Cottage-Style Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Bring the simple and refined charm of cottage style to your bedroom with these spring-inspired decorating ideas.

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©Sarah Dorio Photography

©Sarah Dorio Photography

©Sarah Dorio Photography

©Sarah Dorio Photography

©Sarah Dorio Photography

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A Charming, Spring-Inspired Makeover: After

This pretty and practical bedroom nook is packed with gorgeous elements of cottage style thanks to muted pastels and flirty, feminine accents.

A Charming, Spring-Inspired Makeover: Before

Before the makeover, this bungalow bedroom was lacking personality. The space was transformed into a cozy, cottage escape using its mint green walls as inspiration.

Pistachio Hues

To keep the bedroom cool and calm, a light shade of pistachio green was used on the ceiling, trim and walls. To create a sense of depth in the nook, the walls were upholstered in a large-scale botanical fabric in a darker shade of pistachio.

Coordinating Fabrics

Cottage-style interiors are known for evoking a casual, laid-back feeling. To keep the space cozy and comfortable, soothing fabrics in shades of pistachio green and blush pink were used on the walls, bedding and window treatments.

Garden-Inspired Accents

A stone bunny and freshly-cut tulips were placed on the nightstand to add a touch of spring to the bedroom. Tip: To extend the life of cut tulips in vases, cut them before the petals start to bloom.

Layering Pattern and Color

A mix of spring greens creates a backdrop for smaller pops of blush and raspberry tones throughout the bedding ensemble.

Mixing Scale

Classic patterns, like embroidered florals, botanicals and gingham, are commonly found in cottage interiors. To mix these patterns successfully, stick with a mix of large, medium and large scales.

Trim Detail

Blush-toned trim was added to the edge of the herringbone draperies to showcase the pink and pistachio color scheme. Although these drapery panels were custom-made, a more budget-friendly look can be achieved with ready-made panels. Simply attach gimp trim to store-bought panels with hot glue, or hand-stitch the trim with a needle and thread.

Gingham Bench

A mossy green gingham bench was added to the foot of the bed to add even more seating options to the space. The piece was purchased on clearance for less than $150 and reupholstered to coordinate with the room's color palette.

Lounge Area

A traditional slipcovered sofa was paired with a gallery wall made up of clever DIY artwork to create a comfy and inviting lounge area within the bedroom.

Rope Accessories

A pair of floor lamps made of thick sisal rope was added to the lounge area to ensure the space stays well-lit and packed with cottage charm. You can add coastal charm to a standard tubular or square floor lamp by applying basic sisal rope directly to the lamp base with hot glue.

Casual Fabrics

It's wise to steer clear of traditional fabrics such as crushed velvet, silk, satin or taffeta when decorating a cottage-style interior. Instead, choose airy materials like basket weave cotton, linen or cotton-velvet blends.

Pretty Workstation

Instead of adding a traditional vanity to this feminine bedroom, a multifunctional Parsons desk was used as both a vanity and workstation. Folding tabletop mirrors are kept inside each drawer to keep the space tidy and to free up the surface for books and electronics.

Soft Lighting

A white drum pendant was installed on a dimmer to cast a soft, diffused glow onto the pistachio walls.

Whitewash Bookcase

Favorite keepsakes are displayed inside and on top of an antique wooden bookcase. For a balanced look, books are displayed both vertically and horizontally, then combined with various objects ranging in size, color, shape and texture.

Displaying Collections

When it comes to accessorizing cottage-style spaces, stick with objects that are packed with interesting textures and weathered finishes. The bedroom's bookshelf is styled with a fun collection of jars and ceramic containers.

Weathered Finish

Consider adding a whitewash finish to give existing pieces of furniture a bit of cottage flair. To get the look, dilute ultra-white paint with water, then apply to furniture with a paintbrush.

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