The last interior decorating style I wrote about was Country in, Are You a “Little Bit Country”? Maybe your design personality is casual but not so rustic. Cottage Style is similar to Country but a little more refined. Metals have more sheen than patina, porcelain is used instead of stoneware, and quilts are usually a solid or overall print with a design “quilted” over it instead of patchwork.
Accessories in this style are made of natural “found” items such as rocks, branches, and sea shells. Flea market finds are popular. Either used just as they came or cleaned up a little and painted or stained. “Shabby Chic” falls into this style category.
Sisal rugs are found in a cottage style space and paint colors tend to be more on the pastel side. Painted and natural woods are common and less weathered than Country. Ruffles on fabric slipcovers and curtains are also popular in this decorating style.
You still have an informal, “come in and put your feet up” feel to rooms decorated in Cottage Style, but it is less rustic in nature than Country. Cottage Style is also more feminine and dainty in feel with rounded corners and gingerbread trim. There are always exceptions to every rule, of course.
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