A monochromatic cottage in the countryside
Applying a monochromatic color scheme is an easy way to give your home a harmonious look. It involves choosing a single base color and then decorating predominantly with various shades and tones of that one color. For small houses especially, using a monochromatic design has another advantage. Keeping everything in the same hue tends to make small spaces appear bigger.
The owners of this appealing little cottage chose white and shades of gray almost exclusively for the finishes and furniture. There is a little bit of color contrast in the natural wood tones of the deck and a few accent pieces. Variety was also added by including textures ranging from grooved wood paneling and glossy tile to coarse sisal.
The cottage has two bedrooms in its single-level floor plan of 57 m2 (614 ft2). The floor plan is L-shaped with an inset porch at the inside corner. Keeping the porch under the main roof, rather than tacking it on the side, tends to reduce the cost a bit by simplifying the roof construction.
The living room looks spacious while the eat-in kitchen is quite compact. Many people might choose to move the dining area into the living room and then add more kitchen storage and counter space. The bathroom features a shower with folding walls, a space-saving idea that we haven’t yet seen outside Scandinavia. The shower walls are hinged to the bathroom walls and fold flat when not in use, freeing up floor space for drying off and dressing. There is also a composting toilet, suggesting that the cottage may be off-grid.
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