modern cottage.

ever since i found out i was moving into a cozy cottage, i’ve been daydreaming away about how i’ll be decorating it. although it’s an older victorian cottage, it’s been modernized — almost too much, so we’re ripping up carpeting and restoring fir wood floors and replacing bad lighting fixtures (and i mean really bad) and white washing the walls. the landlord has been swell about all my ideas and was wanting to give the place a facelift anyway, so i am quite fortunate to be able to have a little say in what colors we paint, and what fixtures we go with. i keep looking around for inspiring ideas and here’s a few i really love. a modern cottage is the way i really want to go.

my bedroom is an a-frame, and i keep wondering — do i go black again behind my bed, like this one from erin martin design? or go peaceful white? what do you think?

there will be lots of bright white and some plant life for sure, like this via line thit klein photography (above); and bolig; and little house blog (below).

and i hope to keep things nice and open — as much as i can in such a small space — like this via lönngren widell photography.

i find lotta jansdotter’s organized shelving inspiring, via design*sponge.

i’m also liking the idea of built-in bookshelves like the sticotti shelving from design within reach (above); or these white shelves (or some kind of more affordable ikea-hack) photographed by Jacob Termansen, via vosgesparis (below).

• top photos via peter kragballe photography; and nicole franzen.

25 Responses to “modern cottage.”
  1. I love the idea of the black wall behind the bed, especially if the rest of the space is bright. It lends such a cozy feeling to the room.

  2. Paige says:

    If I could describe my style aesthetic, it would be “modern cottage.” Modern can be comfortable and a cottage can be sophisticated. Put them together and BAM. Beauty.

  3. Uncle Beefy says:

    I’m kinda with Brett on this one, V. I love a good counterpoint. Or what about a really dark charcoal or *dark* chocolate – something that ‘reads’ black but changes with the lighting? So exciting about the move! Although, for the record, I *hate* moving. So I feel for you at the same time. Can’t wait to see the results!

  4. that dark background looks stunning..worth a shot for all the images in this post..thanks for sharing..xx meenal

  5. liz says:

    So looking forward to seeing it! PLEASE do before and after photos. They are my favorite.

  6. Igor says:

    I love green accents in a bright, white home!! Can’t wait to see how you will style up your new abode!

  7. leslie kingery says:

    I so like the contrasts in the first picture & last. They feels modern, open, yet warm. Sometimes all white feels cold, even in a small abode. Can’t wait to see your finished home!

  8. Julian Hazlett says:

    I am so eager to see your new place and how you decorate it.

  9. ethanollie says:

    i always gravitate to dark in photos, but when it come times to do the deed i fall right back to white. i’m afraid i am no help…but either look is stellar.

  10. Miriam says:

    love the clean and white style <3

  11. Whitney says:

    If you have an opportunity to paint a room black I say go for it! I recently painted my bathroom black and couldn’t be happier with the results! Feel free to check them out here:

  12. Patricia says:

    I am so excited for you and this new opportunity of making a lovely new home. I myself am in the process of looking for my own tiny space in Seattle.
    A few years ago I painted my bedroom walls a rich chocolate brown, with white trim. I loved it, and though most everything in the room like my comforter were white, the brown also looked very pretty with other colors. But I do love crisp white walls best of all, with a mix of modern and vintage decor.
    I so look forward to seeing your new place!!

  13. Black would be fantastic… I have charcoal walls in my bedroom (previously had white) and they give the room an amazing feel. Cave-like in a good, cozy way.

  14. Gorgeous photos. I like dark colours for bedrooms… I feel like they ought to have a haven-like ambience. Love the cowhide too :)

  15. I really like the black wall!So gorgeous!l

  16. i LOVE the dark wood wall. of course, i may bit a partial to the darker color because I painted our bedroom ‘chocolate rose’. deep, dark, beautiful.

    so glad your new landlord is on the bandwagon!

  17. We love, love this inspiration collection of interiors!

  18. LOVE that modern cottage! Go black with the walls – especially with a crisp white ceiling & other accessories!

  19. Kimbydee says:

    I absolutely love the dark walled bedroom. I’ve painted everything in my home white except for the bedroom walls which are milk chocolate. I let my sister and BFF talk me into it instead of a dark chocolate that I should have gone with but I have been happy with the dark walls for years now and am not going to change it unless I go darker. Very cave like for sleeping which is saying something for SW Florida!

  20. Kimbydee says:

    Oh! I also am really glad you’ve found a place you can be excited about and having a nice landlord open to your ideas is great!

  21. Monica says:

    I need this house in my life. I love white walls with simple furniture and design.

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