Cottage-Inspired Kids' Rooms

Canadian House & Home

Every summer, we feel the powerful allure of cottage decor: natural wood, seashells, wicker and plain white walls, all awash in a sea of sunlight. Even if you live in an urban center, you can take your cue from these cottage and cottage-inspired bedrooms, found at Canadian House & Home, and bring some cottage vibe to your kids' rooms.

The trick to achieving this look is restraint. You want to mix vintage and newer pieces without being cluttery, and layer patterns without being too matchy-matchy or too busy. While you want to bring color into the room, do so with a light hand. White walls make a great backdrop for this look, and don't be afraid to leave them more bare than you might normally do.

If you like themed rooms, the nautical look is a popular cottage standby – again remembering to exercise restraint. It only takes two or three elements (such as the model sailboats, sailboat bedspreads and blue motif in the room above) to get the theme across.

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