A cozy reading nook with a hand-knotted rug, an oversized floral pillow, and a fresh bouquet of flowers. An airy living room with whimsical wallpaper, simple vintage furnishings, and warmly lit lamps. A tranquil bedroom with open windows, wall-hangings made of natural fibers, and a homemade bedspread. This is cottagecore: an emerging interior design and lifestyle trend centering around simplicity, nature, comfort, sustainability, and nostalgia.
While the thought of transforming your house into a cottage-in-the-woods may seem like a stretch, creating a cottagecore aesthetic in your home isn’t as challenging as it sounds.
Sustainability and nature are important aspects of the cottagecore aesthetic. Furniture and decorations made from natural materials are a great place to start. Hang a gallery of shallow woven baskets, or scatter baskets around the house for blankets, books, and even foraging. Look for furniture made from wicker or solid wood.
Cottagecore enthusiasts love vintage items, from antique furniture to vintage tableware and curtains. Set your table with old-fashioned plates and glasses, and create a centerpiece with a fragrant bouquet of flowers. Keep a lookout at local thrift stores, antique shops, and even along the side of the road for gorgeous old pieces to repurpose or treasure as-is.
Comfort is the key to cottagecore. From puffy pillows to hand-braided, ready-made rugs to knitted blankets made from hemp, adding simple yet pretty textiles is an easy way to transform your home into a fairytale cottage. Lace tablecloths, patchwork quilts, and old-fashioned wool blankets are more lovely textured options you can add to a table, sofa, or chair.
Believe it or not, wallpaper is back. Floral prints, prints from nature, soft stripes, whimsical patterns, and vintage prints are all excellent options when redecorating a room (or your entire home) in the cottagecore style. If you are renting and want to transform your apartment or condominium, you can choose from a variety of temporary wallpaper options on the market.
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