Destination Inspiration: Creating a Bright Cottage

When the weather changes, my geography changes too. At some point during the warmer months, my family and I leave the city behind and head off to the closest coast for some fun in sunlight. If I had my way, we’d also have one of the quaint cottages I see along the way.

I peer out of this window, dreamy-eyed and in childlike wonderment. I imagine a beautiful beach-bright house to be the happiest place on earth. Easy, breezy, colorful and carefree is the perfect recipe for the perfect summer getaway, wouldn’t you agree? Some folks have all of the luck, such as the Houzz readers who have the houses here. Let us have a peek and a few notes on the best way to achieve our travel-inspired eyesight.

Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

Painting a front doorway in lively pink tells visitors to anticipate whimsy and delight as soon as they cross the threshold. The yellow abstract painting above confirms this theory and welcomes guest for a refreshing experience.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

Expect the unexpected at a cottage-style house. I’m inspired by the fabric combination of the furniture in the living room along with the neighboring dining room. There is an assortment of patterns within this open area, but the green color palette is what will help to maintain the fabric medley cohesive.

Kelley & Company Home

Incorporating decor from local stores makes a room feel rooted and grounded in its locale. Vintage signs and framed photographs of life on the coast makes any room sense casual and unpretentious.

Kelley & Company Home

In precisely the same bathroom, seafoam-painted hardware, woven wood shades, and storage baskets add both color and texture to a crisp, white area.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

This joyous, exceptionally functional laundry room would make me happy to throw a load before heading to the browse. This hardworking room is totally outfitted in the essentials — a laundry sink, dual ovens, and ample storage — but what makes it sing is your tangy lime cabinetry and mosaic tile backsplash.

Rachel Reider Interiors

A wooden sunburst mirror floats above the bed and against watery blue partitions, introducing an organic element to the area. The color intensifies using the drapery, which functions as the accent in this heavenly monochromatic retreat.

Restyled Home

This dining room is eclecticism at its very best. A well-appointed mix of mid-century chairs together with a rustic dining table and contemporary pendant lighting produces this space appear effortless, yet incredibly stylish. The flood of natural light is almost always a excellent accessory courtesy of Mother Nature.

Dan Waibel Designer Builder

Breezy cottages are all about pleasure. You may not ever paint your cabinets ocean-blue in your city home, but anything goes while on holiday. The coast provides all of the inspiration you need regarding color, materials, fabrics, and furniture. Even if your cottage is further inland, borrowing cues from this ideabook will immediately transport you to the seaside destination of your selection.

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