Warm up sum­mer with cot­tage decor style

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CONNIE OLIVER

AT the first hint of warm weather, many Cana­di­ans re­treat to their cot­tages for a much needed es­cape af­ter a long, cold win­ter. Al­though a fun place to en­joy sum­mer week­ends, the decor in most cot­tages tends to be ne­glected and of­ten ends up a mix of mis­matched fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories.

Stylish, so­phis­ti­cated and func­tional cot­tage de­sign is a grow­ing trend. To help you up­date your sec­ond home in a sim­ple and af­ford­able way, Sharon Grech, colour & de­sign ex­pert at Ben­jamin Moore, and I share some of our tips on how to trans­form your space from shabby to chic. pot­tery on the slick cof­fee ta­ble is a nice jux­ta­po­si­tion. The bam­boo fur­ni­ture, while eclec­tic, adds tex­ture and a sec­ondary wooden el­e­ment to the space. With the right wall colour, a mis­matched fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sory group­ing be­comes a stylish, so­phis­ti­cated, cot­tage-chic dis­play.

For the fin­ish­ing touches, adorn walls with your cabin col­lectibles like ca­noe pad­dles, antlers and drift­wood. Dec­o­rate side ta­bles with func­tional dec­o­ra­tive trays host­ing a mix of rus­tic pot­tery, glass, and a few sleek, silver ac­ces­sories. A fire­place man­tle is a great place to add a colour­ful paint­ing, pho­to­graph or an ar­chi­tec­tural sal­vage find.

En­hance the look of your old wooden fur­ni­ture pieces with a paint DIY project us­ing vi­brant shades. Vin­tage pine beds, an­tique cof­fee ta­bles, and hand-me-down dressers, once up­dated, will add di­men­sion and colour to the cot­tage. Up­cy­cling old pieces will keep the makeover af­ford­able.

Don’t for­get about the kitchen cab­i­netry. A fresh, new colour can breathe new life into a dated or dark cot­tage kitchen. In­fuse the kitchen with col­lec­tions of vin­tage kitchen gad­gets and dishes for a retro flavour or go mod­ern rus­tic with stain­less steel fin­ishes mixed with wooden or brick el­e­ments.

Wooden floors can be trans­formed with painted faux rugs or other de­sired de­signs. My hus­band and I painted a black and white tile de­sign on our cot­tage kitchen floor last year. It makes quite a state­ment and suits our retro kitchen theme. It was an af­ford­able and easy project to com­plete. stain. Darker-coloured stain is a pop­u­lar trend cur­rently and this trend isn’t go­ing away any­time soon. Main­tain­ing the ex­te­rior on a reg­u­lar ba­sis will help pro­tect the cot­tage from the wear and tear of the el­e­ments.

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