Cottagecore is an increasingly popular aesthetic in both fashion and home décor. Everyone can appreciate this down-home, cozy, and cute vibe inspired by Victorianesque vintage home goods, English tea rooms, and natural, sustainable materials. This aesthetic is simultaneously the height of comfort while also maintaining a chic and modern sensibility.
This vibe is all about bringing the feeling of sipping your favorite tea while wrapped in your favorite cashmere sweater to your entire home.
One of the trademark features of a cottagecore home is the incorporation of live plants. The cottagecore aesthetic is all about creating a peaceful, cozy, cabin-in-the-woods feel to your home’s interior, even if you’re right in the middle of a major city. You can do this with house plants in your living spaces, potted herbs in your kitchen, dried flowers and eucalyptus hanging in your bathroom, and keeping fresh-cut flowers on tables and countertops.
One of the best and easiest ways to incorporate plants into your home in a cottagecore way is by placing a few low-maintenance potted houseplants, such as a pothos, in a wicker or seagrass basket. A woven wicker or braided grass basket is a great cottagecore touch for any home, and they can make for lovely, chic containers for your potted plants.
Another signature feature of the cottagecore aesthetic is the incorporation of soft, warm lighting. Stay away from blue-toned LED lights and think more along the lines of soft, yellow-toned lightbulbs in vintage lamps and strings of sparkly fairy lights.
Another cozy, romantic, and cottagecore way to incorporate soft flickering lighting is with candles. Opting for homey, warm, and spiced fragrances like cinnamon and vanilla will only accentuate your comfy homestyle vibe.
When decorating for a cottagecore home aesthetic, keep in mind the importance of texture and variety. A popular feature in many cottagecore homes is indoor latticework. This can be incorporated as a wall hanging to section off areas of a small space, such as a studio apartment, or you can use a wooden lattice to train your indoor plants.
Also, bear in mind that cottagecore is a maximalist aesthetic, so don’t be afraid to mix patterns, fabrics, and colors. Incorporate lots of lace into your home with table runners, curtains, or tapestries. Soften the cold vibe of hardwood or tile flooring with several homey rugs.
All cottagecore homes should incorporate flowers or some type of floral into the aesthetic. To cinch the cottagecore vibe, stick to the types of flowers you might see in an English garden — roses, lilacs, lavender, etc.
When choosing a cottagecore vibe for your home, using the right color palate is essential to executing this look perfectly. The color palette that is generally considered cottagecore tends to also draw inspiration from a cozy cottage garden in the English countryside: think soft, natural hues.
For example, if you have any bright white furniture, consider painting it an off-white, creamy color and perhaps even giving it a distressed, shabby-chic look. You can also tea-stain white curtains and white lace features. Incorporate natural wood and earth tones, but don’t shy away from pastel pinks, purples, and blues. A great way to add a splash of color to your living room is with a few colorful throw pillows.
Again, cottagecore is a maximalist décor. Without being cluttered, you can incorporate your most frequently used items as décor themselves. If you are a baker, line your kitchen walls with your best pots, pans, and molds. Transfer your dry goods such as sugar, flour, beans, and rice in mason jars and display them as décor.
If you’re into any arts or crafts, don’t keep them locked away in a closet. Proudly display your projects as part of your aesthetic. To keep this look organized, you can use shelf baskets to compartmentalize your things in your living spaces.
Cottagecore is also a fantastic aesthetic for those who are eco-conscious. You don’t have to buy a ton of new accessories or furniture to turn your home into a cottagecore dream. You can transform the living room you already have with just a few soft touches, such as a cozy quilt or a thrifted crocheted blanket. Display your roses in a thrifted vase and cross-stitch some simple floral patterns on the plain, minimalist throw pillows you might already have.
With just a few simple touches, you can easily transform your home into the romantic countryside cottage of your dreams.