If you’ve ever looked longingly at a gorgeous English cottage in the countryside and wished you could pick it up, put it in your pocket, and place it in your town or city, then you’ll understand the quaint appeal of country-style houses.
To enjoy this aesthetic in your own home, you don’t have to move into the middle of a rural field. Instead, with the right colours and textures, you can decorate almost any home’s exterior to add some country charm.
Here are four ideas on how to transform a few key features of your home’s exterior.
1. Classic Windows
Cottage windows are a standout component, as they often maintain a traditional Georgian or Tudor style. To achieve this look, you can add Residence 9 Windows that look exactly like traditional nineteenth-century, flush sash timber windows. These are an excellent option if you want to create an authentic timber kerbside appearance.
With a variety of traditional, heritage and quintessential window collections to choose from, as well as different woodgrain effect options, colours and handle sizes, it’s easy to pick a look that is in keeping with the period design you love. Best of all, they’re high security, have a high energy rating and don’t require maintenance.
2. Beautiful Doors
Front doors do more than keep your home secure — they can also look elegant and really make your home stand out on your street. In fact, the style of your front door can determine whether or not you nail that country style, so choose a door colour that complements the style of brick on your house, as this gives your home exterior a base palette to build on when you later add further details.
From rustic finishes in natural wood tones to pastel-coloured doors that add a pop of vibrancy, there’s a perfect door for everyone’s home. Have fun exploring the various options — there’s a ton of country-style door inspiration available online.
Door accessories are also important. Think carefully about what colour letterbox you’d like to have as well as what door knocker or doorbell — bronze would look great on a green door, for example.
3. Decorative Plants
Landscaping with a few pretty plants can make all the difference in enhancing your home’s exterior. Fill window boxes with greenery, colourful flowers and cascading vines, or get pottering to create a whimsical cottage garden — a much-loved jumble-planting style of bulbs, annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs and climbers. A visit to some public gardens or a national park is a great way to get some inspiration while indulging in tea and scones.
You could also add a gravel courtyard in front of your home to accentuate the casual, earthy feel of being out in the country.
4. Easy Accessories
This is probably the most fun aspect of redesigning your home exterior — shopping for lovely accessories. You can let your creativity run wild here and dabble in all kinds of country-style features, from hanging lanterns, window shutters or a cute gate, or even a Victorian lamppost or wooden bench out front.
These exterior changes also have the bonus of increasing your curb appeal, which not only sends a positive message to neighbours, guests and visitors but is also particularly crucial if you’re looking to sell your property — you only get one chance to make a first impression on potential buyers.
Hopefully, these pointers inspire you to create a fresh and welcoming country-style entrance of your own to help you live the charming country dream.