For many, 2020 will go down in history as the year of masks, working from home, and social distancing. However, the interior design community will remember it as the year that gave birth to cottagecore. Cottagecore is an interior design trend that embraces the simple, cozy, authentic home. It is a new iteration of ‘country style’ that celebrates the old and the new. Think handmade quilts and reclaimed wood layered with industrial light fixtures and bold wallpaper. To call it an interior design trend is ironic, as it is all about renouncing the “latest thing” and creating a home that honors the individual. Nevertheless, cottagecore is in; hello rustic reverie. If you are looking to incorporate the cottagecore aesthetic into your home, here is where to start.
- Opt for Reclaimed & Repurposed
Nothing says cozy like a reclaimed wood table. As functional as it is stylish, its natural charm will endure years of family gatherings. This dining table is an environmentally friendly, sustainable product made exclusively from fallen trees. You can also achieve the cottagecore home by adding recycled furniture. This bench is crafted from recycled teak boat wood. The combination of colors give this product a contemporary rustic feel that embodies the essence of cottagecore.
- Forgo Minimalism
Cottagecore encourages the shameless display of odds and ends. Open shelving and display cases are the way to go with this interior design style. The idea is that you want to be able to see and enjoy the items in your home that bring you joy and nostalgia. This is your sign to display your Grandmother’s china, your collection of Polish pottery, or the little trinkets you collect on vacation. This Vintage Inspired Hutch will fulfill your cottagecore dreams like no other.
- Incorporate Nature
“In the rush of today’s world, and with more than half of us now living in cities, the majority of people are less and less connected with the spectacle of nature.” –Louise Leakey
If you want to achieve a superior interior, integrate natural elements. The easiest way to bring nature into your home is with live plants, but if you do not have a green thumb, never fear. These handmade glass and driftwood vases will do the trick. You can fill them with dried foliage, candles, or seashells to acquire the cottagecore feel. If that still feels like too much work, consider adding a few handmade teak sculptures to your home. Connecting with nature brings an added layer of coziness to your domain.
- Mismatch Furniture
Mixing textures, colors, and styles is the perfect way to create an inviting ambiance. Moreover, mismatching furniture and décor gives a home personality. Who says you cannot have a boucle fabric chair, a leather sofa, and an antique cabinet in the same room? Do not get stuck by sticking to one “genre” of furniture. Rather, blend your favorite designs to create a space unique to you. Cottagecore is about creating a vacation in your home; it is about achieving a simple, comforting environment.
If you are ready to investigate cottagecore further, come visit one of our Houston storefronts. We would love to help you furnish your dream home.