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Stylish & Colourful Vacation Cottages

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The use of bold paint colors on walls or furnishings can update your vacation cottage from rustic to chic. Benjamin Moore paint colours: cloud white (CC-40), apple green (2026-40)

Spice up the look of your vacation cottage with bold colours.
Walls: cloud white (CC-40)
Custom sideboard (by Geovin): apple green (2026-40)

The application of cool paint hues on the walls and bed frame gives this  traditional vacation cottage bedroom a handsome contemporary makeover. Benjamin Moore paint colours: deep in thought (AF-30), gray sea haze (2137-50)

A Modern twist to country living.
Walls: sea haze (2137-50) Bed: deep in thought (AF-30)
Bedding: Gluckstein Home Collection
Table lamps, white side table, chair, rug, cushions, throw: Elte Home

The sky is the limit when it's time to decide the style and décor for your vacation cottage or home.

Gone are the days when the basement furniture transitions to the cottage along with all the unwanted knick-knacks. Today, even the most rustic cabins are stylish.

In fact, more and more design trends evolve from a country home theme—think harvest tables, barn doors, and weathered wood flooring combined with modern, streamlined furnishings.

We've used these photos from the Design Time Muskoka Cottage on Lake Rosseau in Northern Ontario to illustrate some great ideas for paint colours to decorate your cottage. The painted furniture pieces are very inspiring and illustrate the new modern take on cottage style perfectly. (Benjamin Moore provided the paint used for this endeavour.)

Modern Cottage Style Colours

Country cottage style is surprisingly on the rise, and like all trends, what goes around comes around. The first photo illustrates a new take that combines the 1980's predominantly white "shabby chic" with more modern features and lines.

White remains a mainstay, of course, with the all-time Canadian favourite cloud white (CC-40), but today we see it paired up with vibrant, cheery colours like apple green (2026-40) and cool aqua (2056-40).


Updated Rustic Colour & Design

On the other hand if your summer home is truly "rustic chic", it can easily look more updated with some colour on the wall and a few "up-cycled" objects and furnishings.

This can be a unique style when vintage accessories and natural wood mix and match with colours and patterns accenting the prevailing wood and soft neutrals.

In this bedroom (bottom photo), the old pine bed was painted with Benjamin Moore's deep in thought (AF-30) using Aura® satin paint to contrast with the dark, reclaimed wood floors. The walls painted a contemporary gray sea haze (2137-50).


Styles Evolve Over Time

Whether you have a vacation cottage to enjoy or would like to infuse your home with the new country cottage style, be creative and have fun with your decorating. Remember, paint and colour can revive almost anything from walls to hand-me-down furniture.

Visit our Colour Gallery to explore our thousands of beautiful paint colours, and get more great colour & style ideas from Sharon Grech.

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