Romantic Cottage Bedroom Decorating Ideas
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.
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.
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 six months of searching for just the right things to make this room special. It was all worth it.
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
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
The Vintage Bedding
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
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 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
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!
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?
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.
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