Style Secret: Old-Fashioned FlooringEver seen a classic cottage with wall-to-wall carpeting or slick vinyl? We haven't. You want more rustic materials that can take a few hard knocks. Wood (stained, painted, pickled, stenciled or simply left natural) is queen, but you can bring in brick or stone as well. Keep rug materials simple, such as sisal or braided cotton. Hot tip: Although tile isn't the first material that comes to mind when you think about cottages, it can work as long as you choose a style that reads as vintage (for example, the small hexagonal
tiles that often turn up in bathrooms).