8 English Cottage Inspired Elements for Spring Decor

8 English Cottage Elements to use for spring decor

Are you guys thinking about springtime yet? I know I am! Today I’m sharing 8 English inspired cottage elements to bring into your home for spring!

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As we shift from cozy cottage winter decor to spring, I love to bring items into my home that represent the coming season. I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite English cottage style elements that I love to incorporate this time of year!

Gathering Baskets 

Baskets filled with fresh or faux flowers can instantly create a springtime feeling. I love hanging baskets on walls and doors and filling them with florals, plus they are so easy to find at thrift stores and the flea market.

Basket wall decor behind living room furniture in english cottage inspired elements and style home decorated for spring

I try to make them look as though I was walking through the countryside, picking wildflowers to bring home and decorate with, ha! 

Simple and minimal cottage style entryway with thrifted baskets and decor

I even use a large basket on top of my fridge for stems that pop beautifully against the ceiling beam and stone accent wall!

The power of painting a space to redecorate in your home

Straw Hats

I absolutely love using straw hats for my spring and summertime decor! They add so much texture and depth – just like a pretty basket would!

Sun hats hung in my bedroom as spring decor

Here in Michigan, straw hats are reserved for gardening in the summer or walking along the beach. We don’t wear them in the wintertime, so I usually put them away during the colder months. 

Springtime cottage entryway

As the weather warms up, I love to bring them out again! I hang straw hats on the hooks in my entryway, my pegs in the mudroom, and I even hung one on a ladder in my bedroom last year. 

Shaker style peg racks in mudroom entry area
Vintage Antique Ladder used in cottage inspired bedroom

Watering Cans

There’s nothing that says ‘spring’ more than watering cans! I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about them that makes me smile. Maybe it’s because I can picture my boys filling them up with the garden hose, barefoot in the grass. 

Entryway in cottage style home decorated for spring

Old watering cans can make the most beautiful vessels for flower arrangements! I love using them during lilac season to hold bundles of flowers, but they are also beautiful all on their own. 

Kitchen and dining room home interior design based on english cottage elements

Flowers & Stems – Fresh or Faux

This seems obvious, but flowers – whether real or faux – instantly create a springtime feeling. I have a passion for using real flowers, especially in the spring when everything is blooming. They make a great centerpiece on my dining table, or you can add them to wreaths!

Spring decor using lilacs and baskets to hold them in dining room decor

Last year my sister let me clip some of her apple blossoms and the pale pinks of the blossoms were so lovely in my dining room!

Bringing the outside for spring dining room decor on farmhouse table
Buffet decor in cottage style dining room with real flowers and cottage elements

Cotton stems or a floral wreath also give a spring time feel. If it’s still cold outside where you live and fresh flowers aren’t available, I just shared a blog post all about faux ferns and stems and how you can make them look more realistic, here.

Galvanized Metal 

We often drill holes in metal buckets and using them out in the garden to plant herbs and flowers. Maybe that’s why galvanized metal makes me think of spring! 

I love bringing galvanized metal indoors for beautiful arrangements, as well. I found an old minnow bucket once at a thrift store and sometimes I use it on my coffee table for fresh flowers. 

Spring touches with galvanized metal cottage elements

I thrifted another galvanized pail that looked beautiful with fresh flowers from my yard just last spring. Keep an eye out for these fun buckets and pails at your local thrift store!

Corner table in spring cottage living room

Various Garden Items

Old garden tools, rakes, and vintage seed signage can all make for amazing springtime decor! 

Antique rakes and yard tools used as cottage elements in spring decor
Paint colors used in shaker style mudroom entryway makeover in cottage style home

I’ll never forget the awesome wooden crate that I scored while antique shopping three summers ago now. The gentleman told me that it came from a local flower farm! It made for a great centerpiece on my table and I love the story it told!

Very cool antique crate I found at an antique store

Lighter Throws, Pillow Covers and Linens

In the wintertime, I like to decorate with heavier throws and cozy blankets. But as springtime approaches, I like to switch out my linens to something lighter and more airy. 

Pops of greenery instantly create a feeling of spring time in our cottage style bedroom

Instead of knitted pillow covers, look for something lightweight and breathable. Remove extra throw pillows and heavy blankets to lighten things up. 

Tidy and Clean Living Room filled with cottage inspired elements

Vintage Artwork

I have been loving vintage artwork lately! If you caught my unofficial home tour last week, you saw that I actually incorporated some into my living room!

Vintage artwork in our galley kitchen as cottage inspired elements

I especially love landscape paintings, and I think they make for the perfect springtime decor. Did you know that I actually have some for sale on my blog? I’m not an artist, but I love to paint whenever I get the chance. You can check out my prints here if you’re interested!

I hope this full blog post of 8 cottage inspired elements inspired you today, friends! If you are looking for more inspiration, check out Pine and Prospect Home on Instagram or Facebook. What are some ways that you like to decorate for spring? I’d love to hear in the comments below!



8 English Cottage Inspired Elements to use for spring decor


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