There are many elements of cottage style that are similar to Country French, and sometimes, they do cross over one another (as is the case with many design styles). Both styles utilize natural elements, such as antique wood and florals, to add warmth to a space. In addition, both blend the use of old and new furniture and accessories. However, when you take a look at photos of both, it is easy to see the differences. Cottage style is almost always more casual than Country French, and excessive use of fringe and rich fabrics is not normally part of the agenda. The color white is used quite often in cottage style design, whereas that is not the case with Country French. “Vintage” furniture, accessories, and sink fixtures are often found in cottage-style decorating, and the addition of slipcovered furniture is quite common. Take a look at these photos from Better Homes & Gardens (except where otherwise noted in the caption) to get a “feel” for this decor …
As you can see, cottage style design is both casual, yet refined, and old, yet new. It is inviting and comfortable, yet crispy and clean. Might this be the design style you are looking for in your home? If so, my design staff and I at Knotting Hill Interiors can make it happen for you!
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