Decorating ideas for small cottage houses

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorate your small cottage house with vintage and rustic decor to create a warm and inviting ambience. Buy antique quilts and wood chests, and hang breezy lace and eyelet curtains. Choose furniture that is both comfortable and personal; pick items made of fabrics and materials that feel like "home" to you. A cottage is a place to relax and rewind, so fill the rooms with sweet-smelling candles, fluffy rugs and soft lighting.

Rough-hewn Furniture

For a rustic look, buy rough-hewn wood furniture, such as dining room and coffee tables. Use a recycled wood dresser with wrought iron and copper hardware. Look for sturdy barn-wood furniture pieces, which are made of pine, oak or cedar planks recovered from old barns. The weathered wood is used to made dining room and coffee tables, among other items. The wood will give your cottage a comfortable, country feel and is eco-friendly as well.

Vintage Textiles

Throw a vintage, floral-patterned quilt on your bed to add comfort and classic style to your bedroom. Look for antique pillow cases featuring sweet embroidery details. Hang antique cotton curtains in soft colours such as pink and powder blue to catch the breezes. Use vintage scarves to add country charm to the tops of night stands and dressers. For a country look, buy antique aprons and deconstruct them to use as pillow covers. Cover your dining room table with brightly coloured vintage tablecloths featuring fruit and floral designs, which were popular in the 1950s.

Lace and Eyelet

Decorate using lace and eyelet fabrics. Add a romantic touch to any room by hanging romantic lace curtains. Set candles, vases and plants on top of antique lace doilies throughout your cottage. In the bathroom, use a delicate white eyelet shower curtain with matching curtains. Sweeten up your dining room table by replacing your modern tablecloth with vintage French Alencon lace placements.

Antique Vases and Glass Decor

Fill elegant, vintage glass vases with fresh-cut flowers to add to the ambience while creating a natural air freshener. Choose crystal and hand-blown glass vases in shades of soft pink and blue. Set out fresh-cut roses or a handful of wildflowers for a country-inspired look. Replace boring cloth lampshades with vintage glass versions. Choose a shade featuring colourful stained-glass panels, or pick a rose-coloured one that casts a warm, romantic glow across the room.

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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.