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How to design a cosy cottage style home interior

Is there anything cosier than a rural hideaway, with country house decor? If 2020 has you dreaming of a quintessential English living room to escape to, or a stone cottage exterior to admire, then you’ve come to the right place to get inspired. Below we’ll explore how to get that charming style, whether you find yourself deep in the countryside or in the middle of a city. Sit down with a warming tea to get in the mood, then scroll for ideas on how to achieve that perfect interior or exterior for your home.

Welcoming fireplaces

Fireplaces are the heart of a country property and the most obvious way to give any home character, charm and that cosy feel. Find out ​which style is best for you or read our guide on ​how to restore your current one.​ Our ​fireplace specialists can also advise on the best type of fireplace for your space.

Fireplace feature in cottage
Home library in cottage
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Joyful cottage walls

Warm tones, wallpaper prints and wood panelling exude a comfortable, country look. Need help picking the right finish for your home? ​Read what’s trending for autumn and winter​. ​Mismatched prints and furnishings can create a relaxed, creative and carefree feel to your home.

Grey interior design in cottage
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Exposed brick and beams

Arguably, nothing is more English cottage style than exposed bricks and low wooden beams. These natural, organic elements form a connection with the outside that’s reassuring and comforting. Red brick, distressed brick and stone all suggest a country home or a farmhouse style.

Bookshelf against exposed brick wall
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Cottage renovation projects

Whether you’re planning on renovating an existing country property, converting an old barn, or extending your home and dreaming of a country house feel – our ​builders can help you achieve the look you’re after.

Light striped armchair in room with striped wallpaper
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Looking for a builder? Find a qualified, vetted and recommended professional by posting your job on Rated People.

Vintage details

Creating your English cottage style home is all in the rustic details. Consider cast iron baths and sinks; antique faucets and fittings; and vintage pendant and chandelier lights. Check out more ​ideas for a warm and inviting country style bedroom.

Antique bronze taps in bath
White cottage interior

Wood fittings

Period-look woodwork can be tailor-made for your home. Consider built-in storage, shelving and alcove style beds and seating. Stained, painted or distressed wood floors, panelling or staircases add warmth, texture and a casual, lived-in feel.

Wood beams, cupboards, dining table and chairs in kitchen

Thinking of creating a new storage space? Find the trusted tradesperson who will turn your ideas into reality on the Rated People website or through the app.

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Soft furnishings

Your fairytale cottage home rests on the finishing touches. Soft furnishings – including rugs, carpets, cushions, curtains and throws – are how you can add some personality and make your space perfect for curling up in.

Cosy sofa with cushions in cottage living room

Cottage style exteriors

There are certain features that suggest English cottage or at the least, a period home. ​Learn how to create a perfect period home exterior.​ Natural materials including thatched roofs, brick, slate, wood, and foliage such as rose bushes, evoke that countryside aesthetic.

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