Contemporary cabin furnishings have a consistent design basic – creating a relaxed and informal home environment. That design basically also applies to decorating a cottage in a modern style. What distinguishes a “modern” cottage is how you converge and customize traditional cottage styles with what’s new and “modern”. You can still choose French, Tuscan, Swedish, rural, shabby chic, rural or retro as your design aesthetic and cohesive theme, then give it a twist by incorporating modern choices in interior design, color colors, artwork, lighting and accent pieces.
Take inventory of items you want to keep in order to anchor your contemporary cabin style, such as shabby chic or land. For example, if your cottage has heirloom furniture from your family that you want to keep, incorporate new accent pieces for a modern look. Set a new tin lamp on top of a turn-of-the-century bureau. Change muted needle pillows with bright and colorful pillows. Change the lace curtains with sheers or linen curtains. Use modern curtain rods and rings instead of old-fashioned window treatments and hardware.
Paint the cottage in colors that will give it a modern look, such as lighter versions of classic cottage colors. Older cottages are typically painted in muted colors or pastels, or in traditional English and French country combinations of blue and white or blue and yellow. Contemporary cabin are lighter, lighter and color choices are wider. Use white to add light and create a color background. Paint the walls white and introduce vibrant, citrus colors, lemon yellow and orange or a bright palette of fuchsia and turquoise for pillows, plates and decorative accents. As an alternative to white, creamy, neutral shades of beige and gray use for wall paints.
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