Understanding the Cottagecore Aesthetic
The cottagecore aesthetic is having a significant moment in both home and personal design styles. This movement celebrates the idealized look of nature and country life.
The cottagecore movement began before the Covid pandemic. But it gained significant traction during the Covid lockdowns when everyone was stuck in front of their computer screens.
According to Forbes Magazine, cottagecore is much more than a design aesthetic, it is a lifestyle. It is all about embracing a simple way of life that gets back to nature and quiet homey pursuits. We will explore some of the brief history of this social media turned home design movement as well as some of the aspects that anyone can incorporate into their home.
What is Cottagecore Aesthetic Style?
The cottagecore aesthetic first became popular as a rebirth of earlier styles in the 2010s. The term cottagecore was first used on Tumblr in 2014 according to National Public Radio. The term can be understood in parts: the word “cottage” is explainable as the style echoes the English cottage design and style. The suffix “core” is used to characterize a music genre or category similar to the word “hardcore”.
Later, the cottagecore style became a movement. This was due in large part to influencers on social media and celebrities like Taylor Swift and the promotional pictures of her recent album ‘Folklore’. The popularity of the cottage core aesthetic can be seen as a reaction to the creep of technology into our lives much like the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. Also, there is an emphasis on sustainability and personal wellness that is attractive to many people.
The cottage design aesthetic is all about comfort and simplicity. Many homes featuring this look utilize vintage and antique items that bring warmth and a homey feel to the space. They also bring the natural world into their home spaces, so fresh flowers and branches are always welcome. In addition, handmade items are given pride of place.
Cottagecore Design Tips
There has been criticism of the cottage aesthetic as not authentic and too exclusive to certain groups. But cottagecore style can work for anyone who wants to incorporate this design aesthetic into their home and life. Here are a few ways that you can do just that.
Antique and Vintage Items
Incorporate furniture and home decorations that are considered vintage or antique. These items often have a weathered or well-used look that is common to the homey and comfortable style of cottagecore design.
The design style of cottagecore does not include the cords and screens of modern technology. Therefore, it is important to find ways to hide cords and screens when they are not in use. This can include the use of cottagecore furniture like large cabinets for TVs or well-placed holes to feed cords through.
The cottagecore style includes the incorporation of the outdoors into the inside of the home. This includes bringing in nature like flowers, plants, seashells, and branches into your home. Consider also adding botanical drawings and objects using natural elements like wood, wool, and leather into the home. In addition to the other elements, use fabrics that portray nature like fun floral fabrics.
Use Plenty of Baskets
Modern cottagecore is all about the simple comforts of home. Nothing says homey comfort quite like a basket filled with books, cozy blankets, and puzzles. Use large and small baskets anywhere that you need to create storage in living rooms where people gather or in bedrooms near your bedside tables.
If you are looking to create the cottage core style, forgo the modern acrylic side table for a wooden one. Wooden furniture is ideal for cottagecore interior design. It still looks fitting in these rooms even when it gets dings and scratches in the course of everyday life.
Just Add Books
Curling up with a cup of tea and a good book is cottagecore 101. Incorporate vintage and antique books as well as books that have the cottagecore design aesthetic in style or in content.
Mix Color and Texture
Cottagecore design style takes so many of its cues from English country style. Many of these English cottages feature colorful interiors that layers texture and pattern. This includes a mix of plaid, floral, and toile all combined together to create a look of “lived-in style”. Try to layer textures including fluffy wools, nubby jute, woven wicker, and soft cotton.
Layer more color and texture with the use of wallpaper. There are so many amazing styles of wallpaper these days from the sophisticated to the casual.
Curtain and Drapes
Curtains and drapes are not necessary to cottagecore, but they can help soften the look of a room and make it appear more romantic in style. Use country style curtains with ruffles or choose more understated cafe style curtains over a kitchen counter or in a bathroom.
Cottagecore interiors are simple and unaffected. Open shelves are great for this as you can display colorful dishes and bakeware. Mugs and teacups are always handy for when you want to make that perfect cup of tea.
If you have the time and means, you can accentuate cottagecore style with architectural features in your home. Add faux or real wooden beams to your ceiling to give your home the look of a cottage. Wooden paneling, shiplap paneling, tiled ceilings, and wood floors are another way to bring the simple cottage look inside.
Cottagecore Interior Design
So what does all of this look like in practice? Let’s take a look at some inspirational pictures of classic cottagecore rooms that we have gathered. We will see what some of these gorgeous cottagecore interiors have in common.
The Gamekeeper’s Kitchen
This kitchen, featured by Anya Rice Photography, is a good example of cottagecore interior design. Notice the open shelves with colorful books and cookware.
The wooden chairs have a mismatched style and look like they were collected over time. The wooden beams in the ceiling are a common architectural feature in English cottages and the perfect addition to cottagecore design.
Cottagecore Living Room
Here is another quintessential example of cottage core interior style. It features layered surfaces with cozy throws and floral pillows.
The designers have incorporated fresh flowers and plants into each room. The wide plank wood floors are ideal for the simple cottage style. Another architectural feature common in cottage design styles is wood paneled walls.
Country Home Bathroom
The wooden beams are just the architectural touch to set off the cottage style of this bathroom. Other elements like the colorful clawfoot tub, pedestal sink, and the hanging plants accentuate its cottagecore style.
Refined Cottagecore Bedroom
Not all cottagecore is a riot of color and design. Cottagecore can be more minimal in color and pattern. This bedroom design from M & P Design Group is painted in a subtle shade of sage green.
The iron bed with the various textured pillows and wicker light sconces give the room a quiet sense of comfort.
Colorful Laundry Room
Laundry would not be such a tiresome chore in this gorgeous cottagecore laundry room design from Meet West Studio. They have used colorful wallpaper and balanced it with a soft sea green cabinet color. The open shelves with the storage baskets make laundry detergent and other essentials quick to grab.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
What are common elements of the cottagecore aesthetic in home design?
The most common elements of this style are distressed and rustic style furniture and homewares, natural elements like flowers and plants, books, baskets, layered textiles, and any items that celebrate handcrafted goods like needlework or homemade food.
Are there other design styles similar to cottagecore?
Wanting to “get back” to a simpler time of life is nothing new; therefore, iterations of this style have always been around. Some of these styles include the Arts and Crafts movement, country style, rustic style, and farmhouse style.
How did cottagecore begin?
Cottagecore, as a movement, was first seen on Tumblr in the mid 2010s. It began to gain more traction during the late 2010s. In 2020, when staying at home was a reality for everyone, cottagecore ideals were a way that people visualized thriving in their home environments rather than just surviving them. Cottagecore has spawned countless other design styles that are more specific in nature.
What are other cottagecore aesthetic names?
The modern cottagecore style has many different names. These include farmcore, naturecore, meadowcore, and countrycore.
Is cottagecore style realistic?
Cottagecore is one of the most realistic home styles out there. Rather than just being for show, it can create a more comfortable home that works for everyone because it doesn’t need to look perfect.
The cottagecore aesthetic is a style that can work for everyone. It is a back-to-nature look that can be an authentic manifestation of what many people desire. This is a great style to incorporate with others because it is not an all-or-nothing look. You can mix and match items over time to create a look that is unique and personal.