Today I’m sharing several English Cottage Elements that won’t break the bank! Decorating ideas that you can incorporate without spending a ton of money.
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Incorporating cottage elements into your home can be more affordable than you might think. If you love English Cottage style as much as I do, I hope that these ideas will inspire you!
English Cottage Elements to Incorporate in Your Home
Neutral Color Palettes
Paint is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a space. Traditional English cottages were built and decorated using a lot of colors from nature. Muted tones and soft hues can brighten a space and really allow your decor to shine.
You can find all of our paint colors here if you’re interested!
Years ago when cottages were built on the countryside, homeowners used wood from the surrounding area to build furniture. While I love painted furniture and have it all throughout my home, I try to incorporate a lot of wooden pieces as well.
My absolute favorite wood finish is scrubbed pine, but it can be pricey. I love thrifting for furniture and refinishing it myself using stripper or bleach, or if you’re handy try building something yourself! My husband built our dining room table and I absolutely love it!
Shelves and Built-ins
One of the things that makes cottages so quaint are the built-in shelves you find in every corner! Do you have an awkward corner without a purpose? Or empty wall space that could use some dimension? Add some shelving!
If you don’t have room for shelves or built-ins, consider a plate or cutting board display. That’s what we did with the space right off of our kitchen, and it was all constructed with scraps from older projects that we had left over!
Wild flowers gathered from nearby meadows isn’t a reality for most of us, especially when we are ready for spring in March but it’s still snowing outside. Thankfully there are so many gorgeous faux flower options available today, in fact I wrote a whole post about faux greens here if you’d like to check it out!
Quintessential to so many English Cottages are cozy reading nooks. An overstuffed chair with a side table and lamp, and of course – a cup of tea. Ha! Honestly, though, choose a corner in your home and set up a cozy nook. Our Ikea chairs were very affordable and they are so perfect for curling up and reading a good book, which leads me to my next point!
Another English Cottage Style element that is so simple and affordable to incorporate are books! I love using vintage books throughout my decor, and the best place to find them is at thrift shops. I got the entire set on my fireplace built-ins for just .25 cents each!
Probably one of the first things I think of when I envision English cottages are rustic, beautiful, exposed beams. Authentic beams can be expensive, so we decided to make our own and add them to our kitchen!
A lot of traditional English cottages were built by locally sourced stone. Unfortunately, stone usually comes with a hefty price tag. Luckily we have so many amazing options today that replicate stone but at a fraction of the cost.
Our AirStone fireplace and accent wall are perfect examples of this!
Also…garage sale season is coming, and believe it or not, the stone surrounding our porch came from a yard sale! So keep an eye out this spring when you go hunting for treasures! 🙂
Antique and Vintage Finds
New is nice, but start looking for ways to incorporate older furniture and vintage items into your home decor. The charm and character found in antique items is hard to replicate, and English cottage style is almost impossible to achieve without vintage elements. You can watch one of my recent antique hauls here!
Do you have something you love to collect? A beautiful set of dishes, vintage artwork, old books, antique bread boards? Display them for all to see! I love to display by Pfaltzgraff dishes on my dining room shelves. They make such a statement when grouped together!
Wainscoting dates back hundreds of years, and you see it in almost every single English Cottage home. If tongue and groove planking is out of your budget, consider beadboard paneling. In my opinion, it adds just as much character as the real stuff! You can see how we added it to our entryway here, and as I type this we are adding it to our sunroom as well!
Well I hope these ideas inspired you today! What are some other things that you think of when you consider English Cottage Elements? Let me know in the comments below!