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Romantic Cottage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Updated on May 21, 2017
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Faye loves to help her daughter decorate the rooms in her old farmhouse and to share what they have done with others.

What is the Romantic Cottage Decorating Style?

To put it simply, "Romantic Cottage" is very similar to the shabby chic or cottage decorating style with some romance thrown in! It usually includes floral fabrics, soft pink and green colors, and white or wicker furniture.

The Romantic Cottage style creates a soft, pretty, and comfortable atmosphere.

Accessories can usually be found by shopping at antique stores, used furniture stores, yard sales, consignment shops, or even in your grandma's attic. You will love the bedroom that you create with your own ideas and love.

My daughter decorated her (and her husband's) bedroom using this style. It may sound too feminine for a man, but her husband doesn't mind. After all, it does create a "romantic atmosphere"! You will see how Vicky combined the old with the new to create the cozy, romantic bedroom she was dreaming of.

Read about how it all started with a bolt of floral fabric.

Bedroom Before:

Bedroom Before
Bedroom Before

Bedroom After:

Bedroom After
Bedroom After

A Romantic Cottage Bedroom

Roses are for love, and as you can see, this room has a rose theme. The trellis is the main focus of the room, but roses are also in the curtains, bed linens, pillows, chair fabric, and in pictures. You'll also find rose potpourri and candle scent. This room is full of love.

From Start to Finish

It all started with a bolt of fabric:

One day I went to Vicky's house and she showed me a bolt of fabric with a beautiful cabbage rose design that she had bought on sale at a local fabric store. She said, "I love this fabric design, and I'm going to use it when I redecorate my bedroom. I don't know how I'm going to use it, whether it will be curtains or coverlet, pillow covers, or what. I just know that I want to use it." And, so it began.

Painting the bedroom:

She used the fabric to match a color for painting the walls. She used Outback for the walls and ceiling and Candlelight Ivory for the woodwork. (Behr brand paint.) Her house has the wide baseboards and window facings. With a little help from me, she painted the room.

The furniture:

Next, she shopped for the furniture. She already owned most of the pieces, but some required painting to achieve the look she wanted. She purchased a dresser and a few small tables. Even at this point she wasn't sure what she was going to do with the fabric.

Adding a few unique touches:

To make the room special she added a few unique touches: a rose trellis, homemade lamps, white picket fence, old portraits, fireplace, and vintage bedding. Some things she already owned and re-purposed for this room. She browsed the consignment shops and antique stores for others. Even small nick-knacks make a big difference.

How the fabric was finally used:

The room was almost finished and she still had not found a use for her fabric. Then one day she found a chair and ottoman at a consignment shop. It needed to be re-upholstered, so, bingo, that is how she used her material! She had slip covers made for the chair in the cabbage rose floral and purchased a coordinating fabric for the ottoman (shown in the picture below). She also used both fabrics for accent pillow covers.

That floral fabric was the first thing she bought for the room, and the last thing she used to finish the room! The whole process took over 6 months of searching for just the right things to make this room special. It was all worth it.

The cabbage rose fabric bought at the beginning of the decorating project was used for slipcovers for this chair. Note the old fashioned crocheted doily on the back of chair.
The cabbage rose fabric bought at the beginning of the decorating project was used for slipcovers for this chair. Note the old fashioned crocheted doily on the back of chair.

A Cozy Place to Relax

The Chair has a slipcover that is made in the floral rose fabric that started it all. The slipcovers for the chair and ottoman were made by a local seamstress.

The Table by the chair is a new white fake vintage table. The tea set on it was a birthday gift. Vicky loves to relax here with a cup of tea and a book!

The Portrait of the bride on the wall beside the chair was purchased at a consignment shop. It originally had a gold frame, and she painted it in the same cottage white shade as the woodwork.

The Rose Trellis

The rose trellis from the front porch, decorated with silk rose garlands.
The rose trellis from the front porch, decorated with silk rose garlands.

A Rose Garden in the Bedroom

There was no need to paint this old rose trellis for a shabby look. It was originally on the front porch, but there were no longer any roses on it, so Vicky took it down and put it in the bedroom. It needed paint, but she left it in it's shabby state and added silk rose garlands. She also used rose garlands above each window. Now the bedroom looks like its in a rose garden. And, since she always has a rose scented candle burning, it even smells like one. She loves having a rose garden in their bedroom!

The Fairy Lamp

Can you believe this is a lamp? This homemade lamp was found at a local consignment shop and is the perfect accessory to a romantic cottage bedroom. The pretty fairy has a rose hat and is holding a bouquet of roses.
Can you believe this is a lamp? This homemade lamp was found at a local consignment shop and is the perfect accessory to a romantic cottage bedroom. The pretty fairy has a rose hat and is holding a bouquet of roses.

The Vintage Bedding

Vintage bedding gives the bed a comfy cottage look.
Vintage bedding gives the bed a comfy cottage look.

Vintage bed linens and a featherbed give a soft, comfy, cottage look.

  • Featherbed (from Bed, Bath, & Beyond)
  • Matelassé bedspread (from an antique store)
  • Victoria Rose quilt (from a local country store)
  • Crocheted pillow shams (from Wal-Mart)
  • Throw pillow with a delicate vintage rose print (from Target)

Antique Chest, Mirror, Rattan Sewing Table

Antique Chest, Mirror, Sewing Table
Antique Chest, Mirror, Sewing Table

Sometimes All It Takes Is a Little Paint

The antique chest was handed down from a grandparent. Vicky painted it in Cottage White enamel and painted the drawer pulls in Southern Belle Pink. On top she has a couple of vintage tea pots and a bird house.

The mirror was purchased new at Lowe's. The frame was originally silver, but she painted it in the Cottage White to match the chest.

The rattan sewing table in front of the window, by the bed, was purchased at an antique store. It makes a great night stand for the hubby as it has a compartment underneath to keep magazines or books. On top she has placed an antique alarm clock and bowl of rose potpourri.

A Romantic Cottage Bedroom Has to Have a Fireplace!

The electric fireplace has rose decals added. Mantel decorations include an antique vase, bride photos, and a vase of pink roses. Above the fireplace is a old portrait.
The electric fireplace has rose decals added. Mantel decorations include an antique vase, bride photos, and a vase of pink roses. Above the fireplace is a old portrait.

The fireplace was bought new and is a "must have" for this romantic bedroom. She added rose cutouts on the panels to pretty it up a little and bring out the theme of the room.

The mantle displays a few old photographs of grandparents and a black & white portrait of Vicky in her wedding dress. She also used crocheted doilies underneath the photos. The roses in the antique vase are real, but other times, she can use silk roses.

The large portrait above the fireplace was found at an antique store.

Antique Dresser, Floral Prints, Deacon's Bench, Chandelier

These are a few examples of things you can easily do to create a romantic cottage bedroom.
These are a few examples of things you can easily do to create a romantic cottage bedroom.

How It Was Done:

The Antique Dresser was found at a local antique store. It was already painted white and she left it as is. There's a rose scented candle with a rose candle topper sitting on the dresser along with two marble base lamps, and some other vintage items she picked up here and there.

The Floral Print Collage are from a book of prints bought on sale and the frames came from Wal-Mart (on sale also).

The Deacon's Bench was on her front porch and originally black. She painted it in Southern Belle pink and added floral stickers on the seat. The pillows on each end have covers made from extra fabric from the chair and ottoman. The pillow in the middle has a Shabby Chic rose cross-stitch cover.

The Chandelier has roses and crystals. She ordered this online and the pink was more peach tinted than she wanted, so she painted the roses in Southern Belle pink. She also used silicone flicker candelabra bulbs, which make the lights appear as very realistic candles. It adds another romantic touch to the room!

I love this handmade hat lamp!
I love this handmade hat lamp!

Look for Unique Accessories for Your Bedroom

Hat Lamp: This lamp is a very unique accessory that will add a special touch. She found this in an antique store and it appears to be homemade. The shade is actually a pink feather hat with a fringe and pearls attached. The crystal base if filled with rose petals (the perfect compliment to her room). Look closely and you will see that the bottom of the lamp is a small plate turned upside down! The lamp is setting on a wicker sewing table by the bed. Shop around and you will find amazing things for your room.

White Picket Fence: Be sure and notice the white picket fence in each window sill (protecting the "garden"). Even small things add to the theme.

Need More Ideas?

I love the ideas in the video below. Most can be used for any room in your home. Shabby Chic can be incorporated into many other decorating themes.

How about you?

Would you like a Romantic Cottage Style Bedroom?

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In this article I showed you how decorating a Romantic Cottage themed bedroom can be fun and rewarding. You can use treasures found at antique stores, combined with new things, for the perfect unique look for you. A rose trellis, unique lamps, antique furniture, a fireplace, and vintage bed linens are a few of my suggestions. I hope you can use these ideas to help you decorate your bedroom.

© 2009 Faye Rutledge


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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      What a lovely room. I love the color of the walls, which is very similar to the color in my own bedroom right now. There will probably always be cottage elements in any home I decorate. Thank you for sharing this do-over with us. Sweet.

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      Elyn MacInnis 2 years ago from Shanghai, China

      What an amazing room. I am so glad you showed it all - and I loved your quote."Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)Yes! Perfect.

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      StrongMay 2 years ago

      This is a beautiful room! You did a very good job with it.

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      Cecilia Karanja 2 years ago from Nairobi

      The after image is just too wow.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      I would love to have a cottage style bedroom. Thanks for the awesome photos. You have done an amazing job decorating and your attention to detail is fabulous. I love it all but, what stood out the most is your picket fence treatment on the lower part of your windows. Brilliant!

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      My husband would say too girly, but there are some elements that I really like. Beautiful room!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      @AndyBolton369: Thanks for your visit and comment. I'm glad these ideas have helped you. Good look with your re-decorating!

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      AndyBolton369 3 years ago

      Wow I love your cottage-style bedroom design idea!! I think your lens is really innovative and I'd love to make over my bedroom. I had been looking for an affordable way to renovate my bedroom and I was looking at this site bedroommyplacewithstyle which had some really nice services. I wasn't sure if I should get it outsourced or do it myself but after reading your lens I'm pretty confident that I can do it myself pretty well. Thanks.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      These do look very romantic!

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      snowy12 3 years ago

      Very romantic and lovely bedroom. :)

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I am definitely going to follow these tips - you are so talented! What a beautiful, original lens! Thank you for the information - nominated for LOTD :)

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      Bigwas 3 years ago from Philippines

      nice ideas for a honeymoon setup

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      These are some really lovely ideas!

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      ShortStuffsSecr 3 years ago

      I absolutely love the outcome of this room! While it is a little to frilly for my taste, I LOVE the rose trellis behind the bed... I would definitely do that in my own room

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      SusanneB 3 years ago

      Lovely bedroom!

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      really good job! i love the before and after

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Beautiful decorations and a beautiful lens!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Nice lens for a lovely room! Sweet to see all the details in the finish.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      This is a really lovely makeover, partybuzz. The 'before' bedroom just wasn't happening. I can't believe how one piece of fabric mushroomed into such a fabulous makeover!

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Wow, well done!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      What a beautifully inviting room! I'd have a difficult time leaving it if it were me!

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      dudexyx 3 years ago

      That bedroom likes so comfy and beautiful! Your friend has done a great job changing a dull looking room into something so cosyy.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I have to say I find this lens very appealing!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I Love The Antique Chest & Mirror. Love the idea of this lens.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      These are gorgeous!

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      I love this look, it's like going back in time!

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      shewins 3 years ago

      It's so nice that you shared the entire process of planning and creating this look. Even if it's not exactly what someone else might want, it shows us how to draw inspiration from pieces we love.

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      sbconcepts 3 years ago

      Love to have a bedroom decorated just like these.

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      Melanie Paige 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I love it :)

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      ehomedesignidea1 4 years ago

      Good for her because her husband loves the decoration. Some men (especially the one I know :D) will not agree to have this feminine theme.

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      I can just feel the romance in these inspiring ideas. Thank you!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      very charming & romantic, love the roses :) what a beautiful room and lovely topic for a lens, thanks for the inspiration!

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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      pauline60 4 years ago

      You have some gorgeous ideas on here, and my bedroom is in dire need of a makeover!

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      Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

      Your daughter's bedroom is beautiful. She has a real talent for interior design. I love the trellis idea :)

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      Muebles de exte 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, thank you very much for your info

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      That was really great showing the before and after and also all the other aspects of the room. I definitely gravitate more to this style than something more modern. Great lens!!

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      Romantic cottages are awesome! I love your ideas to bring it home.

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      webgirl256 4 years ago

      I love this idea!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, Vicky really has a great eye and very creative. I loved reading about how everything came together and where she found the unique items. She must be fun to shop with. I really enjoyed my visit and hope you and Vicki have inspired me to re-decorate our bedroom. It is frozen in the 1970s. lol

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      Wonderful decorating ideas...

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      RomanticBedroomI 4 years ago

      You have a gorgeous lens. I just love the idea of the trellis.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Wow! Romantic cottage decorating ideas, nice lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      @anonymous: Tipi, thanks for returning. I'm so glad you enjoy these decorating ideas. It's such a cozy, comfy bedroom, isn't it? :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to enjoy your wonderful romantic cottage decorating ideas, this seems to just keep getting better!

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      arsib65 4 years ago

      Nice job... the rose trellis is beautiful.

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      priscillab 4 years ago

      I love this look but the hubby wouldn't feel comfortable in it. You did an amazing job with your transformation and I love how it is unique.

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      CreativeGal 4 years ago

      I'll decorate in a romantic style, but probably not cottage. Cozy, yes!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      it feels so warm and cozy :D i'm sure my family would like this

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is very creative and pretty.

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