Cottage style décor, also known as beach décor or English cottage, has become increasingly popular, regardless of whether they’re homes by the coast.

If you’re wondering how to design your house to achieve the cottage feel, our team here at Today’s Cottage Living is here to help.

In this article I have included top trending cottage décor styles for 2022 so you can learn from talented interior designers that know exactly what it takes to make your cottage feel like a cozy oasis!

cottage style décor
Cottage style décor – Beach décor – English cottage

Cottage style décor has become more and more trendy in the last few years due to its cool and calming colors making anyone feel relaxed. This, alongside its worn and comfortable pieces offer a look that doesn’t cost a fortune and that almost anyone can afford.

When it comes to transforming your home with cottage design style, you should be considering touches such as linen curtains, sea glass, rattan chairs and white comforters. After all, the closer it looks to a gorgeous seaside cottage, the better!

Making changes to your home doesn’t have to be a huge, sudden change that costs a fortune. If you don’t have the budget to overhaul your entire home straight away, you can slowly begin to incorporate different textures, colors, and pieces of furniture that make your home feel more like a cottage.

Painting the interior of your cottage can be costly and time consuming, but you don’t have to do the entire thing in one go! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, as this will lead to you resenting the decorating process.

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Planning ahead is key, and approaching the space room by room will make the process seem much more manageable and enjoyable. It will also allow you to get creative without the worry of your entire home being upturned and uninhabitable as you work.

As with any ongoing project, it’s important to remain realistic when you’re slowly redecorating your home. The space isn’t going to feel like your home belongs in the Hamptons overnight – but that’s all part of the fun of it! 

However, little by little, it will begin to feel more and more like a cottage oasis, while also playing to the strengths and highlighting the uniqueness of each room in your home.

Below are a few ideas to help you get started, but don’t forget to add your own personal touches to reflect your families character and cottage country feel.

Cottage Style Décor Furniture 

The furniture in your home is one of the most important parts of making your home feel like a cottage. There are a variety of vintage, rustic, and shabby chic style pieces of furniture that will work beautifully to create the illusion of a cottage, even if you’re nowhere near the coast.

Consider opting for a rustic dining table with wicker or rattan chairs. This will create a nice contrast and will also add texture to the room.

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You can choose wicker baskets on open shelves or hang white cubbies as an organizing solution and to bring another layer of texture to the room. This is a great organizing strategy for a variety of different possessions, from laundry baskets to organizing your frequently used electronics in your living area.

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When it comes to choosing your bed frame, both distressed wood and wrought iron in either black or white works beautifully.

Light colored linen fabrics work wonderfully when it comes to switching up the bed sheets, and a few decorative pillows never go a miss on the bed!

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Cottage Décor Color Schemes

You’d be surprised how much a color scheme can transform the space within your home! When it comes to choosing paint colors for your home, you should consider colors that you associate with the coast, the sky, and the ocean.

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While coastal colors often include aqua, turquoise, periwinkle, duck egg blue, and sky blue, you’ll also want to consider warmer tones such as coral, pink and orange as these are the colors that people often associate with sunrise and sunset.

When it comes to choosing the fabrics and linens, you should opt for lighter colors such as white, taupe, cream, and beige.

Cottage Décor Lighting Ideas

Lighting is hugely important to create the right ambience in your home. You’ll want to make sure that you dot a variety of different lamps around the place to create a sense of coziness and so that you don’t have to rely solely on the main light in the room. 

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Lamps with bases that are green, blue and purple are relatively easy to source in the majority of décor stores, and will work well to compliment the cottage design style that you’re going for.

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You can even opt for lamps that are the shape of a shell and hang them on the wall, alongside wall hangings that add more texture to the space. 

Cottage Style Décor Windows

What makes a cottage so bright and airy is the windows that allow all the natural light into the space.

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Depending on which way your home is facing, the natural light can vary from home to home. However, of the light that you do get, you will want to ensure that you’re making the most of the natural light and how it hits certain rooms in order to replicate the breezy cottage homes you are aspiring to imitate.

When it comes to privacy at night, you should opt for white shutters or white wooden blinds. When choosing curtains, you should opt for linen curtains in light, neutral colors to give the room a beachy feel. 

Alternatively, if you’d prefer not to opt for white linen, you can try hanging cotton curtains in light pastel colors that compliment your color scheme.

Additional Touches 

When it comes to additional touches in your home, plants are a great way of making the space feel more lived in. You can opt for a variety of different colored plants that are of varying heights to bring a pop of color to the room.


Accent Pillows

Pillows can add accents to your furniture and can even create a focal point for the room if they have a unique design. Bearing this in mind, you could always add pillows with a nautical theme to your couch and chairs to tie in the coastal theme.

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Accent Blankets

Blankets are a great way of adding another texture to a room, especially when it comes to draping them over your furniture. In a room full of cool blues, you could opt for a cozy white blanket that will work to tie in other white accents in the room.

Sea Shells

Shell décor is another nod to the seaside that many people opt for in their homes. From mirrors that are shaped as shells, shell candles, and decorative shell bowls that can be dotted around the place, these small touches are bound to make you feel like you’re near the beach even if you’re landlocked.

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In summary 

Hopefully after reading this article you’re inspired to tackle your cottage or coastal home with some fresh new ideas.

Be creative and take your time to find those unique pieces that will make your cottage the oasis of your dreams. After all, you’re sculpting your dream!

Thank you for sharing your time with us at Today’s Cottage Living!

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Greg Jones

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