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Cottage-Style Bedroom Decorating Ideas

April 27, 2022

Bring the refined charm of cottage style to your bedroom with these cheery, colorful and pattern-rich decorating ideas from top designers.

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Photo: G CRAWFORD. From: Massucco Warner Interior Design.

Give Your Bedroom the Cottage Treatment

Bring enduring cottage charm to your bedroom with furnishings and finishes synonymous with the happy, garden-inspired design style. From pastel walls and posy-clad prints to wicker baskets and weathered wood beams — we’re covering all the bases and sharing 20 decorating tips to help you master the cheerful, timeless style.

First tip? Use an iron-frame bed as the focal point of your cottage bedroom a la Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design. Select a wrought-iron bedframe with a canopy silhouette for your main bedroom or opt for a spindled Jenny Lind-inspired design for a laidback approach in the guest room. Opt for an inky iron finish to balance the featherlight color palette at play in your cottage room or lower the contrast for ethereal appeal with a white-washed iron frame.

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Photo: Aimée Mazzenga. From: Bria Hammel Interiors.

Play Doubles

Searching for inspiration for your cottage-style kids’ room or guest bedroom? Interior designer Bria Hammel offers a crash course on coziness and symmetry by using two of everything to finish this sweet space. A pair of scallop-edge beds flank a shared blue dresser topped with a creamy table lamp at the center of the room. The matching continues throughout the space with floral-patterned linens, bed quilts, storage benches and area rugs. Try Bria's twice-as-nice technique in your shared cottage bedroom design to yield a polished, put-together space.

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Photo: Jason Cook Photography. From: Noelle Interiors.

Illuminate With Lanterns

Skip the glam gold or silvery chrome sconces and wash your cottage bedroom in warmth with timeworn lantern-style light fixtures. Noelle Interiors uses a pair of charming aged brass wall lanterns above an antique bench to create an inviting reading nook. Set the tone for the book nook in your bedroom with similar brass lanterns on your wall or dangling overhead. And, if you're bored with brass, you can always switch it up with patinated copper, oil-rubbed bronze or pewter fixtures instead.

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Photo: Julie Soefer Photography. From: Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Welcome Charm With Weathered Wood Doors

Retire your plain builder-grade doors and replace them with rustic, reclaimed wood doors for unmatched cottage appeal. Designer Marie Flanigan brings storied charm to this otherwise crisp-white cottage suite using a weathered wood door and polished nickel knob. Get the same show-stopping look at home with a quick trip to your local architectural salvage shop. Pro tip: Be sure to measure your doorway (twice) before you head out to ensure a seamless fit.

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