Spending so much time at home has given us the opportunity to reconsider how we want our most personal spaces to look. The last 18 months have inspired many DIY home renovation or design projects, and one of the most notable décor trends to emerge is cottagecore.
This earthy variation on the cozy nostalgia of shabby chic is perhaps demonstrative of what we are all craving in our lives right now. Laid-back yet chic, nature-inspired yet modern, and vintage yet functional, cottagecore might be the home design style you didn’t know you were missing.
Cottagecore as a design style is centered around what you may imagine living in a cottage in the countryside would be like. It’s a celebration of the idyllic elements of rural life. Something about staying home for a year has us all dreaming of a quiet, simple life filled with wholesome foods, happy animals, gardens to tend to, and a deep appreciation for nature and the natural world. Picture gardens, greenery, floral prints, magical woodlands, flowy summer dresses, and rolling fields. Cottagecore is all about living like and looking like you’re in a pastoral painting or would fit in on the farm, even if you live in the big city. Perhaps a nostalgia to reconnect to our roots, or perhaps just another trend, cottagecore has got us good either way. How can you blame us? It’s the perfect flavor of whimsical we all need right now.
But how does this translate to home décor? Even if you live in a big city, you can still integrate cottagecore elements into your space to feel all “Little House on the Prairie” with all the modern amenities. If this sounds like something you need in your life, read on for our top ways to add cottagecore styles into your bathroom.
Hopelessly romantic, wallpaper is one of those design elements that bring us back to late 19th-century Victorian farmhouses. While wallpaper fell out of trend for a while, it’s certainly back now to fulfill all your cottagecore dreams. We realize bathrooms are a rather humid place to hang wallpaper. But luckily, technology is on our side, and wallpaper manufacturers have developed kinds of wallpaper that are moisture-resistant and perfect for your bathrooms. Bring the great outdoors and dreams of rolling fields of wildflowers into your bathroom with floral wallpaper. Rich and indulgent floral patterns and leaf prints are just about as cottagecore as you can get. Choose soft pastel colors, muted earth tones, or relaxed neutrals. Perhaps make half the wall a wooden panel to bring even more of the great outdoors into your bathroom. Go all in and be sure your bathroom rugs match the palette of the wallpaper for a more synergetic look.
In case we haven’t made it clear yet, the natural world is a fundamental part of what drives cottagecore. Flowers, fields, green, forests, and gardens are all central to determining décor. You want to be inside feeling like if you stepped out your front door, you’d be stepping into bucolic bliss. Another cottagecore-inspired way to style your bathroom is to integrate natural elements and materials into the space. This will create a connection between the outdoors and indoors in a way that doesn’t naturally exist in a cooler and sterile space such as a bathroom. Natural materials such as wood, ceramic, and stone are the fundamentals of the cottagecore trend. They will also soften the edge of your bathroom and give it a cozier vibe. Even small additions such as wooden shelves, wooden towel racks, seagrass baskets, and lush plants can do wonders to capture the cozy and comfortable feels of cottagecore.
A neutral palette is best if you’re trying to get that perfect cottagecore look. Prints and patterns are all excellent choices but err towards more subtle colors. Just like the natural materials, colors should be soft and soothing shades that occur naturally in nature. Some examples are earthy greens, ocean blues, warm wood, sunshine yellows, blush lavenders, and dusty rose. A neutral palette brings simplicity and an uncomplicated feel to a space, which is what we’re looking to feel. Also, feel free to explore various textures to make sure that the space doesn’t feel flat. Match your bath towels to your color scheme so that everything flows together beautifully.
Since cottagecore is a modern take on stylishly returning to nature, it’s best to stock it with eco-friendly items too. Eliminate plastic by switching to bamboo toothbrushes, glass soap dispensers, and sustainably packaged products. Try using products that are more natural, chemical-free, and biodegradable to capture the cottagecore ethos. Swap out paper towel rolls for decorative hand towels, and air fresheners for infusers with natural essential oils. If you’ve always considered natural products to be out of your budget, think again. Many brands have jumped on the bandwagon and are making eco-friendly products more affordable, so it’s perfect for stocking your cottagecore bathroom.
So much is in the details when it comes to capturing the essence of a particular design style. Adding small decorative details to your bathroom is especially on-trend for the cottagecore look. Something like Victorian-inspired clawfoot tubs, floral printed shower curtains, woven baskets, or decorative dried flora arrangements can do a lot to add some cottagecore vibes to your bathroom. Simple details like these can bring the coziness of cottagecore into your bathroom without requiring a whole design makeover.
Add more coziness and warmth to your home with cottagecore styling. Whether a call to reconnect with nature or just another trend, we still love the essence of cottagecore as the soothing and down-to-earth style we all need right now.