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Cottagecore Interior Design Tips: How to Achieve the Look

Cottagecore Interior

Do you ever find yourself swiping your thumb across Pinterest boards when suddenly you’re bewitched by an aesthetic that begins to consume your algorithm and before you know it, you’re telling yourself, “... I need that.” Welcome to cottagecore!

Initially found in the quaint corners of design blogs, the cottagecore aesthetic has enamored interior designers and design enthusiasts across the web and is now taking root as a central theme in 21st-century home decor. This enchanting style, reminiscent of pastoral life and simpler times, offers a serene escape from the seemingly endless buzzing notifications and flashing screens of the modern world. More than merely a “design trend”, the coziness, comfort, and harmonious connection with nature make cottagecore a lifestyle.

As a concept, it embraces a simpler, sustainable existence that is more harmonious with nature. Aesthetically, it’s a nod to the traditional English countryside style, romantic and nostalgic.Davina Ogilvie, founder of Wovn Home

Let’s delve into the world of cottagecore interior design, including its history and some practical tips to transform your living space into the cozy, nature-inspired haven you want it to be.

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The Essence of Cottagecore Aesthetic: A Return to Roots 

Living the Cottagecore Dream: An Overview

In short, cottagecore is an aesthetic and lifestyle that embodies rural life, traditional crafts, and a slower pace of living. It's about creating a home that looks (but more importantly, feels) like a warm embrace filled with memories. Handmade decor and wooden elements filling each room, this cozy style of furnishing appeals to those seeking a sense of peace and nostalgia. These intentional stylistic elements are the foundation of the lifestyle that is cottagecore, a lifestyle that provides refuge from the freneticism of the modern digital age.

Born of a desire to return to a slower way of living, it is a movement that revels in the romance of rural life and celebrates a pastoral fantasy: think of soft, sun-faded aprons and the scent of freshly baked bread and you’re halfway there. Daisy Oakley, Author of "Cottagecore: Inspirational Ideas, Crafts and Recipes for Wholesome Country Living"

From Past to Present: The Origins of Cottagecore

Tracing its roots back to the pastoral imagery of 19th-century Europe, cottagecore is heavily influenced by the romanticization of agricultural life and the rolling hills, quaint hamlets, and pastoral beauty of the English countryside. It's a style that has evolved over time, gaining momentum in recent years through social media. Today, it is characterized by a blend of traditional “house on the prairie” elements while making use of modern pieces. It is an alluring aesthetic for anyone seeking to infuse their homes with warmth, history, and a smidge of whimsy.

The Unique Charm of Cottagecore: Elements and Distinctions

Cottagecore is distinguished by its focus on rustic simplicity, natural materials, and a connection to the outdoors. Unlike the sleek lines and polished surfaces of modern design, cottagecore welcomes imperfections and the handmade. Think floral patterns, vintage furniture, soft lighting, knits, pastels, and an abundance of greenery. When these components work together, it makes for a space that feels like hot tea and scones on a rainy afternoon. And who wouldn't want to come home to that?

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Crafting Your Cottagecore Interior Sanctuary 

Natural Materials in Cottagecore Design

Incorporating natural materials is fundamental to achieving the cottagecore aesthetic. Wood and stone are not just elements of construction but are central to the narrative of a cottagecore home. They bring the outdoors in, enveloping rooms with grounding properties and feel. Varieties of texture, from wood to knit also provide a sense of tactile juxtaposition.

The Vintage Touch: Incorporating Antique Furniture  into Your Cottagecore Home

Curation is at the heart of successfully achieving the cottagecore look. Vintage furniture plays a pivotal role in cottagecore interiors, adding character and a sense of history to your space. Thrift store finds and heirloom pieces are more than just decor; they’re story pieces. Don’t be afraid to step into your local thrift store or wander through a flea market to find some hidden gems and really nail that cottagecore aesthetic. Each found item will contribute to the overall look of the cottagecore home, giving it that lived-in and loved vibe. 

This is also a more eco-friendly choice. We love being able to give life to old furniture, rather than buying new products. Many of our designs feature repurposed existing finishes, reclaimed tile, and refinished original cabinets Kirsten Blazek, interior designer

Letting Spaces Feel Lived-In: Achieving the Cottagecore Aesthetic

Achieving a balance between curated beauty and a lived-in feel is essential to the cottagecore ethos. Cottagecore’s aesthetic values the look and feel of a space that has been gradually assembled over time, rich with memories and personal touches. Embrace imperfections and the beauty and patina of older materials, these will help create an inviting atmosphere that looks and feels authentic. Incorporating pieces that hold a history, whether it's a hand-me-down bookshelf or a quilt made by a loved one, adds wonderful warm layers to your home. 

By mixing in era-inspired pieces into your space, you can create a layered and vintage look often found in charming cottages. Think damask rugs, the look of aged stoneware pottery, woven baskets, arched gold mirrors, and the cozy feel of embroidered blankets and throws. Ursula Carmona, HomeGoods Style Expert

Pieces Make it Personal:  Infusing Your Cottagecore Interior with Love and Style

Cottagecore is also about personalization and the charm of handmade items. Engaging in DIY projects not only allows you to add a uniquely “you” touch to your home but also connects you to the process of creation. Crafting your own decor, whether it's through upcycling old furniture, creating textile art, or assembling a display of found objects, brings both personality and a sense of accomplishment to your cottagecore dwelling. Cottagecore might be en vogue, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t reflect your own personal tastes. 

Choosing Cottagecore Colors:  Embracing Nature-Inspired Tones in Your Home

Selecting the right colors is crucial for cultivating a cottagecore ambiance. Warm, muted tones that reflect the natural world—such as soft greens, dusty pinks, and earthy browns—help to create a serene and welcoming space. These colors can be complemented with pastel accents for a touch of softness and light. When choosing colors for your cottagecore home, consider how they will interact with natural light and the overall palette of your space to ensure a cohesive look. Lighting your space, stick to candescent bulbs over fluorescent lights. Warmth in all aspects is central to evoking the feel of cottagecore. 

Wallpaper, Art, and Soft Furnishings in Cottagecore Style

Although the cohesive color palette will already be aesthetically appealing on its own, adding eye-catching patterns and prints cultivates a deeper sense of style. Opt for wallpaper designs that feature floral or botanical motifs to bring an element of the outdoors inside. Throws and accent pillows that are textured or embroidered will add an additional layer of warmth and personality to your space. Levtex Home offers an array of products that perfectly align with the cottagecore aesthetic, from floral bedding sets to textured accents that complement the cottagecore palette and theme.

Plants, Flowers, & Ingredients on Display: Decorating  Your Cottagecore Home

No cottagecore home is complete without the presence of plants and flowers. They are vital in bringing that luscious green feel to your space, which is an integral aspect of cottagecore living. Consider purchasing a house plant or flowers the next time you stop at your local grocery, and placing them in your home. If you don’t have a green thumb, faux plants work too. And remember, cottagecore works in every room of the home. Displaying handmade pottery or wooden bowls in open shelving and hanging dried herbs in the kitchen can add to the aesthetic appeal while still being extremely functional. What’s a better combo than pragmatism and aesthetics? 

Key aesthetic components are bringing natural elements indoors as decorative elements—dried flowers, fresh flowers, houseplants—along with a natural color palette with neutrals and warm tones. Molly Hatch, founder of an eponymous tableware and home goods company

Cottagecore can be Yours

Although the pace of the modern digital age means trends live and die within the span of months, cottagecore has roots in history that solidify it as timeless. By embracing cottagecore interior design, you will be embracing simplicity and nostalgia. Natural materials, vintage finds, and your own personal touch will transform your home into a cozy, inviting retreat that pays homage to the charm of rural life. Remember, cottagecore is about creating a space that feels uniquely yours, so let your imagination and personal style guide you. With these tips and the beautiful collections of Levtex Home at your disposal, you're already well on your way to achieving the perfect cottagecore interior.

It isn’t cosplay or transforming yourself into someone from a different era. It’s truly embracing the decision to intentionally invite tranquility and sustainability into many areas of your everyday life. Breegan Jane, interior designer
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Can I achieve the Cottagecore look without completely redecorating my home?

Absolutely! Incorporating cottagecore elements can be as simple as adding floral patterns, bringing in more plants, or displaying vintage finds. Start small and gradually infuse your space with cottagecore charm. This approach allows you to customize your home at your own pace, making the transition more manageable and budget-friendly. Even minor changes, such as swapping out modern decor for rustic pieces, can create a noticeable impact. Experiment with rearranging existing decor to create cozy nooks or open spaces that bring the cottagecore aesthetic to life.

What are some budget-friendly ways to embrace the Cottagecore style?

Thrift shopping, repurposing existing items, and DIY projects are great ways to achieve the look without breaking the bank. Cottagecore is about authenticity, not extravagance. By focusing on creativity and resourcefulness, you can capture the essence of the style while staying within your budget. Handmade crafts and personal touches can also add a layer of warmth and character to your space. Consider incorporating secondhand finds and reimagining old pieces to create a home filled with love and history. 

Are there specific color schemes that work best for Cottagecore design?

Yes, cottagecore typically revolves around earthy tones, pastels, and muted colors that mimic the natural environment. Think greens, browns, soft pinks, and yellows. These colors create a soothing and welcoming atmosphere, enhancing the cozy feel of the space. Experiment with different shades and hues to find a color scheme that complements your existing decor. Experiment with layering these colors in different textures and patterns to achieve a cozy, inviting look.

How can I make my home feel lived-in without it looking cluttered?

Focus on meaningful decoration. Choose items that tell a story, use open shelving for display, and ensure everything has its place. It's about creating a sense of comfort and history, not filling every space. Embrace a mix of new and old pieces to give your home a curated, yet personalized look. Balance is key, so aim for a harmonious arrangement of decor that feels warm and inviting. Prioritize decor that you love and that resonates with the cottagecore lifestyle for a space that is both beautiful and functional.

Written by Spencer Spring


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