When the days get hot and muggy, it’s easy to start dreaming about having a cottage by the lake or sea. Remember the retro cottage kitchen I share with you a few weeks ago? Well, I’ve found a bedroom to match! It’s part of a beach house featured by House of Turquoise and Coastal Living. It looks like the perfect place to stretch out and take a nap after combing the beach for driftwood, doesn’t it? There are a lot of things about this room that give it a coastal cottage vibe. The white, wide-planked walls are a big nod to cottage style. The lightly distressed furniture makes the space pretty but unpretentious, and the linens all look crisp and clean.
Knowing that I’m not the only one who dreams of a cozy cottage with water views, I looked around blogland and found five tutorials to help you make a room that looks like this one–without the designer pricetag. Enjoy!
1. Ceiling Fan Update
Ceiling fans get a bad rap–in many cases the fan is a necessary part of the room but it isn’t exactly the prettiest part of the room. The ceiling fan in my inspiration photo manages to serve it’s purpose without detracting from the coastal decor. Check out this tutorial for updating a fan at Pretty Handy Girl.
2. Headboard with a Vintage Look
Remember this headboard I made from an old door? Well, it reminds me a lot of the headboard in the beach house bedroom: white, distressed, and substantial.
There’s something romantic about a skirted bed. Here’s a tutorial for making one of your own from Dana McDowell.
The burlap curtains in this inspiration photo are reminiscent of the color and texture of a sandy beach. Perfect for this beachy room! Four Generations One Roof offers a no-sew tutorial for burlap panels.
The planked walls in this room definitely give it a coastal cottage vibe. Get a similar look by following the instructions provided by The House of Smiths.
Which of the elements in my inspiration photo are your favorites? If you could have a summer cottage somewhere, where would it be?