The “Cottage Style” can mean a lot of different things depending on who you ask, but to me it means cozy, cozy, cozy.
The word cottage comes from the Middle Ages and was the dwelling of a “cotter” or farmer. It’s also used to describe a “cotter pin” or a farmer’s pin, which is a wedge or piece of wire that holds something together.
In fact, the term is still used today. (We used the term on my farm growing up, so I know that it is still in use in the States!)
Now for the tough question: what makes something cozy, architecturally speaking?
Furthermore, how is this achieved on larger modern homes and not just cottages or small farm houses?
How To Make a Home Cozy (Cottage Style Design Characteristics)
One way to achieve this “cozy feeling” is to make the home appear smaller than it is by reducing its footprint and putting bedrooms upstairs.
This means the cottage style needs a different approach than a sprawling ranch design. A story and half or two story layouts are a perfect fit for the cottage style.
Other characteristics of the Cottage Style include:
- Scale: Give the appearance of a smaller home, compact footprint.
- Roofs: Many different roof slopes and varying eave heights.
- Paint Everything: Trim, siding, cabinets, flooring, bead board ceilings, etc.
- Color: Oyster shell, taupe and gray make for the perfect color palette
- Distressed Wood: Give the appearance of older, warmer, and softer wood, which new wood cannot offer.
- Exterior Material: Mixture of siding, stone, and brick.
For a look at the Cottage Style in action, we incorporated these design characteristics into a home in Glen Oaks, which is currently for sale.