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Decor Spotlight: Cottage Style

In the world of interior design, there is a timeless charm in combining the old with the new. Vintage elements bring a sense of nostalgia and character, while modern aesthetics keep spaces fresh and contemporary. When it comes to adding a touch of retro style to your home, consider incorporating vintage light switch covers. Amerelle, a leading brand in home decor, offers a delightful range of vintage-inspired light switch covers that seamlessly blend the allure of the past with the functionality of the present. Join us as we explore the art of retro revival and discover how to incorporate vintage light switch covers from Amerelle into your modern spaces.

Reviewed & Fact Checked By:

Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

Characterized by cozy charm, vintage-inspired details, and a welcoming atmosphere, Cottage decor style represents a nostalgic and timeless design genre. Influenced by the rural lifestyle and the beauty of the natural surroundings, Cottage style emerged as a celebration of humble simplicity and understated elegance. In this blog, Amerelle Wallplates will explore the core principles of Cottage design, tracing its origins, highlighting key features, and offering insights on how you can infuse your living spaces with the quaint allure of this beloved style.

A cottage kitchen with wood walls, white cabinets, pastel dishes, and large windows
A cottage decor style kitchen with a patterned tile backsplash

The Origins of Cottage Decor Style

Cottage decor style finds its roots in the quaint countryside cottages of rural England, where simplicity and comfort reign supreme. These charming dwellings, nestled amidst rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, served as havens of tranquility and refuge from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Arts and Crafts decor movement, which emerged in the late 19th century as a response to the Industrial Revolution, played a significant role in shaping Cottage decor. Rejecting mass-produced goods in favor of handmade craftsmanship, the movement emphasized the importance of quality, integrity, and individual expression. In contrast to the formal and ornate decor favored by the upper classes, Cottage style embraces a more relaxed and eclectic aesthetic. Whether you're nestled in a cozy cottage in the English countryside or infusing your urban home with rustic charm, Cottage style invites you to slow down, savor the moment, and appreciate the timeless elegance of humble simplicity.

Key Elements of Cottage Decor

A cottage style bedroom with windowed doors, wood walls, linen sheets, and a fluffy cotton blanket

Cozy and Inviting Atmosphere

At the heart of Cottage decor is a warm and inviting atmosphere that exudes comfort and relaxation. Soft textiles, overstuffed furniture, and plush cushions create cozy nooks where you can unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

A cottage dining room and kitchen with a neutral color palette, a vintage oval fridge, shiplap backsplash, and basic wood chairs and table

Vintage-Inspired Details

Cottage decor is characterized by its love for vintage-inspired details and quaint accents. From floral patterns and chintz fabrics to antique furniture and weathered finishes, every element tells a story of nostalgia and charm. Specialty wallplates can offer your space a touch of personality while blending into the calm, eclectic tone set by Cottage style.

A cottage living room with lots of natural light, tile floors, and weathered exposed wood ceiling beams

Natural Elements

Cottage interiors often incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, and wicker, bringing a sense of the outdoors inside. Exposed beams, reclaimed wood floors, and rustic accents add authenticity and character to the space, creating a sense of rustic elegance.

An open concept cottage decor style living room and kitchen with white walls, wood ceilings, wood dropdown chandeliers, and blue-gray cabinets

Soft Color Palette

A cottage color palette is soft and soothing, with hues inspired by the natural world. Soft pastels, muted earth tones, and creamy white accent pieces create a sense of serenity and tranquility, while pops of color in cheerful shades add whimsy and personality.

Incorporating Cottage Style in Your Home

Bringing the essence of Cottage decor into your home involves embracing comfort, nostalgia, and simplicity. Choose soft and inviting furnishings, incorporate vintage-inspired accents, and layer textures for added warmth and depth. Amerelle wallplates effortlessly blend with Cottage decor, providing a charming finishing touch that complements the style's rustic elegance and nostalgic appeal.

Cottage Wallplates

The weathered white version of the Dawson collection of Amerelle decorative wood wallplates


Weathered White

The aged bronze version of the English Garden collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates

English Garden

Aged Bronze

The Metro collection of Amerelle decorative ceramic wallplates in the white color option



The Country Wood collection of Amerelle decorative wood wallplates in the medium finished oak wood option


Medium Oak

Amerelle’s Cottage Charm

Amerelle Wallplates and light switch covers embody the cozy charm of Cottage decor. Crafted with attention to detail and vintage-inspired designs, our products seamlessly integrate into Cottage interiors, adding a touch of nostalgia and warmth to your living spaces. Whether you're drawn to the quaint allure of Cottage style or appreciate its timeless elegance, Amerelle wallplates offer the perfect touch, infusing your home with the cozy charm and rustic beauty of countryside living.

Meet Our Contributor

Katerina Herman is a former writer for a health blog covering the foot and ankle disorders. She is a podiatrist with over 10 years of experience. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions, including dermatology, orthopedics, and sports medicine issues specific to the foot and ankle.

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