Cottagey Stripes

colorful cottage style stripes on a sink skirt and rug in a white cottage kitchen - magnusselander via atticmagColor, pattern and flexibility of cottage style stripes make this an easy look to achieve.

Cottage doesn’t rise or fall on a consistent color scheme or require orthodoxy on surfaces or overall style. Its strength is its ability to be a little bit of this and that and still work visually. That means colorful cottage style stripes [top] in a kitchen sink skirt can happily exist in close proximity with a similar rug. No matching required.

colorful table cover with cottage style stripes - magnusselander via atticmagThe informality of cottagey stripes, and the number of different colors, present so many options for picking out one or two to use as accents. And unlike slicker styles which emphasize stone, wood or tile, cottage can be very dependent on fabric, particularly fabric table coverings which add tons of charm.

Swedish style room with a red and white mixed with cottage style stripes on the rug - house and home via atticmagRed and white stripes – here accomplished by a red chevron pattern  – is a default, mid-20th century cottage look whether the fabric is cotton or French linen.  And in this Swedish style cottage set up, stripes mix happily with gingham, a floral print, a different stripe-style rug, and painted furniture, too. Which helps explain why cottage lives on and on.

(Source: magnusselander, houseand home)

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