After the rapid urbanization, corruption, and degradation of the industrial revolution, the people of the world began to long for simplicity. They started idealizing nature, emotion, and days gone by, giving us the romantic and transcendentalist movements. We’re seeing a similar push today in response to the explosion of technology and everything going wrong in the world. And that push is called “cottagecore.”
The cottagecore aesthetic, which has circulated the internet for the past few years, harkens back to the picturesque English countryside and emphasizes minimalism, sustainability, comfort, and getting in touch with nature. When applied to interior design, it’s like a breath of fresh air in a busy world. Our décor ideas for the perfect cottagecore aesthetic will help you make it happen.
Choose Earthy Colors
A running theme throughout our list is the idea of returning to nature. Natural colors like muted greens, browns, blues, and neutrals are the easiest on the eyes and tend to make us feel calm. Emphasizing wood through wood flooring, furniture, and trim often creates the foundation for these colors. Dotting these with floral-colored accents like pinks or reds will complete the garden-like image.
Focus on Nature
You don’t just have to hint at a return to nature. Cottagecore homes always bring nature into the home, whether real or artificial. A few ideas you might try include:
- Hanging wildflowers or herbs along the walls
- Placing fresh flowers in a vase
- Growing house plants or an indoor herb garden
- Choosing floral-patterned textiles
- Putting scenic prints on the walls
Sunshine is another outdoor element you should consider. Using light-colored window trimmings and hanging mirrors will maximize the natural light in the space.
Coziness Is Key
Cottages are cozy almost by definition. And while coziness is in the eye of the beholder, you can follow certain principles to make a house feel more “homey.” Instead of emphasizing how big a room is, try making it feel a little smaller by bringing furniture closer together or using darker paint on the wall or ceiling.
Texture is also key to coziness. Try to favor soft and rustic over sleek and smooth. Choose between a quilt or duvet instead of a smooth comforter and distressed furniture over freshly painted. Using rugs, upholstered furniture, and lots of pillows will give the home a pleasant, lived-in feeling.
Nod To Days Gone by
The cottagecore aesthetic draws on the time period when little cottages in the countryside were common—interestingly, around the same time as the transcendentalist period. Finding ways to incorporate old-fashioned elements will help bring this look home. A few vintage décor ideas for your cottagecore aesthetic may include:
- Hanging vintage artwork
- Using a picture railing
- Emphasizing wood finish
- Buying antiques
- Putting up wallpaper
- Displaying vintage books
A home doesn’t have to be old-fashioned to be cottagecore. Simply incorporating these elements in an otherwise modern look can add a little cottage flair.