Decorating Your Rental Cottage
Light, airy, clean, uncluttered and relaxing. Sound like heaven? Just the kind of place you would like to own or rent. Actually, it takes very little to make your cottage into a little corner of paradise for yourself and your guests. Just add little paint and a few strategic touches and voila! Your dream cottage is complete!
The best foundation of any cottage decor is a clean, de-cluttered space with a fresh coat of paint in white or soft colors of nature, especially the sea. The paint should be a calming color that will serve as a neutral background for any special touches you add.
Once your background is in place, you can chose accessories to add interest to your space. Add natural elements like sea shells in baskets or jars, a piece of driftwood used to hang curtains or used as candleholders, and seagrass-filled wicker baskets. Yard sale and flea market finds can be added to accentuate the casual and eclectic style. Faded floral or plaid fabrics are a perfect touch and add a feeling of lived-in elegance.
In any cottage style, plants can be added in old watering cans, wicket baskets, mason jars, or stoneware crocks. Plants always add life to any décor. Flowers can be put in an old bowl or pitcher, even an imperfect one. Use fresh or dried flowers depending on the season.
Remember that cottage style is less formal, and you can combine pieces that you already have. If you feel the piece looks too "new," try adding an antiqued finish from a kit. Outdoor furniture such as wicker or rattan can be repurposed to furnish your cottage. A fresh coat of white paint and a few colorful cushions are all that is needed.
Your cottage should look "lived in" and comfortable. Remove the heavy curtains and let the light shine through the windows. Bring elements of the outdoors inside with plants, flowers and natural woods. Make it a place where you can be happy and relaxed and your guests will be happy and relaxed as well.
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