30 Ways to Achieve The English Cottage Look

By Shannon
30 Ways to Achieve The English Cottage Look

English cottages look like something out of a fairytale. They are adorable, cozy, and seem like an amazing place to live. Unlike the grand English country homes that you see in shows like Downton Abbey, cottages are lived in by normal people like you and me. If you love movies like Harry Potter, you might wonder how you could get your own home to resemble a cute British house. Here on Home Addict, we’ll go over 30 tips on how you can achieve that style at home.

People in England like to paint their floors. Credit: Shutterstock

30. Painted Floors

Most of the houses in England were made with hardwood floors. In America, natural-looking wood floors are considered to be a historic feature, and they are highly sought after. Many people have to pay a lot of money to get real hard wood in our houses. So we would never imagine doing anything more to the floors than possibly staining it to be a lighter or darker wood.

Finding white floors is not uncommon in Europe. Credit: Shutterstock

However, in England, these floors are so common, that people feel as though they need to do something different to make their space stand out. It’s not uncommon to see a white or blue floor, depending on the mood of the owner. They also seem to like using stencils to paint faux tiles onto a cement floor. As an American, this might make you cringe to think about painting over your floors. But remember that it can always be removed later if it doesn’t work out.