Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cottage-Style Bedrooms

Better Homes & Gardens have some great tips on how to achieve a cozy cottage style bedroom retreat! You can mix calming pastels, pretty florals, and vintage accessories.

Add depth to a classic white-and-cream cottage palette by playing with texture. An old rug remnant repurposed as artwork provides a rich backdrop for a white-painted bed frame, crisp white sheets and a mix of toile and damask pillows. The simple matte finish on a painted side table takes on an elegant patina when topped with an ornate iron candelabra crowned with petite silk shades.

Adorn the windows and headboard with soft taupe and cream toile fabric. Add an iron chandelier painted the same mocha color as the walls and a carved wooden mirror finished with off-white paint to match the romance of the fabric.

Salvaged finds, such as a dressmaker's mannequin and a cake stand-turned-jewelry display, come to life against the backdrop of crisp white walls and bedding. A distressed blue chest delivers storage and an attractive display space. An old wire shoe rack accessorised with dried bouquets of flowers works in conjunction with shutters to turn the windows in character-rich focal points.


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