Wood pieces are usually painted in a lighter color and are also distressed, whether due to age or by design.
If you scour the flea markets and consignment shops you may find some interesting pieces that have simple lines. You can make them all coordinate and flow together by painting them the same color.
Wicker and wrought iron are also great choices, so keep that in mind, too.
Iron beds have always seemed to be the mainstay of Country Cottage Style. Because iron beds were being made back when country cottages were popular and common, they seem more appropriate than any other form of bed frame.
Because country cottage style uses old distressed white furnishings, antique iron beds can be refinished to blend with any of the other finds a person decides to put with them.
Country Cottage Style has by nature a light white airy look. Iron beds have always lent themselves to that airy look. As opposed to the cumbersome heavy look of a wooden or upholstered headboard.
Also the beauty of old beds in a Country Cottage setting is the variety of original styles they come in. I’m continually amazed at the number of unique and different beds I’ve come across in the 40 years of being in the bed business. Just about the time I think I’ve seen every possible bed that was ever made…….one pops up that I’ve never seen. It leads me to believe there must have been hundreds of small independently owned foundries continually turning out different styles.
So if you’re seriously considering creating a great Country Cottage Style…… considering a beautiful antique Cathouse bed is a great place to start.