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Canadian Cottage Looks We Love

If you’ve been looking up cottage style, chances are, you’ve noticed that Canada has its own distinct definition of the term. When much of the world thinks cottage style, it results in a play on English cottage. Typically, that means tons of white, soft florals, and traditionally feminine textures. Canadians seem to classify this look more along the lines of shabby chic than cottage.

Here, cottage style is far more chic than it is shabby.  It can to run the gamut from Rustic Canadiana to Maritime, Natural Neutral, Contemporary, and Farmhouse. Again, these rules aren’t set in stone. We’ve certainly seen some modern and even Moroccan-inspired cottage interiors.

Of course, a cottage by any other name, just might be a chalet or a cabin, or perhaps even a bungalow. Not only do Canadian vacation home styles vary by region, but so do the terms we use to describe them.

Here are a Few Looks We Love:

Rustic Modern

Canadian cottage


This gorgeous Muskoka cottage interior by Anne Hepfer masterfully pairs rustic accents with creamy neutrals and incredibly inviting textures. Combine this with the striking contrast presented by the black framing on the windows and doors and you have an elegant interior that perfectly balances the relaxed feel of lakeside living with high-level chic.

Au Naturel

Canadian Cottage

Source: arriz+co

Solar-powered, sustainable, and low-impact, this incredible Haliburton Highlands home goes au naturel both inside and out. Exquisitely designed by arriz+co, this cottage has a warm, paired-down feel that makes it feel incredibly at home in its surroundings. Although, as gorgeous as it is on the inside, you won’t believe what this off-the-grid cottage looks like on the outside. Take a look!


Global Flair

Canadian Cottage

Source: Style at Home

Even international influences can feel right at home in Canadian cottages. The interior of this charming cabin juxtaposes a number of global details against traditional rustic architecture. Both the beautifully vibrant textile panel (called a suzani) and the Moroccan pouffe add vibrancy, colour and visual interest to the space.


Mixed Media

Canadian Cottage

Source: Chatelaine

What we really love about this sun-filled Muskoka cottage is that is doesn’t adhere to any one particular design language. In fact, there are a few different styles working together to create a charmingly cohesive space. It’s not every space that can make mid-century modern chairs, distressed oars, and an antler chandelier work, but this one certainly does.


Industrial Chalet

Source: Atelier Barda

It isn’t often that you’ll find the stripped-down utilitarianism of industrial chic in a vacation home, but that is precisely what you will find in this absolutely brilliant Quebec chalet by Atelier Barda. The bare bones style extends beyond the kitchen and into a living space and bedroom, neither of which has any hidden storage. The look is open, spacious, and contextually unique.


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