottage homes have old wood ceiling beams, chalky stone fireplaces, and shiplap or bead-board walls. Neutral colors coordinate with the natural materials. However, there can be an introduction of color with splashes here and there. The outdoors are an inspiration for the accent colors– with blues from the sky and sea and greens from the grass and trees. These colors help to further blend the indoors with outdoors. Overall, Cottage homes want to be inviting and quaint. Already intimate rooms become more cozy with typical ambient Cottage lighting. Wall sconces, lamps, candles, and fireplaces accomplish the desired comforting atmosphere.

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Defining Traditional Cottage

Traditional design adds formality to the Cottage aspect while Cottage adds warmth and a touch of casual living to the Traditional. Both Traditional and Cottage furniture are in use together. Lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen, as well as quilts, can be used in conjunction with the formal European styled furniture. Mixing small-scale patterns of florals, stripes, and checks add a Cottage inclination. Generally, the color palette is soft, which is lighter than an exclusively Traditional home. Ambient lighting sets the entire mood of Traditional Cottage homes, making it important to keep this feature.

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Depending on what kind of home you live in, Traditional Cottage could have more of the Cottage architecture (like the picture above) or more of the Traditional architecture (like the picture below). If your home has Traditional architecture, adding large worn wood pieces of furniture creates a more intimate atmosphere and adds a Cottage feel.

Design by Park Hill Home/Via Town and Country Living

Materials are very important for Traditional Cottage homes. Traditional materials are often forfeited to the Cottage materials– deep mahoganies to the lighter worn woods, granite to brick and soft stones, and brass to worn metals. This is because Cottage is more of an implied design and can be harder to pick up on. Traditional design then is typically evident through symmetrical furniture placement, more ornate furniture, and lavish accessories like gilded mirrors.

Design by Jenna Sue Design

Easy Action Items to Make Your Home More Traditional Cottage

  • Update your lighting. By simply changing your chandeliers and pendants to something more rustic, your space will change quite drastically. A great place to start looking is Shades of Light. Pick light fixtures that are made of metal or wood and have graceful lines. Steer away from anything with too much ornate detail or from something too rustic and industrial.
  • Layer and cozy up your space with textiles. Pillows, blankets, and drapery add depth and the warm Cottage feel. Choose soft and worn looking fabrics like linens and cotton. And try to stay in neutral color palettes that have a tinge of warmth. Pottery Barn consistently has pillows that appeal to the Cottage homes, but there are plenty of other stores you could shop at as well.
  • Paint your walls something light, bright, and slightly warm. Be careful when picking paints because it will completely change the look and feel of the room, therefore stay away from dark and bright colors. One of our favorites for this style is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (search for it on Pinterest so that you get a better idea of what it actually looks like). This color is very light which will brighten the space, but it also has a touch of warm undertones that give any room a cozy feel.

Design by Lauren Leonard Interiors

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Knowing your style and having your home be that style, are two different things. It can be difficult to bring your style to life because of lack of time and lack of complete knowledge on how to execute the design. Let us help you get started with either a one hour virtual consultation or with another online design service. We would love to help you transform your space into your dream home!

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Not Your Style?

Is this style is not exactly your taste? No problem! Try to retake the quiz or check out these three blogs below that have some similarities to Traditional Cottage.

Traditional New England

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Traditional French Vintage

Design by French Country Cottage

Transitional Cottage

Design by Brooke Giannetti