Easy English Cottage Decorating Ideas for the Living Room & Dining Room

Freshen up your home with these easy decorating ideas for the living room and dining room. Using things you already own, you can have a totally new and refreshing look.

I know the start of Spring was a while ago, but I just got my Living and Dining Room all decorated for this pretty new season last week!

I had such great fun freshening up the space, and was inspired by looking up “English Cottage” ideas on Pinterest. These ideas were quick and easy ones that aren’t new or earth- shattering, but I thought I’d share them with you in case they might inspire you to do something similar in your home.

Living Room bookcase decorated with vintage books, wooden boxes, and greenery for an English Cottage look.

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Come on over to my house and let’s do some Spring decorating – using things we already own!

If you’ve been following along here on Harbour Breeze Home for a while, you know that I like to decorate for different seasons using things I already have. Below are some ideas and tips for Spring decorating in English Cottage style for the Living and Dining Room.

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  1. Choose key areas that you want to change up the decor for each season. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you have to change everything if you want to freshen up a space for a new season. Since our living and dining room is all one connected room, I concentrate on the Living Room Bookcases and the farmhouse wall shelves in the dining room. Small touches – like a ginger vase arrangement on the Dining table can have a big impact, too.
  2. Add in some pops of greenery. Greenery – whether faux or real plants – work well for every season, but seems especially pretty for Spring. I tuck them onto the shelves and set some on the coffee table and end tables.
An antique buffet with 2 farmhouse shelves above it with teacups, teapots, and greenery decorating them.
  1. Look in your dish cupboards for fresh, new Spring decor. I decided to get into my antique buffet and display what is normally inside it- above it!– on our simple wall shelves. My Mom’s and Grandmas’ tea pots and teacups look so pretty grouped together – and fit right in with English Cottage style. Other dishware that works well for decor are bowls, pitchers, and vases.
  2. Relocate wall art to give a space a whole new look. We were recently given a larger tv for our living room – which covered half of the mirror behind it! Relocating the mirror into the Dining Room gave both spaces a whole different look.
Looking into the doorway to the kitchen from a dining room - showing the table with an arrangment on it and a mirror hanging above a small dresser on one side.
  1. Switch out pillow covers and throw blankets appropriate for the new season. I have an assortment of throw cushion covers that I like to switch out for different looks. Pillow covers take up so much less space than cushions, so I just have 2 lovely down filled cushions, and I switch up the covers. This time, I used simple striped cushion covers. I can’t find the exact ones I have online, but these look nice!
  1. Don’t forget you can decorate with real fruit. Fruit that you eat and use on a regular basis looks so bright and cheery in bowls and can be used for decor, too. Bright yellow lemons and shiny green apples both look so pretty for Spring.
A bowl of lemons with a tea towel beside that says, "be zesty" on it.

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  1. Thank you Rita for such wonderful ideas! I love the photo looking into your kitchen from your dining room, so cozy!

  2. I love all these cottage decorating ideas. I also love how you decorated the shelves in your dining room, especially the cups on the three-tiered tray. What a clever idea.
    I really enjoy following you on email and instagram.
    Happy Mother’s Day!

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