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{Best of 2011} Interior Design: Cottage-Style Rooms

Our second most popular article of 2011 was about cottage style rooms...go figure! lol.  I'm thinking 'modern cottage' for about you? What's your favorite style?

Dreaming about the soft and appealing looks of cottage style? You're sure to find elements to add to your cottage home -- real or imagined.

Cottage Kitchen
A spring green center island makes food prep and serving a breeze. Saddle-style stools are perfect to sit on and grab quick lunches and snacks. Low-maintenance hickory hardwood floors stand up to foot traffic, spills, and sandy feet.

All-American Appeal
Combining rosy-red gingham, cool blue mattress-ticking, and crisp white walls, this cottage living room exudes patriotism. Chicken-topped ceramic canisters and a lamp fashioned from an old cream pail keep the look full of surprises.

Modern Cottage
Hardwood floors, a cozy fireplace, and a green-and-white color scheme are standard cottage decor features. Shake up the standard by adding your own modern touch. Here, a modern personality is added with the clean, crisp lines of the fireplace, chair, and coffee table. Keep your modern accents within a similar style for a unified look.

Gently Aged
Distressed white finishes act as instant equalizers in this cottage dining room, making a hefty table, spindle-back chairs, a glass-front sideboard, and a once-gold chandelier coexist harmoniously.

Bright Dinette
A 1950s-era laminate table and vinyl chairs set this cottage kitchen's vivid color scheme, which includes white, turquoise, and red. The overall look is one of fun and whimsy.

Luxury and Comfort
Floral sheets shirred on an antique screen and mounted to the wall make a blossoming headboard. Chocolate brown, warm gold, and white with touches of rose is the warm and rich color palette in this cottage bedroom.

Cottage Solutions
Hinged shutters framed with molding look a like vintage storage cabinet in this cozy dining room when closed, but the piece actually masks an unattractive air conditioner.

What's Your Favorite Cottage Style?


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