Spring is here at last. The birds are chirping away, and each day the temperature feels as if it’s rising just slightly. It’s safe to say that you can put the winter boots and jackets away for another year. Soon, summer will be here, and you can begin another year of making beautiful cottage memories.

Have you already opened up the cottage? It’s always so exciting driving up there for the first time each year. You never know what to expect. If you’re like many other cottagers, you may have felt a little underwhelmed when you opened the door. Perhaps you were hoping to see a brand new design layout in there. Sadly, that was just a dream, and you still have the 20-year old paint job and the same old cottage you’ve had for what seems like a lifetime.

Maybe it’s time you turned that dream into a reality and gave the cottage a makeover. We’ve compiled a list of interior design trends perfect for your beloved summer home.

White Living Room Walls

You’re familiar with seeing the white walls of your favourite art gallery because gallery owners know that they’re clean, crisp, and won’t cause unnecessary distractions. White walls are harmonious and will match with anything you throw at them.

Not only is the colour white versatile, refreshing, and airy, but it will open up your cottage to natural light. You want to see that gorgeous sunshine reflect against the white walls during the day. It will make the rooms feels more spacious and calm. Save the prints and colours for smaller rooms, such as the bedrooms.

Big Kitchen Windows

One of the greatest parts about the cottage is waking up in the morning and listening to the sweet sounds of nature. Nothing beats heading down to the kitchen to make the first cup of coffee for the day as you gaze outside, watching and listening to the wildlife all around the cottage wake up with you. It’s a magical experience.

But you can’t enjoy such simple pleasures with old, small, or malfunctioning windows. When was the last time you replaced them? If they’re more than ten years old, you might want to consider changing them for bigger, brighter, more durable models.

Move On

Each year, do you find the cottage consistently more frustrating to open than exciting? You love the place, but there has been too much work over the last couple of years, and you can’t enjoy yourself anymore. It might be time to move on to something new.

You can find your perfect cottage by working with realtors who specialize in precisely that — finding cottages. Working with people who know your area well and are familiar with cottage life is helpful because they’ll have their finger on the pulse of the ever-changing cottage real estate market.

The cottage is your retreat from it all — a place of solitude, reprieve, and relaxation. To make the most out of your summers, consider opening up your cottage with new windows and crisp, white walls. You could also take it one step further and find something new and better suited to your needs.

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