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Month: February 2012

Design Styles: Cottage/Country

Design Styles: Cottage/Country

Sometimes it’s hard to define your own personal style. There are hundreds of different options available for you, are you “French Country”? “Shabby Chic”? “Transitional Gothic”?.  At we’ve broken all of our offerings out into 14 furniture styles. Over the coming weeks we are going to delve deeper into some furniture and decor styles.

Country Styles

Cottage and Country furniture have been long time popular choices for many of us. But what makes furniture country? This distinct America style features classic farmhouse shapes like spindles, turned legs and whimsical cut outs, also design features like wicker and beadboard. These elements combined with a classic muted color palate of antique whites, rusty reds and natural woods help to evoke a simpler time in American history.

You will also find that many of the pieces of cottage and country furniture feature multi-step finishes, distressing and wear-through, adding to the quaint charm. When it comes to upholstered items you will find that plaids, checks, subtle florals and stripes are prominent and can be found mixed together often creating a “collected” look.

There are a couple different types of country furniture, American Country is characterized by large practical wood furniture pieces, wrought iron accents and braided rugs. English Country style finds its roots with a dark palate of deep reds, forest greens and dark woods with more leather accents. French country, which is a still popular, features a brighter set of colors with yellows and sky blues and features raw pine furniture and cane accents.

Of course you are not limited to this look, but hopefully this helps you with a jumping off point to get your country / cottage home looking perfect. For a great collection of country cottage pieces take a look at our Marketing Manager Cara’s favorite picks!