7 Things for a Beautiful English Cottage Room Makeover

Oh those English cottage rooms with layers of lovely patterns get me every time. When we visited the Cotswolds in summer last year, I felt even more in love with that quintessential English cottage charm and I started dreaming up a new design that brought in all those layers of beauty.

English Cottage Room

Though I am sourcing the elements for the new look yet-and there are many more elements in designing a room- there are 7 things I am planning on incorporating. Sharing a bit of inspiration today for Friday Favorites along with some elements to get the look.


Wallpaper is key for the look I’m going for. I love the patterns and pretty that a charming wallpaper brings. From florals to toilet to ticking stripes- I don’t think you can go wrong. I am leaning in the direction of a lovely vining floral look for the backdrop. You can see 7 inspirations for wallpapers HERE

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Floral Fabrics

Whether it is an upholstered piece like a headboard or a chair and ottoman, pillows or layers on the bed. I love floral fabrics on repeat for an English cottage look and am planning on incorporating some of those romantic blooms.

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Ticking Stripes and Checks

Along with the florals- bring on those ticking stripes and checks. You might remember my Charles Faudree inspired couch from waaaay back when I first started blogging. And I love those bold and beautiful chunky checks even now. I am planning on bringing stripes and checks back in the design.

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Chippy Paint and Raw wood

Because both are key in getting that rustic well-loved patina. Think painted wicker, raw wood tables and dressers and even simple pieces like stools. That raw or painted element brings in another layer and a whole lot of charm.

Antiques like Artwork and Books

Old oil paintings. Florals in gilded frames. Landscapes. And pieces like old leather books in a cupboard or stacked on a table. Adding vintage art and old books to a room instantly makes it feel collected and like it has come together over time.

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How could not have some beautiful transferware included in an English cottage design? Plates on the wall, transferware in a cupboard, a transferware vase filled with fresh flowers on the table. I am a huge fan of old transferware and have collected several colors and patterns- I tend to lean towards blue and white when thinking of the English cottage look I am going for but will see how it all comes together.

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Vintage Rug

A needlepoint, Aubusson or even an old hooked rug on the floor brings in a beautiful layer underfoot. It doesn’t have to be vintage- vintage style works perfectly.

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English cottage design is all about layers- a comfy place to sit, patterns and pretty on repeat, old well loved and worn finishes, collections on display and lots of romantic charm. I have found a couple of pieces for the look so far and will share how it comes together soon.

What are your favorite elements of old English cottage designs?

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