The new car. A new TV. A new house. Everything has to be a brand spanker in today’s society. And, it has to happen as soon as physically possible. Well, what if you have had enough with an on-demand, contemporary lifestyle? What if you just want to sit back and relax at home? Futuristic design trends are popular, yet retro styles are making a comeback in a big way. One of the trendiest is the cottage charm approach. Not only does it look amazing, but it feels warm and comfy without being outdated. Here are four tips which will help you kit out your modern house like an old school cottage.
Use Natural Materials
Cottages don’t exist in built-up areas where there are noise and air pollution. They are almost always out in the sticks, surrounded by trees and Mother Nature herself. So, it’s only logical to use organic resources to spruce up the interior. Plants and flowers go down a treat because they are bright and vivid and add a level of freshness. But, wood is without a doubt the key ingredient. Dead trees that are stained are incredibly relaxing and beautiful at the same time. For those that can’t afford real hardwood, you can opt for faux instead.
Cottages don’t have plaster to cover the cracks. Instead, they use raw and somewhat crude materials. For one thing, they are (or were) a cheap option. Secondly, they add a nice contrast which gives the property a charm factor that’s hard to replicate. Lots of modern houses already have plaster everywhere, but don’t fear because you can work over it. With stones that you can glue to a wall, you can transform a room in a matter of hours. Take the fireplace as an example. Before it was an ode to an uber modern home, and now it’s fantastically retro thanks to sticky stone.
Again, real wood pieces would be ideal if it wasn’t for the price. Still, there are ways around this problem. One of the easiest and cheapest is to paint furniture. By slapping on the colour, the piece suddenly takes on a new life. Of course, this isn’t suitable if the furniture is fabric because it will ruin it. Plus, it will look ridiculous! But, worldofrenovation.com.au is on hand to offer expert help. Anyway, natural items are fair game and deserve reinvigorating. A savvy tip is to think about the colour scheme of the room before committing to a tin of paint or stain.
Cottages are light during the day and dark at night. The reason is the mass of light which pierces through the windows. And, because there’s no one around, there’s no reason to close the curtains. Don’t opt for blinds as they appear too new and out of place. As the sun drops, draw the drapes and turn to artificial light for help. Soft lamps are great additions to a room if you are looking to set a mood.
Does your home lack charm? Then these tips are the ones for you!
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