Create a Cozy Cottage Inspired Interior

Eclectic Ideas for Small Spaces

cottage style living room with swing

A cottage styled home is all about cozy features with a warm lived in aesthetic. Think comfy slipcovered furniture, eclectic flea market finds, and a mix of weathered and textural pieces made of timber, painted wood, wicker, and natural fibers. When it comes to picking color schemes, and patterns it is all about soothing hues from muted to vibrant. The trick is to choose furnishings that convey a casual and welcoming feeling. For your inspiration explore our favorite cottage inspired homes.

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    Beadboard Paneling

    cozy cottage bedroom with beadboard
    Nicola O'Mara

    Beadboard (narrow vertical planks of wood) is a hallmark of cottage style that evokes a farmhouse or beach bungalow vibe. During this cottage renovation, UK based interior designer Nicola O'Mara covered half a bedroom wall with bespoke beadboard.

    Beadboard was once used to protect walls from dings, dents, and splashes. And while beadboards can go up to the ceiling, it is typically installed on the lower third of a wall where damage can happen. Notice the glass bubble chandeliers on both sides of the bed? You can buy similar ones for less than $200 each at World Market.

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    Coastal Cottage Style

    charming California guest cottage
    Braun and Adams Interior Design

    You can almost feel ocean breezes looking at this San Francisco Bay guesthouse by Braun and Adams Interior Design. 

    The tiny abode incorporates plenty of ideas for mastering the coastal cottage look without going too beachy. For a light and airy feeling, the designers stuck with a neutral color scheme and simple patterns. Covering the sofa on the right is a shabby chic styled slipcover in cream. A square pouf with nautical stripes doubles as a coffee table. On the floor are two handmade jute rugs. Natural fabrics make the bed more inviting. Throw pillows in coral add a splash of seaside style. The painted end table near the bed and the wicker armchair across from the sofa are both classic pieces of cottage style furniture. 

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    Rustic Cottage Style Kitchen

    cottage kitchen with bespoke cabinets

    In this tiny Danish cottage spotted on Danbolig, clever cabinetry carves out a teensy cooking space. The oak woodwork is reminiscent of a woodland cabin.

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    Modern Addition for a Country Cottage

    Tiny cottage kitchen addition
    Kitchen Architecture

    Desperate for extra square footage in your cottage? A modern glass-box extension made room for a contemporary kitchen in this thatched cottage remodeled by U.K. based Kitchen Architecture. While mixing architectural styles is not in line with everyone's taste, it can make building a new addition more affordable.

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    Living Room and Bedroom Combo

    Cozy cottage living room and bedroom area
    Jess Cooney

    Living rooms and bedrooms often share the same square footage in one story cottages. Here New England based interior designer, Jess Cooney creates a little visual separation between a sleeping space and central living area with a feature wall covered with reclaimed wood planks. Vintage furniture and bohemian inspired accents such as the pillows and rug add cozy appeal.

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    Cozy English Cottage

    english rustic cottage
    Unique Home Stays

    Stone textured walls pour on the rustic charm in this lovely summer getaway featured on Unique Home Stays. Vintage furnishings covered with throws, pillows, and sheepskins lend warmth on chilly nights.

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    Vintage Wood Paneling

    small guest room in bungalow wood paneling
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    Vintage wood paneling warms up the spare room in this California cottage by Vidal Design Collaborative. The eclectic space is filled with second-hand finds and colorful accents.

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    Cape Cod Cottage Fit for Children

    cottage style living room with swing
    Alys Design

    Make a cottage-style living room fun for kids too by borrowing a few ideas from this Cape Cod cottage by Alys Design based in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The timber coffee table doubles as a desk for small children thanks to two vintage school chairs. A swing securely bolted to the ceiling provides an extra spot for a wee one to sit.

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    Cottage Styled Mudroom Storage

    cape cod cottage mudroom storage
    Alys Design

    Another fantastic idea worth considering from Alys Design is this coastal cottage mudroom. Pale planks of wood cover the wall. Colorful hooks keep beach accessories within easy reach. A built-in bench with rope shelving provides enough space for dozens of flip-flops. 

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    Midcentury Modern Inspired Granny Cottage

    Granny flat cottage
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    There is plenty to love in this small granny cottage by California design firm, Vidal Design Collaborative. A built-in window seat makes the most of a lovely view. Vintage midcentury furniture chisels out room to work and entertain. On the bed is a Moroccan blanket.

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    This Cottage is all the California Lifestyle

    surfer style cottage
    Megan Georgopoulos

    Interior designer Megan Georgopoulos transformed a trailer into a chic beach cottage that encompasses the California lifestyle. Most of the living room furniture including the daybeds were custom made, but you get the same look using Moroccan cushions and colorful floor pillows.

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    Tiny White Cottage With Character

    curtain separating the bedroom in cottage
    Sarah Phipps Designs

    In this one room​ cottage by Sarah Phipps Designs based in Portland, Oregon, French doors separate the bedroom from the central living space. The pink love seat on the right was a garage sale find that the interior designer later reupholstered. The flush mounted light fixture is from Barn Light Electric Company. Wallpaper with a pretty fireworks pattern defines the dining nook toward the back.