7 Homes Brimming With Modern Cottage Character

Cute and classic, the typical cottage has been part of the design vernacular for ages. As far back as medieval England and cemented in American style from shore to shore, a cottage signifies a cozy home. It’s a smaller space, without pretense and boasting plenty of charm.

Walk within a cottage and you hope to be met with a roaring fire, a cozy bed and possibly a cup of soup. A cottage is quintessentially house, and it’s design style and lifestyle deserve to be celebrated. Join me now as we have a look at the upgraded, contemporary cottage: a place you can put your feet up in and call home, without sacrificing the style you love.

Goff Architecture

Snuggle Up alongside Neighbors

Settled in tightly into its neighbors, this contemporary cottage does all right. From the classic stone fence into the darling bump-out chock-full of windows, this home is fantastically cottage. Don’t overlook the particulars in the fencing, plantings and those sweet little windows flanking the sunroom. This is contemporary cottage at its best.

Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc

Cottages frequently were set side by side and connected by breezeways for various family members. Grandma would remain in the smaller cottage, while the family with seven children took up residence in the”big house.” While our families may not live so tightly in this day and age, this connected cottage design continues to work well visually and functionally. Separate spaces enable family members to distribute nevertheless still function together.

SunPower Builders

Stand With Cottage Detailing

Curves and turrets say cottage, and the addition of a whimsical two-toned paint scheme make this one a contemporary delight. Simple, clean garden trimmings and edgings give it a modernized texture from a traditional cottage.

Studio C Architecture & Interiors

A very simple cottage facade typically includes some detailing on the roofline and a very simple front porch. This upgraded version pays homage to a classic cottage without moving over the top.

SLC Interiors

Pick the fantastic Color

White is a cottage interior favorite, from linens to cabinetry. Exotic whites that are crisp with homey touches like wooden utensils and rambunctious plants for a cottage look. The glimmer of tiles that are shining here adds a glam update.

Jarrett Design, LLC

Blend Modern and Country Styling

Mixing contemporary appliances and classic cottage elements can be a difficult sell. Work to keep both seems balanced, repeating similar lines and shapes to incorporate the two styles seamlessly.


Modern lines match classic cottage prints in this upgraded space. Consider classic wallpapers and fabrics for contemporary applications to bring cottage whimsy to your contemporary space.

Have you added any cottage character to your house? Show us a photo!

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