Warm up summer with cottage decor style
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.