Your lakeside cottage should feel like the perfect home away from home, and a lot of that feeling comes from the decor! If you’ve had your lakehouse for some time or you’re ready to spruce it up with a new makeover, here are a few easy tips on how to bring some life and excitement to your lakeside cottage!
Many lakeside or beachside homes are dressed up in nautical themes full of various shades of blues, sandy tones and white. While nautical themes are a traditional and a wonderful way to decorate your cottage, there are a few other colour schemes we love! Using browns from light to dark chocolate can bring a warm, earthy feel to your cottage and is a terrific base for a rustic cabin feel. Perhaps you love the colours of autumn, so why not bring those golds, oranges, russet, reds and yellows into your decor to mimic that gorgeous fall foliage! If you love the greens that surround bodies of water, from light green to a rich pine, add a green accent wall to bring those natural colours inside. When choosing a colour scheme for your cottage, it’s a good decorating tip to pick a focus colour and then select two secondary colours to use with drapes, upholstery, wall art, furniture and knick-knacks.
Indoor to Outdoor Living
One of the highlights of having a lakeside cottage is that you can easily pop out to visit the lake for a swim, a boating excursion or sandcastle competitions with the grandkids. With this in mind, focusing on outdoor to indoor spaces such as porches, patios or sunrooms can make cottage life that much sweeter. Having a screened-in porch can offer a space for you to store those lakeside activities, like sand toys, water boards, kayaks and more, making the transition from outdoor activity to indoor a little easier. You can even use paddles as part of your decor that doubles as storage!
Decorate Around The View
Arguably the best part of lake living is the view. If you have a space with that picturesque lake view out the windows, put your time and energy into this room as it’s likely this will be where you spend most of your relaxing hours. Furnish with only the comfiest seating for reading, visiting and napping. Hang photos of your family here, find the fluffiest pillows and coziest throws and don’t be afraid to use a bold pattern. Perhaps you’d even be willing to leave out a TV in this room, to allow for more face-to-face time with your loved ones either by chatting, playing board games or card games or reading the morning paper together.
However you decide to spruce up your lakeside cottage, make sure to design it with your relaxation in mind. Your home away from home should be comfortable, easy and inviting. If you’re considering a cottage by the lake as a vacation home, we’ve got plenty of gorgeous properties to look at! Come visit us today!