10 steps to new cottage style

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It’s no wonder that cottage-style decorating is always a favourite as country style provides such a wide range of decorating options. Play up the cosiness factor in your home with our colour, pattern and design updates. Take a look at our 10 favourite designs for some inspirational and easy to achieve looks.

Floor-length floral curtains add a dash of country style to any room. Curtains are ideal for the hallway as they will stop any drafts blowing in and add a laid-back charm to any space. Team with stone or tiled flooring.

Add a row of pretty metal hooks in the hallway for storing all those essential for an authentic country feel.

If you have a small living room, adding a country feel to the space really works. Choose a compact vintage-style sofa and armchair, accessorise with a patchwork throw and cushions. Marry the look with an upholstered footstool and team with natural wood flooring and neutral walls. Accessorise with a simple posy of English country flowers on the windowsill or mantelpiece.

Create a country-style home office with a simple vintage-style desk and chair in pastel tones or natural wood. Accessorise with floral folders and an enamel ceiling lamp. Paint walls a neutral hue teamed with painted wooden floorboards.

Fill a painted cupboard or armoire in the kitchen with simple chinaware for a homely cottage feel. Add your favourite mismatched crockery for a relaxed country style.

A daybed is a lovely addition to any home. Layer with cushions and quilts and enjoy afternoon tea on the verandah on a summer’s afternoon. Complete the country look with and old-fashioned teapot and three-tiered cake stand.

Arrange metal chairs around an outdoor table freshened up with a floral tablecloth for an impromptu al fresco evening meal. Complete the country look with freshly cut English roses in a simple jug.

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