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Romantic Cottage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Faye loves to help her daughter decorate the rooms in her old farmhouse and to share what they have done with others.

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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 six 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?

Summary

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

Comments

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on July 24, 2014:

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.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on July 22, 2014:

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.

StrongMay on July 10, 2014:

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

Cecilia Karanja from Nairobi on July 10, 2014:

The after image is just too wow.

Deb Bryan from Chico California on June 17, 2014:

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!

tcaldy on June 15, 2014:

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

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on June 12, 2014:

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

AndyBolton369 on June 12, 2014:

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.

BodyHairRemoval on May 21, 2014:

These do look very romantic!

snowy12 on May 07, 2014:

Very romantic and lovely bedroom. :)

Anna from chichester on April 26, 2014:

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 :)

Bigwas from Philippines on March 24, 2014:

nice ideas for a honeymoon setup

chrisilouwho on February 07, 2014:

These are some really lovely ideas!

ShortStuffsSecr on January 30, 2014:

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

SusanneB on January 27, 2014:

Lovely bedroom!

Alyssa DeBoer on January 25, 2014:

really good job! i love the before and after

VioletteRose LM on January 25, 2014:

Beautiful decorations and a beautiful lens!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on January 22, 2014:

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

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on January 18, 2014:

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!

angelatvs on January 18, 2014:

Wow, well done!

Paula Hite from Virginia on January 17, 2014:

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

dudexyx on January 13, 2014:

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

tonyleather on November 10, 2013:

I have to say I find this lens very appealing!

anonymous on November 08, 2013:

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

Stephanie from Canada on October 15, 2013:

These are gorgeous!

ghoststorylover on August 20, 2013:

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

shewins on July 26, 2013:

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.

sbconcepts on July 22, 2013:

Love to have a bedroom decorated just like these.

Melanie Paige from Adelaide, South Australia on July 08, 2013:

I love it :)

ehomedesignidea1 on June 20, 2013:

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.

LaptopLeader on June 10, 2013:

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

Echo Phoenix on May 21, 2013:

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

ConvenientCalendar on May 10, 2013:

I really enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

pauline60 on April 22, 2013:

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

Mary Collings from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland on April 21, 2013:

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

Muebles de exte on March 22, 2013:

Very nice lens, thank you very much for your info

JeffGilbert on March 15, 2013:

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!!

vinopete on March 12, 2013:

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

webgirl256 on February 06, 2013:

I love this idea!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 03, 2013:

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

DuaneJ on January 23, 2013:

Wonderful decorating ideas...

RomanticBedroomI on January 20, 2013:

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

myspace9 on January 02, 2013:

Wow! Romantic cottage decorating ideas, nice lens.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on December 24, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 23, 2012:

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

arsib65 on December 20, 2012:

Nice job... the rose trellis is beautiful.

priscillab on December 10, 2012:

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.

CreativeGal on November 19, 2012:

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

FashionMommy on November 12, 2012:

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

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 31, 2012:

This is very creative and pretty.

SPhilbrick on October 17, 2012:

Vicky's room is gorgeous. I love the picket fence in the window frame. Garden inspired bedrooms where I live (cold wintry climate), are welcome to bring that sense of warm invitation at any time of year. Love the ideas here!

anonymous on October 12, 2012:

Oh I do love these cottage ideas. Just came back to post this on FaceBook my dear. :)

JoshK47 on October 10, 2012:

Popping back in to bless this lovely lens!

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on October 07, 2012:

@bidandrew: Thans kquimson, for your visit and comment. Yes, this bedroom is pretty dreamy. :)

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on October 07, 2012:

@ElizabethSheppard: Thanks lizziebeth, I'm glad you like this romantic cottage bedroom. You will enjoy decorating your room in this style.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on October 07, 2012:

@bushaex: Hi bushaex, thanks for your visit, comment, and blessing! Yes, the hat lamp is my favorite, too. :)

Stephen Bush from Ohio on October 07, 2012:

Vicky did a superb job and so did you in depicting how everything developed. The hat lamp might be my favorite detail. SquidAngel Blessings.

MegaLED on October 03, 2012:

cool

bidandrew on October 01, 2012:

I do love the pictures here! It's so dreamy! :)

bidandrew on October 01, 2012:

I do love the pictures here! It's so dreamy! :)

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on October 01, 2012:

I might redecorate in this style. It sure is pretty! Vicky, the romantic cottage bedroom is really nice. I like it.

anonymous on October 01, 2012:

great tips to decorate a bedroom very very useful

anonymous on October 01, 2012:

great tips to decorate a bedroom very very useful

anonymous on September 30, 2012:

Love a cozy bedroom!

justmelucy on September 24, 2012:

Dearest Vicky, It appears that not only myself but 782 others in loving your lens. You are so thorough. I made a few notes but may have to come back again. I loved your Fiesta Ware lens also.

Xenia-consultant on September 22, 2012:

Do you have great ideas, great, great!

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on September 13, 2012:

@jeffjones22: Thanks for your visit and comment. Yes, it's a very romantic bedroom that would make you want to spend time alone.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on September 13, 2012:

@ermiarch: Thanks ermiarch, I hope these decorating tips are helpful.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on September 13, 2012:

@Bestbuyguide: Thanks Bestbuyguide for your visit and comment. Even a small bedroom can be decorated in a romantic theme. You may not be able to do everything shown here, but you could add a few touches. :)

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on September 13, 2012:

@lesliesinclair: Thanks Papier. Yes, this is a very relaxing bedroom theme. :)

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on September 13, 2012:

@MagicScreen: Thanks, I hope these ideas have been useful to you.

jeffjones22 on September 12, 2012:

Absolutely, sounds like a perfect time for some alone time.

ermiarch on September 04, 2012:

nice tips !

Bestbuyguide on September 04, 2012:

Such a relaxing looking bedroom. My bedroom is way too small to do too much with but I can dream.

lesliesinclair on September 03, 2012:

Sweet sleep encouraging ideas.

MagicScreen on September 03, 2012:

Love it... good stuff!!

MagicScreen on September 03, 2012:

Love it... good stuff!!

ShilohWhenkey on September 02, 2012:

Cute lens! :)

Essentially Ind on August 27, 2012:

wow so romantic tips you just provided in this great LENS..........lovable......

Essentially Ind on August 27, 2012:

wow so romantic tips you just provided in this great LENS..........lovable......

momsfunny on August 25, 2012:

This idea is lovely.

orthopedic matt on August 25, 2012:

I enjoyed this great lens!

WriterJanis2 on August 23, 2012:

These ideas are stunning. They all look so inviting.

Anna2of5 on August 20, 2012:

She did a very nice job, all the details work together. Its nice that you shared the story of the room from the first bolt of fabric.

christine_d1259 on August 06, 2012:

Romance at the cottage? What a perfect getaway! Great ideas in here thanks for sharing.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on August 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks so much Tipi! I appreciate your return and comment. Have a great day! :)

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

Returning to congratulate you on this beauty being a top 100 lens!

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on July 28, 2012:

Your daughter's bedroom is beautiful!

oakstreet on July 23, 2012:

Full of Romantic ideas and great classic taste. Great len and I "like" it.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 22, 2012:

@chas65: chas65, thanks for your visit and comment. Yes, antiques are the perfect fit for a romantic cottage room. I've featured your antique resource lenses here for everyone's benefit. Thanks! :)

chas65 on July 21, 2012:

Being an antique dealer, I love to see different design ideas and how antiques can fit that style.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 21, 2012:

@dellgirl: dellgirl, thanks so much for your visit, comment, and your angel blessing!! I'm thrilled!

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 21, 2012:

@barberrela: I'm so glad this lens has given you ideas for decorating your bedroom! :)

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 21, 2012:

@CristianStan: Yes, CristianStan, the bedroom is a very relaxing place. I think the style has a very comfy feel. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 21, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for your visit and comment. I'm so glad these ideas were helpful to you.

Faye Rutledge (author) from Concord VA on July 21, 2012:

@teenbee: teenbee, thanks so much for your visit and the nice compliment about my daughter's bedroom. I'll pass it on. :)

teenbee on July 13, 2012:

This is such a lovely lens! I love the way your daughter's bedroom looks now - very warm and relaxing!

anonymous on July 12, 2012:

Thanks for the helpful ideas. Cottage Bedroom is really romantic and it's looks very comfortable.

CristianStan on July 11, 2012:

I like the cozy design of this cottage bedroom. It's pretty relaxing compared to any other designs. Perfect place to eliminate stress!

barberrela on July 10, 2012:

This has given me some great ideas for my bedroom. Very inspirational. Thankyou