Cottage Bedroom Inspiration
So this isn’t exactly breaking news, but I’m allllllmost finished painting our bedroom all-white. Squeezing in time to paint between all the other tasks that need to be accomplished in a day isn’t always easy. I definitely admire those bloggers that are able to change up a room’s paint color in just a weekend. Teach me your ways…
At any rate, I’ve made progress and basically just have the baseboards left (and a second coat on the window). Friends, it is looking gooooood. If you are on the fence about changing a room to white and aren’t sure if you’d like it, I encourage you to give it a try! The bright clean look is so refreshing and inspiring. See ya later red oak trim and dingy paint!
Of course, now that I’m nearing the end of the painting phase, I am beginning to reconsider the decor and design I want to bring in. Do I want a traditional farmhouse feel, or more of a romantic French country vibe? Perhaps a casual cottage look? Maybe a beachy or coastal vibe?
It’s a clean slate and I’m struggling to choose just exactly what I want to do next! So as I was pinning and browsing online I realized I really need to compile all these ideas and share them on the blog. Hopefully the act of getting organized will help me make a decision and help you as well if you are also wanting to instill a new decor style into a bedroom.
This first post, we’ll focus on some cottage bedroom inspiration. This look is characterized by lots of white, statement woodwork (planking, board & batten), carefully selected florals (or small prints) in accent colors, and a casual cozy air.
A good litmus test?
I just ask, would Anne of Green Gables live there? If the answer is yes, you are probably on the right track.
Cottage bedroom inspiration:
1 – Bedroom from Country Living feature
The planked walls, chippy furniture, and simple bedding all come together so well in this space. The pink accents are a little too feminine for our master bedroom, but I like how the room mixes a variety of whites together. You see this with the creamy (maybe yellow?) dresser paired with the ecru nightstand and the bright white shiplap. A great example of how to mix whites in your own space!
2 – Colors and pattern from bhg.com
This is definitely a far more colorful cottage, but I love it! If you are wanting to add interest to a planked wall, consider using a color as shown here instead of the typical white. The variety of colors and patterns shown here will require a little more legwork to coordinate, so careful planning is a must. I love the yellow accents, which are a great touch for any cheerful cottage room.
3 – Cottage bedroom from Miss Mustard Seed
I couldn’t write this post without including this sweet room from the talented Marian. The room is predominately white, but blends in blues in a really lovely way. The layered bedding is a way you could incorporate vintage textiles into the design. And the antique chippy door? It doesn’t get much better than that. Also note the bolster pillow which provides a nice pop of color.
4 – Cottage Bedroom from Aiken House and Gardens
Yep, I think Anne Shirley would definitely be right at home here. The antique bed frame is so unique and I love the overall green theme happening here. Again, lovely vintage door hanging out here too!
(Sadly I can’t seem to find the original source for this photo, so this link directing you back to my Pinterest link.)
If you want more inspiration you can check out my cottage board on Pinterest or my bedroom board.
As I perused cottage inspiration, I realized there are a few keys to getting a cottage look. If you incorporate the ideas below into your design, you should see a definite cottage air happening right away. Of course, I still have to decide if this is the route I’ll go with our master, or if I’ll choose a slightly different aesthetic.
How to get the cottage look:
1 – Use lots of white paint!
2 – After white, choose another main accent color (such as blue, pink, or green), and keep the decor simple.
3 – Try installing planked walls (or bead board or board and batten)
4 – Use a Jenny Lind or iron bed frame
5 – Update your window trim to a nice wide farmhouse style trim
6 – Layer textiles (especially quilts and vintage pieces with lace or crochet trim). Emphasis on cozy here!
7 – Hit up your local antique shop and find some chippy furniture to add character and charm
8 – Accessorize with antiques
Now of course, building a room with antiques and vintage pieces can take quite a bit of time as the right pieces need to be searched out. I compiled a list below of ready-to-buy pieces that can supplement your cottage bedroom and create a lovely space. I personally am loving the gorgeous iron bed and the cute little nightstand.
How do you feel about a cottage style room? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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Cottage bedroom inspiration pieces:
2 – White table lamp
3 – Threshold porcelain pitcher
4 – Round mirror
7 – Rose pillow sham
8 – Lace pillowcases
9 – I Love Us sign
10 – Caledonia metal bed
More farmhouse finds:
Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Pitchers
Budget-Friendly Farmhouse Finds under $30