Hardwood or Carpet for Cottage Style

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There are colors associated with cottage style and several standard décor components too. But what about flooring? Is there a type of flooring that is better suited for a cottage style home?

The two most popular choices for residential flooring in 2017 are hardwood floors and carpet. The odds are you will choose one of these types of floors for your cottage style home remodel.

We recommend hardwood floor over carpet for cottage style homes for a few reasons. We will explain those reasons in the post below:

Benefits of Hardwood Floor

(1) Durability

The main reason we prefer hardwood floor and don’t recommend carpet in a cottage style home is because hardwood is extremely durable. A good hardwood floor can last the entire lifetime of a home. You don’t need to worry about tears or stains or soiling. The only concern is deep scratches which can be avoided if you do not drag items on the floor or allow pets with long claws on the floor.

Unfortunately, carpet will only last around 10 years. If you care for carpet and maintain it well you might be able to extend its lifetime to 10-15 years which would require regular professional carpet cleaning every year and diligent attention to stains and soil.

(2) Classic

There is nothing more classic than hardwood floors. You might consider carpet to be more traditional if you lived in the 60s or 70s or 80s but the truth is that hardwood floor was the most popular floor choice for homes for several decades and centuries before.

The core idea behind cottage style is traditional and classic so therefore it is only natural you would choose the most classic type of flooring available for your home.

(3) Versatility

A hardwood floor offers much more versatility than carpet does. If you choose a natural tone carpet, you need to choose furniture and décor that complements or even contrasts it. Whereas a hardwood floor is adaptable to almost any design and color of cottage style décor.

You can even add a little color to the hardwood floor itself if you decide to place area rugs throughout the home. The area rug will provide some of the comfort you lose by choosing hardwood floor and creates another focal point and décor opportunity for the home.

Downside of Hardwood Floor

To be fair, we will provide some of the downside of hardwood floor:

  • One issue with hardwood is the initial purchase and installation cost. Due to the benefits listed above, hardwood floor is much more expensive than carpet and it requires hiring a professional installation company to ensure it is placed on the floor correct.
  • The other issue with hardwood floor is comfort and cushioning. You could experience aches and pains over time by constantly walking on the cold hardwood floor instead of a cushioned carpet flooring.

In the end, we feel the benefits of a beautiful hardwood floor outweigh the benefits of carpet and ultimately recommend hardwood for your cottage style home when it comes time to decide which type of flooring you want in your home.

Add Color to Your Cottage Style Kitchen

We mentioned white as one of the core decor components of the cottage style. You will want white to be one of the main colors in your cottage style home and kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be the only color. There are creative ways you can incorporate and add color to your cottage style kitchen that complement the white overtone.

This post will provide a few ideas on where a dash of blue or brown or other neutral tones will provide a stylish statement suitable for cottage décor:

1) Kitchen Island

You could consider painting the foundation of your kitchen island a different color. The countertop should be a granite or stone material with a white or light tone but then the bottom of the island could be a neutral yellow or an eggshell blue. Both light colors would complement the cottage style and white overtone of the kitchen.

2) Kitchen Ceiling

The walls in the kitchen should be white, but what about the ceiling? Consider painting the ceiling a light blue tone or perhaps a light green for a fresh feeling in the room.

3) Kitchen Appliances

Find an old kitchen stove or refrigerator from the ‘60s or ‘70s that was made in a light blue or yellow tone. Colored appliances were extremely popular during those eras and you could refurbish the appliance to add décor and color to your cottage style home.

4) Floral Arrangements

This idea is very easy to pull off. You just need to add fresh florals throughout the room. Perhaps and arrangement of sunflowers on the table or the kitchen island. Two or three floral displays in the kitchen will add an appropriate amount of color without any major upgrades, repairs or design projects.

5) Colorful Antiques

Distressed and refurbished antiques are popular for cottage style homes and often are made in colorful designs. You can find vintage advertisements for Coca-Cola or other popular brands and use them to add color and charm to your cottage style kitchen.

You’re sure to love one of these ideas above. All are easy to accomplish with just a little paint or a trip to the antique store or a local florist. Just a little bit of color in the kitchen goes a long way to creating a cheerful and cozy space for you and your family to enjoy.

Cottage Style Decor Components

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For a true country cottage style home, there are some décor components you cannot do without. These décor items are essentials if you desire to live in the country cottage home of your dreams.

This post will list a few of the standard elements of the country cottage style in order to achieve the design you want:

(1) Nature

You can’t have a cottage style home without incorporating nature into the design. Incorporate pines and woods into the design and do not clutter walls and spaces with too much décor for an open and airy feel that’s common in the cottage style.

(2) White

Bold colors are not common in the cottage style. You should use white and light tones throughout most of the rooms. These lighter colors also aid in the airy and open ambiance associated with the cottage style.

(3) Cozy & Comfortable

The furniture in a cottage style home must be comfortable and cozy and inviting. You should avoid sleek styles and architectural furniture often associated with modern and contemporary décor and instead opt for oversized furniture with throw pillows and blankets.

(4) Floral

Floral designs should be throughout each room and you will want fresh flowers in a handful of rooms as well. Flowers will aid in the natural ambiance and provide touches of color to complement the white and neutral paint tones in the home.

(5) DIY

You don’t need items and décor in a cottage style home to have professional polish. Distressed items and even DIY crafts and projects are welcome in the décor of a cottage style home. You can refurbish old chairs and furniture and incorporate them into a room or even add an intentional distressed touch to wood items with a power sander.

Have fun decorating a cottage style home and be sure the design represents you and is your own. No matter the style of home you choose, you simply must be comfortable after all is said and done.

These elements should provide a good start for a beautiful cottage style home you and your family will love to live in!

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