Maine Travel>>>> Maine Cottage Style Living
Beach cottage style
designs are elegant, beautiful, and refreshing. If
you love the designs of the cottage style homes on the Northeastern
beaches of the United States, but don't live there, never fear, you can
still achieve a Maine Cottage
design style for your home. The best way to achieve a cottage style
beach home design is to incorporate the main features that are
indicative of the design such as brightly painted wood furniture,
wicker furniture pieces, and style elements that bring the outside in.
Brightly Painted Wood Furniture
The painted colors of
wood furniture are one of the classic design elements of a cottage
style home. Bright or pastel color paints smoothly painted on wood
furniture add a beautiful and fresh design to your home. All of the
furniture in the room does not have to be the same color, it is better
if they are coordinating, complimentary colors; you can also mix
natural wood with painted wood furniture. To achieve the proper painted
wood look, make sure to sand, prime, apply two coats of paint, and add
sealer to the wood.
When you think of wicker
furniture, you might think it is only for patios, however with cottage
beach style that is not the case. Wicker furniture can beautifully fit
indoors and make a very comfortable and inviting room. To achieve the
cottage style look, the wicker is usually painted in bright colors and
the soft cushions have prints of flowers or birds with complementary
colors in the patterns.
Bring the Outside In
Bringing the outside in
can be achieved in a few ways. The best way to achieve this look is to
make sure that you have minimal window treatments so that the sun can
shine in, bringing the outside in, literally. The sun bathed rooms are
always bright and airy. In addition, sunshine makes people happy. Do
not forget to add lighting to replace the sun on cloudy days and also
include warm lighting elements for the evenings.
A second way to bring
the outside of the beach inside is with painting of the beach or ocean
creatures. Pictures of beaches, fish, or nautical images can tie in the
cottage beach theme style very well.
Using shells is another
excellent way to bring the outside in,
especially drawing on the beach and ocean for designs. Shell bowls can
be used in the kitchen or dining table for a centerpiece. You can also
use smaller shells glued to a picture frame or mirror border to include
a big of the beach in your design styles everywhere in your home. Once entering the parking lot, however, that impression starts to
change with the sight of two large barns connected by what almost looks
like a breezeway on steroids.
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