Photo Gallery: 16 Dreamy Cottage Bedrooms
Classic lakeside rooms to inspire summer decor.
The creamy palette lends a calm and sophisticated vibe to this guest room. The traditional wooden double-hung windows are accented by rich grey sashes, all the better to highlight a fabulous, tree-lined view of the lake.
An unconventionally polished approach to cottage decorating involves wrapping the space in a bold Chenonceau pattern by Schumacher. A Georgian fanlight from an architectural salvage shop was fused to a beadboard base to craft a statement headboard. The drapes are trimmed in rope for a nautical note.
Designer Karen Cole displayed this hand-carved Indonesian panel as art for decades before converting it into headboard for the principal bedroom. Together with the potpourri of textiles — a quilt and sheets from Revelle, a bedcover from West Elm and a rug from The County Furniture Company — it helps establish the bohemian, slightly exotic look she was after.
Suzanne Dimma and her husband Arriz Hassam can fully appreciate their cottage’s leafy environs from an 8′ window behind the bed.
In a narrow kids’ room, an intentionally high upper bunk creates an airy atmosphere. Colourful fabrics, crisp metal details and traditional pine boards epitomize the modern cottage.
The dramatic combo of light and dark distinguishes the coastal architecture. A popular choice in vacation homes, seagrass rugs hold down dust and are more comfortable underfoot than bare wood. Old-fashioned hospital lamps from Beall & Bell are the perfect height for reading.
The canopy bed fulfills one of the homeowner’s childhood fantasies in the principal bedroom. Striped bed curtains and a seagrass rug add beachy flair.
In the main-floor guest bedroom, an old, monogrammed wicker trunk serves as a rustic bedside table, and adds a camp-style vibe. A whirring ceiling fan adds an authentic vintage touch and circulates the still summer air.
What could be more classic in a cottage than a crisp coat of white paint and cool white sheets? A raffia headboard from John & Chris Interiors adds warmth to the airy principal bedroom. The iconic ladderback chair and rush-seated bench came with the home and reference the more traditional cottage style. Mirrored pillows by John Robshaw from Lucca and a glamorous oil portrait of Elizabeth Taylor — a housewarming gift — shake things up.
In a spare bedroom, vintage wooden hat moulds form a ring above an old dresser. A wash of white creates a graphic look paired with dark furniture and floors. The old-fashioned pitcher, wash basin and spool chair emphasize the vernacular vibe.
Homeowner Karyn Gordon reused many pieces to craft a one-of-a-kind look. “We used logs from our property as bedside tables. I painted the old trunk, which came with the cottage, a soft white. It stores extra linens. We got the striped blanket in Mexico. It’s perfect for here: light but warm.”
White wainscotting, crisp bed linens, a cooling ceiling fan and windows opened wide to lake breezes are quintessential cottage details in a boathouse bedroom. The plaid check is homespun but graphic.
Dark wood twin headboards, bought at an auction, feel light and airy after a paint transformation. Painting both new and second-hand finds in the same white brings a cohesive look to a room. Pale blue and white quilts and accent pillows freshen plain white linens.
A row of built-in bunk beds saves space and makes sleepovers fun. Cottage-country fleamarkets and thrift stores can be a well-priced resource for authentic finds: the apple-picking ladder was snagged for $15 at a local antiques store.
The aesthetic of this bunkie guest room ties in with the main cottage so that visitors who stay here feel equally comfortable. Tongue-and-groove panelling, painted a soothing sage and a bright white, creates a cosy backdrop for an inviting mix of thrift store finds.