Cottage Living Room Decorating Ideas 2012 Cottage Living Room Decorating Cottage design is a colorful, comfortable look characterized by painted and decorated furniture with graceful lines. The cottage style living room invites you to slouch on the couch, put your feet up and sit a spell. Furnishings are relaxed and unpretentious. Slipcovers and quilts can cover up upholstered furnishings that have seen better days; a pretty quilt also makes a great wall hanging for cottage style living rooms.