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Design Ideas for the Quintessential Cornish Cottage
To own a quaint Cornish cottage is the dream of many Britons. The rich history of Cornwall, the beautiful countryside and the legendary friendliness of the people make this one of the favourite places in the country to have the perfect little hideaway. If it could be a stone cottage on the rugged North Cornwall coast overlooking the Atlantic, or a little haven of peace somewhere inland, so much the better.
Small can be beautiful
The relatively small size of the typical Cornish cottage usually means there isn’t room for overly dramatic choices when it comes to interior design. The rule here should be to maintain harmony between the snug rooms, the relatively small spaces and the proportions of the décor.
When it comes to window treatment, at all costs avoid heavy curtain material and overly ornate draperies. Brocade in a Cornish cottage will look as out of place as a plastic tablecloth in Buckingham Palace. A safe choice would be lace, voile, muslin and gingham. Avoid overdoing it with tails and swags – the typical Cornish cottage window simply is too small to handle them.
When it comes to furnishing the cottage, head for local yard sales, flea markets, antique stores and anywhere else where furniture with that ‘lived-in’ look can be found. With such a cottage one doesn’t want a brand new look, so it doesn’t matter if the upholstery looks well used. In terms of design, look for floral patterns, plain fabrics and the judicious utilisation of checks. To add character, include some throws and pillows, and of course the living room will look beautiful with hand-broidered lace antimacassars. As for the dining room, an oak dining table will add an air of elegance and style to any cottage.
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