9 steps to a nostalgic country cottage look

Want to get country cottage decor in your home? Follow our 9 rules to the perfect country cottage look. Create cosy cottage rooms with our winter decorating rulebook. Team warming shades of mustard with tweed and leather for a look that has all the charm

Start at ground level! Choose an earthy-toned carpet and team with a comfortable plaid wing chair and leather chesterfield sofa.

1/9 Decorate from the floor up

living room with fireplace and leather sofa

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Find cosy, striped carpets at Ulster Carpets. Visit John Lewis for this winged armchair and Bhs for a luxurious leather sofa.

2/9 Cosy up by the fireplace

lady with yellow shocks

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Pull on blanket-soft socks and relax by the fireside with a mug of hot tea.

Snap up these Trussell caramel socks at Joules and this Penguin Classics mug at After Noah.

3/9 Choose mix-and-match fabrics

home office wooden desk and chair

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Layer fabrics and keep draughts at bay by combining linen curtains with a plaid blind.

Visit Romo for a wide range of curtains and Linwood for this fabric blind.

4/9 Check out checks!

lamp and books

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Use offcuts of wallpaper to spruce up a lampshade. This tweed design is perfect for a home office.

This Bella Figura table lamp has been covered in Stephen wallpaper from Sandberg.

5/9 Create a nostalgic feature wall

hallway with white wall and curtain

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Fill your home with colour. Create feature walls with a quirky travel-design wallpaper.

Find this James wallpaper, and many other beautiful designs, at Sandberg.

6/9 Snuggle up with throws

armchair with cushion

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Surroud yourself with throws. Spend a few minutes with a needle and thread to customise a plain design with college badges.

Find cosy blankets at The Atlantic Blanket Company and sew on crested blaster badge motifs from MacCulloch & Wallis.

7/9 Get cosy bathroom chic

bathroom with wooden flooring and white bathtub

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Back a waterproof shower curtain with a curtain made from linen tweed to get the cosy country cottage look in your bathroom.

Visit Elanbach for a tweed shower curtain.

8/9 Perk up bathroom storage

cloth bags

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Put toiletries and other sundries in colourful striped drawstring bags to keep your space clear from clutter.

Find this Stripy Jack laundry bag at Runaway Coast.

9/9 Get the shade right

paint catalogue book

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Choose paints in warm shades for door frames and wainscoting.

For hardwearing paint, visit Fired Earth for The National Trust Collection.

Looking for more country cottage decorating ideas? Check out our video guide to a cosy living room and our 10 steps to new cottage style.

Which of these looks are you going to try? Let us know in the comments box below!


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.