11 Cottage Style Homes – Exterior and Interior Examples & Ideas (Photos)

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Cottage style living room with beam ceiling and sofa facing the brick fireplace.

Welcome to the Cottage interior design style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Cottage style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.

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Cottage Style Homes (Exteriors)

Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Cottage style architecture.

1. Lovely Sagaponack Cottage by Axis Mundi

Lovely Sagaponack Cottage by Axis MundiBrick cottage house enclosed in green hedge plants that blend in with the lush lawns and trees. It has gray framed windows and a wood plank walkway leading to the staircase. The outdoor ambiance adds a welcoming tone to the already inviting house.

Lovely Sagaponack Cottage by Axis Mundi

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Relaxing back part of the house with an elevated patio and tinted glazing. It is bordered with stone pathways that contrast the green lawn for a more interesting look. A gorgeous tree stands in front to give an added shade and beauty to the overall look.

2. Cagney Cottage Sparks Old Hollywood Charm

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Front view of the cottage house showcasing pristine white walls with stone accents for added texture. Subtle greeneries in front softened the modernity of the house along with the concrete driveway.

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This is the backyard where towering trees surround the cottage house for optimum privacy and completing the serene landscaping at the same time. Lush, green lawn complements the sparkling swimming pool with integrated jacuzzi and a nice flagstone paving.

3. 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Cottage-style Home Near the Heart of Culver City

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Cottage-style Home Near the Heart of Culver City

A lovely cottage house features a vibrant blue front door that stands out against the textured gray walls. It is framed with wrought iron railings with matching pipes as their support. Lush green lawn with hints of red-colored plants completed the look.

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Cottage-style Home Near the Heart of Culver City

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The backyard consists of an outdoor lounging area that showcases sleek wicker furniture accented with blue pillows and a barrel bin. It sits in the middle of concrete tiled flooring which transitioned from the green lush lawn.

4. Cottage in the Treetops with 3rd-Level Roof Deck and Separate 1st-Floor Apartment

Cottage in the Treetops with 3rd-Level Roof Deck and Separate 1st-Floor Apartment

Bright apartment in cottage style with white beadboard walls contrasted by gray gable roofing. There’s a tall staircase on the side designed with terracotta treads and decorative tile risers leading to the side entry door and a spacious roof deck with beautiful treetop views.

Cottage in the Treetops with 3rd-Level Roof Deck and Separate 1st-Floor Apartment

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The side part of the house showcasing glazed windows and a gray garage door breaking the monotonous white scheme. Green shrubs and tall plants add life to the simple cottage apartment.

5. Beautiful Tiny Beach House Cottage on Cape Cod

Beautiful Tiny Beach House Cottage on Cape CodBreathtaking beach view sets a magnificent backdrop to this two-story cottage with a beaming white front door that stands out against the old brick walls. It has white framed windows with green shutters and a red brick chimney that sits in the middle of the gabble roof.

Beautiful Tiny Beach House Cottage on Cape Cod

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The garden in front extends to the right side of the tiny cottage house bringing an added touch of nature. We can also see a street lamp over the lush lawn which perfectly suits the beach theme.

6. Quaint Nantucket Timber Frame Colonial House circa 1735

 Tags: Colonial Style, Cottage Style Categories: Custom Home Designs Quaint Nantucket Timber Frame Colonial House circa 1735This exceptional cottage house features brick paneling above the stone base and side staircases in front with a shared landing leading to the gray front door. It is fitted with plenty of white framed windows and a concrete chimney on top of the roof.

 Tags: Colonial Style, Cottage Style Categories: Custom Home Designs Quaint Nantucket Timber Frame Colonial House circa 1735

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The backyard has a serene ambiance with its luscious lawn that transitions to terraccotta pavement where cozy white loungers sit. On the sides are wood fences and a stone retaining wall filled with green plants.

7. St Adolfe d’Howard Cabin by Jean Verville architecte

St Adolfe d’Howard Cabin by Jean Verville architecte

An A-frame cottage beautifully nestled in nature boasts dark brick walls along with sleek glazed windows and front door. It has an enchanting surrounding that balanced the contemporary look of the house.

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The back part of the cottage offers more glazing and wood plank furniture that complements the majestic forest. It has a combination of flat and A-frame roofing which blends with the brick walls maintaining coherency.

8. Rugged Vega Cottage Project by Kolman Boye Architects

Rugged Vega Cottage Project by Kolman Boye ArchitectsThis sleek cottage house with a minimalist structure perfectly blends in with its surroundings. Magnificent mountain along with rocky slopes completed the picturesque view.

Rugged Vega Cottage Project by Kolman Boye Architects

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A closer look at the back of the house showing the aluminum roofing and rich wood paneling that runs throughout the exterior. It harmoniously goes well with the environment because of its neutral wood color scheme.

9. Cross Laminate-Timber Cottage project by Kariouk Associates

Cross Laminate-Timber Cottage project by Kariouk AssociatesA modern cottage that sits in the middle of the enchanting forest showcasing flat roofing and full-height windows that overlook the lakefront view. There’s a straight staircase on the side that leads to the upper-level patio which is a perfect place to unwind and chill.

Cross Laminate-Timber Cottage project by Kariouk Associates

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Full height windows are echoed at the backside of the cottage allowing expansive natural views. It is complemented with towering trees and green lush lawn.

10. Innovative Gate Lake Cottage Project by Boom Town

Innovative Gate Lake Cottage Project by Boom TownBoxy cottage house with sleek beadboard walls and stone bricks on the side breaking the monotony. It includes stone pathways that perfectly blends with the surrounding.

Innovative Gate Lake Cottage Project by Boom Town

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Flagstone paving with neutral tones leads to the cottage house which features an open patio and glazed windows warmed by wood plank walls. There are hints of bricks that add texture and character in the lake cottage.

11. Base Architecture Adds Ultra Modern Addition to 19th Century Heritage Cottage

Base Architecture Adds Ultra Modern Addition to 19th Century Heritage Cottage

Street view of the large cottage house enclosed in a concrete fence that complements the modern structure of its exterior. It has a contrasting black and white hues softened by tall plants in front.

Base Architecture Adds Ultra Modern Addition to 19th Century Heritage Cottage

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This is the backyard where modernity is boost through its glazing which runs throughout the house. Its sleek architecture is balanced by vast greeneries. Swimming pool and pond completed the ultra-modern look.

Cottage Style Interior Examples (by Room)

The following are photo examples of Cottage-style interiors (room-by-room).  Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Cottage-style photo galleries for each room.

The following examples are from this house (Source: Redfin).

Living Rooms

This cottage living room showcases a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams in white and natural wood matching with the wide plank flooring. It is furnished with cozy seats and a dark wood coffee table over a jute rug seated across the corner fireplace.

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This cottage living room showcases a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams in white and natural wood matching with the wide plank flooring. It is furnished with cozy seats and a dark wood coffee table over a jute rug seated across the corner fireplace.

Kitchens

This kitchen offers pristine white walls and shiplap ceiling contrasted by a large wood beam. It is equipped with stainless steel appliances and an undermount sink fitted on the kitchen bar that's illuminated by an oversized copper pendant.

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This kitchen offers pristine white walls and a shiplap ceiling contrasted by a large wooden beam. It is equipped with stainless steel appliances and an undermount sink fitted on the kitchen bar that’s illuminated by an oversized copper pendant.

Dining Rooms

Cottage dining area on an open concept house featuring a wooden dining table flanked by wicker chairs and a striped cushioned bench. A large wooden framed mirror stands out against the white walls.

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Cottage dining area on an open concept house featuring a wooden dining table flanked by wicker chairs and a striped cushioned bench. A large wooden framed mirror stands out against the white walls.

Bedrooms

Wooden bed and matching nightstands complement the white walls and ceiling in this cottage bedroom. It is styled with sleek drum table lamps and a framed artwork that brings a pop of color in the room.

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The wooden bed and matching nightstands complement the white walls and ceiling in this cottage bedroom. It is styled with sleek drum table lamps and a framed artwork that brings a pop of color in the room.

Bathrooms

Black granite countertop contrasts the white shiplap walls and sink vanity cabinets in this cottage bathroom. This is filled with a walk-in shower and black framed artworks along with a rectangular mirror that creates a larger visual space in the room.

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Black granite countertop contrasts the white shiplap walls and sink vanity cabinets in this cottage bathroom. This is filled with a walk-in shower and black-framed artworks along with a rectangular mirror that creates a larger visual space in the room.

Entry Halls

Cottage style foyer with a central round table.

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Cottage Style Home Landscaping

Cottage home with front garden and footpath.

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What is Cottage Home Decor?

Thinking about a Cottage Interior Design Style? Shabby-chic comes to mind. Relaxed, laid-back and comfortable furnishings. Well-lived in. A vacation place where you kick-back your shoes and unwind. There are flea market finds, treasures upon treasures of bargains, repurposed bits, and pieces, wash and wear fabrics, simple in aesthetics yet still exuding elegance, fun, and taste.

History

Cottage Houses has its origins in peasant villages in Great Britain’s English countryside. It is the humble home of laborers, miners and peasant farmers who used to be called cotters.

Small homes, usually two floors, a ground floor, and a second landing, divides the interior of cottages. And many of these homes have thatched roofs. One can imagine Christmas villages and locations of most Disney fairytales.

Cottages are welcoming, cozy and really chic. They have the ability to draw us in and bid us enter to share of its warmth, home-cooked goodness, and charm.

It is also often interchanged with country houses, a place to retire to during hunting season. A smaller, much more comfortable abode than the large manors and Victorian houses of the aristocratic community.

Now in modern times, these quaint houses have become vacation destinations. Think of Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod (prime real estate of the rich and famous), beautiful cottage houses of New England and country homes of the south.

Furniture

Elegant but cozy furniture are signature elements of cottage interiors. The shabby chic concept heavily dominates the designs. From expensive, luxe sofas, covered in chintz or linen, mostly in white, beige, ecru to pastel throw pillows, cushions, oversized love seats to vintage heirloom cupboards and flea market finds, cottage interiors would seem jampacked but mostly laden with comfy delights.

SOFAS

Whether new or repurposed from old scraps, the cottage house sofas would have overstuffed upholstery, covered in a light monochrome or pastel fabric. These sofas can be made of wood, wicker or even distressed metal.

Modern sectional sofas have found it’s way to cottage homes as well as large Victorian sofas dressed in the shabby chic fabric in solid whites or printed light warm colors.

The whole house will have lots of these sofas and individual stuffed chairs strewn all over the place so that owners and guests alike could just sit, read, nap, do crafts, or for a writer, think.

TABLES

End tables, coffee tables, Dining Tables, Breakfast tables, all of these would have more charm when repurposed, distressed, repainted or reclaimed.

As most cottage furniture would have been painted over and over through the years, it’s vintage charm shines through when made to undergo the process of distressing. Various colors would come out of obscurity and will add to the vintage value of the piece.

Cottage tables would still have some kind of Victorian design incorporated into it. Or it might actually be an authentic Victorian piece. As cottage homeowners and shabby chic designers tend to look for flea market finds, many real Victorian pieces make it into these homes.

CABINETS, CUPBOARDS

The beautiful craftsmanship that goes into cottage home cabinetry is truly rustic and quaint. Again, predominantly made out of wood, glass and some metal accents – cabinets, cupboards, armoires, among others – would have that country aesthetic reminiscent of French country homes.

Distressed wood, matte painted in white or varnished lightly, these pieces of furniture lighten up the house and give off a cheerful ambiance.

BEDROOMS

Wrought iron beds or carved wood frames dominate the bed styles of a cottage house bedroom. Daybeds, romantic four-posters, large beds, and really comfortable mattresses are staples.

Chenille throws, linen pillowcases, lace accents will be seen in a cottage house bedroom design.

Seemingly mismatched cushions will find harmony and balance through the predominantly light color scheme.

As most bedrooms are on the second landing where ceilings follow the slopes of the roof, pretty window seating would complete the storybook fairytale bedroom, where one can daydream, read a book or just chill.

CHAIRS

Mismatched chairs in uniform or theme colors would not be out-of-place in a cottage home. They lend a vintage touch to the dining table.

A pop of color though would be a welcome addition to the most neutral and pastel theme. A visual outburst to enhance the mainly light-colored furniture and furnishings.

ARTWORK

To break up the monotony of light colors, riveting artworks with bold strokes and palette must be strategically placed throughout the house. Though gentler watercolors could also be placed to dress up a colored wall.

Antique bric-a-brac from flea markets would also add romance and nostalgia to any room of the house.

KITCHEN

Taking inspiration from French and English country kitchens, the cottage kitchen interiors would have a rustic feel but with modern state-of-the-art appliances. Blending the old with the new into a seamless and cohesive design.

50’s type oven facade but with modern technology functions, Pink or white Stand Mixers, as well as stainless steel refrigerators, countertops, and modern sinks can blend well in a cottage kitchen. It’s the eclectic mix that adds to the charm of the place.

Colors

The color palette for cottage interiors are mostly neutrals or monochrome from shades of whites, beiges, pastels.

Robin’s egg blue is also a favorite color choice for both the walls and the furnishings.

Another neat theme is light browns and mocha. These colors will be on the walls and furnishings. As these colors were mostly related to each other, a pop of red, yellow or blue and green would serve as statement pieces

Materials

Hardwood doors and farm tables could be repurposed into a dining table and wood scraps can be turned into cupboards, headboards, chairs, among others.

Wicker is another favorite. It brings in elements of nature and is beautiful in their sleek lines and classic designs.

Metal provides streamlined design elements to furniture.

As for the upholstery of stuffed pillows, overstuffed chairs, sofas, and elegant sectionals, printed chintz fabric, linen covers, shabby chic white cotton are go-to for fashion and style.

Distressed furniture adds vintage magic to an otherwise drab space.

Tiled floors or parquet, wooden planks, exposed ceiling beams, and repurposed glass are just some of the elements of a quaint cottage home.

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