One of my favorite parts of growing up was going to visit my grandparents. My Omah and Opah lived on a homestead complete with a rope swing, a work shop, a barn, and a huge garden that was teeming with zucchini’s and sour cherries and potatoes.
I think this is where my love of cottage aesthetics began. I loved peeping into my Omah’s pantry and admiring all of the homemade pickles and preserved beets and carrots. It was a wonder to look into the workshop and peek at all of my Opah’s wooden spoons, but I think what I loved most about visiting my grandparent’s was how cozy the bedrooms felt.
Modest in size but enormous in character, the bedrooms were adorned with homemade quilts, craftsman wicker chairs, antique dressers, floral curtains, collections of books from the 60’s, and sweet little toys and trinkets from my father’s youth.
I like to bring these roots along with me when I decorate my own home. A mishmash of inherited treasures and quality finds from flea markets, I love to combine newer constructions with nostalgic pieces that will never grow out of style. This collection will hopefully inspire your own decoration projects, and keeping country cottage living alive and appreciated.
1. The Cozy Cream Primary Bedroom
Floors & Walls: When I look at this room, it feels like my eyes are going to therapy. This beautiful primary bedroom was clearly designed purely for relaxation and serenity, and in my opinion, that is the only thing that your bedroom should be doing!
This perfectly pretty bedroom starts with antique wooden floors (older wooden floors often have wider panels, while newer ones are often thinner) in a wonderfully classic and warm stain, while white walls are bordered with exposed wooden beams.
Furniture: The furniture set in this room reminds me of something you’d see on the movie The Holiday starring insatiable Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. The huge and plush bed just makes you want to dive in with its cushioned head board and dust ruffle, while matching wingback chairs with wooden legs match the scene perfectly. Wooden side tables, a cushioned bench for the end of the bed, and a large wooden hutch all come together to create the perfect bedroom.
Decor: I love how the color scheme in this room is simply cream and wood. Delicately patterned curtains match the linens on the bed splendidly, while I also love the gentle blue accent found in the throw pillows on the matching chairs. This room is just so pleasant to look at I can hardly take it!
Floors & Walls: Though this room may not immediately remind you of cottage life, I think for many people, heading to a cottage with this kind of minimal aesthetic would encourage nothing but Peaceful Easy Feelings, just like The Eagles wanted from us.
This Scandinavian-inspired room feels so because of the particular shade of wood that is used. Scandinavian-inspired furniture and interiors often use woods like beech, pine, and ash wood not only because those are the kinds of trees that are common in those regions, but because they are beautiful, light, and give a room a rather dreamy look, don’t you find?
Furniture: There ain’t much furniture to account for in this sweet and simple little room. A raised mezzanine area that’s built right in to the structure of the home acts as a nifty bed frame, as well as providing storage space underneath with drawers. How clever!
Decor: While this room is currently only decorated with a simple little wall-mounted light, it makes it kind of fun to imagine what kinds of decorations you’d put in yourself. I’d personally put in one of the quilts my grandmother gave me, and a bunch of happy plants. Maybe a fuzzy rug and a credenza for my books and board games, too.
3. The Sauna Bedroom
Floors & Walls: When it comes to any room, there’s really nothing that I need more than big windows. Every home I’ve ever lived in I’ve tried to organize my room so that my bed is facing the windows so I can open my eyes to the morning sky.
This lovely bedroom design starts and ends with wood. This particular type of wood has a bit of extra interest because of the sheer amount of knots in the wood, creating its own natural pattern. Having the floors, walls, ceiling, and closet all made from the same wood really makes one feel like they’re in a sauna!
Furniture: A huge California king bed takes over the entire room, and I’m not complaining about it! I have a dog, so my dream is to have a California king in hopes that one day I won’t wake up halfway off the bed, with my dog splayed out in the centre.
Decor: I don’t personally love the linens that have been chose for the bed here. With a cooler tone of wood stain, I’d have chosen some warmer, creamy colors for the bedding, but that’s just me! This is also a great room to hang some plants and add a fun little wall tapestry.
4. The Solarium Primary Bedroom
Floors & Walls: Oh my gosh. This room is just the most beautiful thing that I’ve ever seen. It has absolutely everything that I love. My love affair starts with wood floors and white walls as always, but it’s increased by windows lining every side of the room a sweet little corner balcony, and above all, a fireplace! I also can’t complain about the gorgeous vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams.
Furniture: This incredibly dreamy bedroom comes furnishes with a modestly sized bed and an adorable little sitting area by the window. We have matching leather armchairs (kind of director’s chair style) with a sweet little side table between them. I can imagine myself doing a crossword there every morning.
Decor: I always appreciate a room that is using its main features as means of decoration. All that is extra here is a rawhide in front of the fireplace (completely necessary) and a small vase of freshly foraged flowers. Perfection.
5. The Chic Cottage Primary Bedroom
Floors & Walls: While many of the primary bedrooms that we’ve seen so far have been more on the modern side, this one is on the modern-chic side. Excellently designed and furnished, this is the type of primary bedroom that you’d see in a magazine – but at the same time, I’d probably be nervous to get my dirty feet on anything, so it’s not my personal dream bedroom.
Dark hardwood floors start us off, while creamy white walls are broken up by lovely big windows and French doors that lead to a quaint little balcony area.
Furniture: I really enjoy how a room that would ordinarily just be furnished as a bedroom, has been turned into a bedroom/sitting room just by the furniture arrangement. A simple bed frame is bookended with a couple of armchairs, faced with a creamy sofa with a simple glass coffee table between them.
Decor: Green and blue are a really lovely color combination to me, so it’s nice to see this combo throughout the room, found in the mossy green throw pillows, blanket at the foot of the bed, and even in the framed artwork!
6. The Floating Restful Room
Floors & Walls: Now if this isn’t the dreamiest bedroom that you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what it! This loft apartment has been really beautifully updated with shining white floors, white, walls, white curtains, and incredible panoramic windows.
Furniture: What makes the room even more special is that this bed set up looks entirely home made. The frame is built from wood slats – just large enough to hold the bed – with ropes joining the bed to the ceiling. The bed frame has been turned into something super dreamy just by using sheer white curtains.
Decor: This incredible canopy bed has been made even more incredible just with some hanging decorations. Imagine waking up to that every morning! I personally adore the soft bedding that’s been chosen for the space, and how impactful the happy green plants are in the corner!
7. The Quaintest Loft
Floors & Walls: I very much appreciate how you can imagine what this room used to look like when it was first erected. So many renovations that happen these days involve completely gutting antique structures and the glorious and detailed work that went into them, which to me, is an incredible loss.
This beautiful antique room has been elevated simply by painting everything white. Wooden floors have been painted white, built-in shelving with an exposed brick backing has been painted white, and gorgeous crown moulded walls have been painted white as well.
Furniture: This bedroom is rather dreamy to me. A simple and small bed frame with an antique head board brings us into the shabby chic realm, and a patterned accent chair adds a pop of interest. I also find that having a black ladder in front of the tall shelf provides a really cool and dramatic contrast.
Decor: Elegant decorations turn this beautiful cottage-inspired bedroom from shabby-chic to simply chic. Collections of black covered books match the library ladder, a golden hanging pendant light brings a lovely metallic element to the room, and an antique mirror with white metal framing is a statement piece to remember.
8. The Floral Feeling Primary Bedroom
Floors & Walls: This bedroom is like a little girl’s dream bedroom but for adults. So many big and bodacious elements come together to create something rather dreamy. A very lovely white marble facade floor mets with crown moulded white walls for a very elegant look.
Furniture: This dreamy room is furnished with a simple bed, but what’s interesting is a henna-design room divider has been used as a head board and as a piece of artwork! An antique arm chair with ornate golden framing is the perfect place to curl up and a read a book.
Decor: I find it was so clever to match the room divider with the standing mirror along with the sweet little white stool with a similar pattern. The room becomes even more enchanting because of this amazing pink flower piece that cascades down the side of the room divider. How dreamy!
9. The Boho Chic Bedroom
Floors & Walls: Oooooooh dear, this room is just so good, I don’t think I’ll ever be the same after this. Sometimes cottage aesthetic just means something that makes you feel inordinately cozy, and that’s what this room does for me. It all starts with beautiful beechwood floors that guide us up into simple white walls and a beautifully framed window.
Furniture: A wide ben with no head board is the centrepiece of the room. There’s something about a low and wide bed that just feels heavenly to me. A sweet little wooden bench sits at the end of the bed, a homemade towel rack sits beside the window, and a clever little floating shelf has been installed above the radiator so that the space below the window frame doesn’t have to go wasted!
Decor: I adore it when a room is monochromatic, and in this instance using different shades of cream and beige really contribute to the coziness of the room. Various linens on the bed provide texture, comfort, and style, while dried ornamental grasses provide movement and an organic element that is always present with cottage aesthetics.
10. The Bohemian Dream Bedroom
Floors & Walls: While still bohemian and lovely, this room is more on the shabby chic side of things. In case you don’t know what shabby chic is, it’s basically a room that incorporates aspects both old and new, plenty of mismatched items, and playing around with tons of textures and patterns.
This beautiful space starts with hardwood floors that have been painted a distressed white (very shabby chic, very cottage) and simple white walls. We get even further into the aesthetic with the furniture and decoration choices.
Furniture: A raised bed has been paired with a sweet wooden bench for the end of the bed. a quaint wicker room divider with an antique wooden stool, as well as a rustic old high top table to act as a shelf.
Decor: Where we really start to get into the shabby chic aspects is in the decoration. I love how three wall tapestries all hung together kind of act as a head board for the bed, while fuzzy pillows, and bohemian patterned bed spreads are kitschy and cozy. Wicker baskets and ceramic vases are scattered around just waiting to be filled with dried bouquets and balls of yarn.
11. The Fairytale Bedroom
Floors & Walls: This room is so adorable that you would surely want to live in it all year round, rather than just during your cottage getaway. This stunning room starts with beautifully tiled floors, and warm white walls.
Furniture: A raised bed is a great call for a room that is a bit smaller in size, and I think it’s so neat that a set of old distressed doors have been repurposed as a head board! This is also so clever since it gives a ton of space for decorating.
A really lovely lounging chair complete with white cushions sits next to a large distressed mirror, and sweet matching side dressers really tie the whole room together.
Decor: The way that this room is decorated is very beautifully done with a Persian runner (which gorgeous red color adds the pop we were looking for) and interesting lamps scattered throughout the room. Super plush throw pillows are always a must in bedrooms.
This adorable primary bedroom design comes from Outrageous Interiors.
12. The Contemporary Cottage Bedroom
Floors & Walls: What an absolutely perfectly stunning room. It feels like there was so much intention put into its design, and it’s seen at every step of the design process. It al starts with gorgeously rich hardwood floors, and wooden walls that have been painted a warm ivory white. This is another room that has maintained the integrity of the original construction, and I am here for it!
Furniture: I think this room feels more modern and elevated because of the sharper angles that we see. These are present in the bed frame, this sweet little desk with a nestled bench, and the stunning vintage chair with a white cushion and rattan back.
Decor: I just can’t believe how effortlessly everything matches in this room. Only rich and dark hardwood has been used for the floors and furniture, while navy accents are found on the desk framing, the bed frame, the table lamp, and even in the books and accents in the artwork! What a glorious space!
This incredible primary bedroom design is thanks to Marie Flanigan Interiors.
13. The Perfect Cottage Bedroom
Floors & Walls: I don’t even think that my imagination could have dreamed up a better cottage than this one. When I’m feeling really down, I like to imagine the home that I’m going to move to in the country one day, and I think that it looks precisely like this one (except with maybe a bigger bed).
This remarkably charming space starts with gorgeous hardwood floors, and wooden panel walls that have been left to weather at their own pace. The construction of the house is simple divine with the open staircase leading you towards a lofted upper level, while vaulted ceilings with the original foundational wood. This is such a good example of why for me, the old ways of building things should be remembered and preserved.
Furniture: This sweet little bedroom area is furnished with a sweet double bed, a stunning light green velvet wing back chair, and a shelving unit that was built right in to the foundation of the home.
Decor: This is some proper cottage-core decoration. All of the others were just “inspired by”, but this is the real deal. An adorable blue floor mat sits at the end of the bed, while the shelf is filled with a collection of books. A plethora of light fixtures are scattered throughout the home.
This beautiful cottage home was designed by Kelly Ennis Design.
14. The Sweetest Country Bedroom
Floors & Walls: For some reason, this bedroom reminds me of the bedroom of every teenage girl in every teen movie ever – in my generation anyway, which was the generation of Sleepover and Juno and 13 Going on 30. This adorable space starts with green painted wood floors, and white painted wood walls. The angled ceiling will never fail to make a room feel extra cozy and cute.
(When I was growing up, we once lived in a house with an A frame and my bedroom had a slanted ceiling like this one. At this particular time in my life I was obsessed with Lord of the Rings, and consequently that meant my greatest crush was Aragorn. I had a poster of him right above my bed on that angled wall, so that his face was the first thing I saw when I woke up, and the last thing i saw when I closed my eyes. If you’re out there, Viggo, reading this, I’ve been waiting for 20 years).
Furniture: I think it’s very 2000’s to have a bed set up like this, with this cute metal frame and box spring that makes your mattress tower very high above the floor. Maybe this was a tactic to make teenagers feel more awake in the morning, who knows. A bright blue painted dresser matches the throw pillows on the bed, and cleverly a laundry hamper has been used as a night stand!
Decor: Canadians have clearly decorated this room (ie the maple leaves hanging above the bed) (this is sinfully corny in my opinion) with bamboo drapes for the windows, and a cute swirly lamp next to the bed.
This adorable teenage dream primary bedroom was sourced from Houzz.
15. The Adorable A-Frame Bedroom
Floors & Walls: GASP. Literal gasp. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is entirely blown away by this chic, stunning, bright, airy, stylish, cozy, timeless, perfect, and wonderful room. I’ve always dreamed for my future that when we’re seniors, my sister and I will leave our husbands and just move into our dream home together and live the rest of our lives beside each other. This would be the bedroom in that future.
This amazing room starts with light hardwood floors, and white walls. Of course, the most special part of this room is the amazing vaulted ceiling with the shockingly gorgeous framing work with warm hardwood. I adore the support beam (or log) in the centre. I would personally hang garlands of fresh flowers from that.
Furniture: Two single beds nestled against one another face an adorable balcony area, while a matching antique, distressed dresser and side table really completely the aesthetic of the room. However, I would personally smash that television with a bat (or just tuck it behind the dresser) – SCREENS SHOULD NEVER BE THE FOCAL POINT OF THE ROOM! I SAID IT HERE FIRST!
Decor: This room is so perfectly decorated, with hanging framed photos, a vase of fresh flowers, and other little wall hanging and knick knacks scattered around the room. Simply glorious!
This perfect room design is thanks to Oliver Grahame Photography.
16. The Sunny Lake House Primary Bedroom
Floors & Walls: We’re finishing off this collection with a real doozy. In one of the houses we lived in while I was growing up (for reference, I’ve lived in 36 different homes at this point) I finally got first choice of bedroom – which usually went to my older sister. This was because she chose to have her bedroom in the solarium, which I thought was strange. Only now do I realize how foolish I was.
This room has such enormous windows that it almost feels like a solarium, but it has enough insulation that you won’t freeze in the winter. This gorgeous room starts with new hardwood floors and beautifully wood framed walls with vaulted ceilings.
Furniture: I think it is just so clever to build shelving right into the wall, especially when it can do this in such a way that you’re created a border for the head of your bed, removing the need or want for a head board (I don’t like headboards). A gorgeous dark hardwood bed frame is nestled into this feature, while a sweet and plush armchair sits in the corner just waiting for you to read the morning paper in it.
Decor: This space is gorgeously decorated with soft blue curtains for those impressive windows, plenty of personal effects in those nifty built-in shelves, a cozy beige throw for the perfect bed, and a lovely little chest at the foot of the bed that be used for storage or as a bench. Perfection.
This beautiful primary bedroom design is from JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction.