Vanessa Arbuthnott’s Seven Steps to the Ultimate Cosy Cottage Look | Living North

Vanessa Arbuthnott’s Seven Steps to the Ultimate Cosy Cottage Look


Vanessa Arbuthnott
Interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott shares her seven tips for a cosier cottage

Surround yourself with throws
Throws are a great addition to any cottage. One draped at the end of each sofa provides the key comfort factor and also makes for an easy grab when things get chilly. Throws are also a great way to add a pop of colour into the room which can easily be updated to change the look for the specific type of season.

Textile fun
If you wish to add some feature to a classic cottage which dons a classic white and cream colour scheme, then you should turn to textiles. A quilt of many colours on top of a crisp white bed will give the cottage an instant revival especially when paired with patterned pillows. The more vintage the cottage décor the more the space feels organic and rustic.

Cottage homes do feature beautiful and warm rugs which feel soft under the feet and are a great extra If the floors are cold. The more eye catching and bold the better, modern cottages are home to luxury rug fabrics that are deep pile adding to the cosy exterior. 

Feature plants

Plants are ideal for creating a gentle variation in colour as well as capturing an organic and all-encompassing natural vibe. In cottages which are older they can actually help tackle damp in the air as well, if the right varieties are chosen.

Paisley and floral patterns
If you tour any rural cottage, you will be inspired by the use of patterns especially in the form of florals and paisleys. These work perfect in a cottage setting as they are naturally traditional but fresh and pretty. They are great to add light in the darkest of corners and can spruce up any area in the cottage.

Display books
Books take hold of new identity in country homes as they make for beautiful interior design accessories. When housed in shelving units, the books can be a great way to add in serious colour in an organised and structured way. If your books are hard cover and made up of different colours it is the perfect addition. Even better, place them in a display cabinet adjacent to your log fire for the ultimate rustic feel.

Reclaimed, weathered or painted wood is always integral in cottage interior design. Dark natural wood is a great alternative for those who want to add depth and contrast their home without adding any other colour. Weathered wood is also a great feature since it breaks up the white base.

Published in: July 2019

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