Have you heard the term “cottagecore”?
It’s fast becoming the biggest lifestyle and styling trend to come out of lockdown.
Over half a million Instagram posts have been uploaded with the “cottagecore” hashtag since March. And the trend looks likely to be even bigger now that “cottagecore” has started to influence interior design style.
“Cottagecore” developed from the desire to lead a simpler life, embracing wholesome outdoor activities, baking bread, cheese making, homespun fashion and living in a rural idyll.
But as lockdown kicked in, social isolation became a thing and urbanites craved for a Cotswold bolt hole and lifestyle to match, a new-look country chic made its way into interior design.
As people sheltered in their homes, there became an increasing desire to style interiors with a feeling of comfort, peace and simplicity. To create a sanctuary.
“Cottagecore” style can give a home a feeling of rural idyll and a safe haven without living in the country.
The look may be inspired by a romanticised interpretation of agricultural life but the vibe is definitely more contemporary.
How to Get the “Cottagecore” Look?
1. Plain and simple.
Any soft furnishings should focus on texture, comfort and embracing all things natural. Wood is a key element, complemented with any linens or wool to enhance a scheme.
2. Kitchen ”Cottagecore”
If you choose just one room to introduce a sense of “cottagecore” then a kitchen is probably the most obvious place to start. Simply add accessories to create a feeling of rural relaxation and seclusion.
Natural, hand-woven rattan tableware, open wood shelves, simple white tiles and contemporary glass lampshades will give your kitchen an instant “cottagecore” look.
Choose artisan-made accessories in natural materials.
3. Keep It Natural
If you embrace the “cottagecore” look, choose natural materials, stone, distressed features and complementary paint finishes to get the look.
4. Curate a “Cottagecore” Corner
Experiment with the look and have fun collating key “cottagecore” items.
White ceramics, non-matching vintage utilitarian items, interesting accessories, plants, natural materials like shells, cork and dried wild or small cottage garden flowers will give a corner or shelf an instant “cottagecore” look.
5. Twee It Should Not Be!
To achieve your new-styled “cottagecore” look, avoid chintz and anything too ‘twee’. Instead, use an ‘on trend’ colour palette and some accessories and finishes for a more contemporary look.
6. Colour, Less is More
The “cottagecore” colour palette is essentially a neutral one, but don’t be afraid to add in an element of colour too. Just remember to keep those tones “earthy”, no vibrant shades and you’ll soon be surrounded by haven of stylish serenity.
7. Bring the Outside In
With its core values intrinsically linked to the countryside, don’t forget to bring the outside in with greenery and florals, to get the “cottagecore” look.
Keep the styling loose and natural, with glass jars and country flowers at its heart.
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