There’s something about cottage-country style—the casual look of
mismatched furniture, low-maintenance finishes and happy patterns—that makes you instantly relax and feel at home. But for the
young family living in this retro house, the dated kitchen and honey-pine walls were far from charming. I worked with my team of
experts to transform the dark and woody home into a bright summery
getaway. All it took was some paint, new floors, vibrant textiles and, well,
a little more paint.
Choose nature-inspired accent colours
Bring the outdoors in with an applegreen sofa, warm wicker armchairs
and piles of pillows in shades of fern.
And nothing shows off these soft,
organic hues — and says classic
cottage — like white painted panelling.
Get this look: Wall paint, snowfall,
Para Paints. Flooring, Ponderosa Pine
in Natural, Carpet One. Pillow fabric
in Heirloom, Cobistyle. Sofa fabric,
Meet our expert: Samantha Pynn is the designer and host of Summer Home on HGTV Canada, Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.