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Getting the Cottage Glam Look

A few key elements go into creating a cottage glam space, and my kitchen area is a great example to pull from. You need white, black, color, checks, wood, and gold. Let’s take a look and analyze why this look works together.

Any time you want drama, there’s only one thing to do. Black plays a dominant role in the cottage glam look because it adds the drama. In my kitchen, the walls are painted a semi-gloss black. I wanted to stay away from a chalkboard look, so the semi-gloss gives a shimmer to the walls. The light from the windows and white cabinets throughout the kitchen keep the black from taking over and making it too dark.

Layering bright, happy colors including pink, green, orange, and red, with the black walls brings in the cottage look. In this space, the color is in the fabrics. I used a floral (from Carrie Schmitt’s art) and paisley (one is a big print and the other a small print) because I knew they would pop.

The white chair frames also frame out the fabric. The buffalo check seats in green, melon, and pink really top off the cottage feel. The seat colors go with the florals on the top of the chairs.

To achieve the cottage look, you need some chippy paint and wood. I added an antique wooden box to the table with some stacked dishes. The frame of my settee has a chipped wood finish. It relaxes the space from all the glam and drama.

And finally, the base of the antique marble table is gold. I simply took the base outside and spray painted it one afternoon. It was a dark mahogany stain, so this gold really glammed it up and it shows off the marble top. I’m always a sucker for a chandelier, and this treasure I found on Craiglist long ago has antique gold paint on it…although it’s not an antique light.

Together the black walls, colorful fabrics, old wood tones, and gold paint highlight and celebrate the cottage glam look. What do you do to get the cottage glam look? Are your rules like mine or do you have a different formula? I would love to know!

Wendy Conklin

I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

What brings me joy is helping others live more creatively. I design antique-inspired, boutique chairs, and I teach others how to do what I do. Check out my shop, services, and courses to bring more whimsy into your home and life!

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Styling Guide

Bring the Chair Whimsy aesthetic into your home with our styling guide!