How To Turn Any Room Into Your Private Summer Cottage

June 14, 2021
by The Finished Space
Brown House on a Lake

Ready to get away this summer? Escape to your own cottage retreat without ever leaving the house. By designing your home with inspired details and adding a few intentional style elements, you can get the look and feel of a charming cottage. Here are a few ideas to help bring together your design.

Use Shiplap to Beautify Your Bathroom

White Bathtub with White Shiplap Walls and White Tiles on the Wall.

Using shiplap is a great way to get the look of a relaxing cottage retreat, and using a white color palette in your space will help to calm the senses. Shiplap is also a time-saver — if you don’t want to repaint the whole room, you can just update the space with pre-painted trim or moulding.

This spa-like space creates the feeling of going on a country vacation, even if you’re just staying in for the weekend. And by adding elements of the outdoors, homeowners can give their space the feel of a summer cottage. This space features plenty of natural light and some greenery, which stimulates the brain and uplifts the spirit.

Wooden Doors and Elements of Blue

Kitchen with Blue Cabinets and a Green Sliding Wood Door

Using natural wood details and the right colors gives this kitchen space the feel of a cottage retreat. The Metrie shelving featured here, along with the wood floor design, also adds warmth and appeal, all while working with the bold, cottage-friendly colors in the space.

The sliding wooden door adds a touch of color and rustic style that screams cottage getaway. As a bonus, when the laundry space is in use, the functional door doubles as a way to buffer any noise from appliances, to preserve the feeling of being on vacation while hanging out in the nearby kitchen.

Enhance Your Entryways

Blue and White Cottage Bedroom

How often do you give your doors a second thought? The doors you design with are sometimes neglected, but updating your rooms with cottage-inspired doors and design elements can make them stand out in the best way.

It’s all about details that create impact. This homeowner selected the Winslow door from the Masonite Expo™ Heritage® Series, along with coastal blue details, nautical-inspired elements and natural textures to create a summer cottage feel all year round.

Styling Smaller Spaces

Country Cottage Living Room with a Stone Fireplace and Built-in Reading Nook

Create a cozy cottage reading nook by redecorating a corner of your home. This window nook features quaint patterns and floral details in the design, along with comfortable seating and pillows to add extra space for relaxing in the home. Adding decorative moulding and trim will complete the look of your nook, so it stands out as a haven of its own.

Remember to include potted plants to add a touch of calming nature, and be sure to include views of the outdoors, so that the experience is even more enjoyable.

Liven Up the Living Space


It really is possible to create a cottage design with a modern twist, as this homeowner proves. Using bright blue and floral patterns adds a delightful style to this family room and references colors of the ocean for a summer-inspired design.

Every ‘cottage’ is cozier with a fire, especially when evenings start to cool down. The dark details found around this fireplace and in the flooring design are offset by fresh white elements in this living space.

The crisp lines and distinctive white trim, along with millwork products from Metrie, contrast beautifully with the dark details found around the fireplace and in the flooring design. The overall effect is a finished, clean look that is contemporary but gives off cottage vibes.

Try Out the Cottage Look in a Guest Room


Not sure about redesigning a main room with cottage inspiration? Test out the style in a smaller space or guest bedroom before applying the look to other places in the home.

Using boards from Metrie on the walls and incorporating ample natural light gives visitors a warm, country welcome; the clean white background opens up this cozy space and makes guests feel right at home.

Modern Details in a Cottage Kitchen


Not into classic vintage or shabby chic designs? If you have more modern inclinations toward style, the cottage look is still possible. Metrie’s moulding and trim were used in this kitchen, for a clean, finished look.

Incorporating wood finishings and wide plank floors delivers cottage style to this lovely kitchen space, while contrasting colors and dynamic linear elements (like the attractive counter backsplash) add the perfect amount of cottage to the room.

The Right Balance of Contrast


Cottage designs often feature lots of white details, but you don’t want to go overboard or you’ll wind up with a blank, boring canvas. Leave room for contrast for a more successful cottage-inspired design. This spacious sunroom features white shiplap from Metrie, along with distinctive black window trim and a radius window that gives the room more character.

The modern cottage is different from traditional cottage designs in a few distinct ways, including higher ceilings, bigger rooms and larger window designs. “In the past, cottages normally had smaller windows because glass was more expensive to make, and there were concerns with cold air seeping into the residence,” according to Cottage and Bungalows Magazine. “Large windows allow natural light to illuminate the cottage and provide gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.”

Enjoy Your Summer Escape and Stay at Home

There’s no reason you can’t have a restful retreat in your own home, and adding cottage-inspired design details to your space is a great way to escape from the outside world. The Metrie team can help you add the right amount of charm, whether you want to add shiplap to a wall, finish the room with primed or pre-painted trim or incorporate extra shelving.

Need more ideas? Get inspired with a few other cottage-inspired spaces here.