Today we are looking at cottagecore decor ideas. A new trend of home decorating that reminds us of simpler times and grandma's home. An English cottage style that brings all the senses, cozy, and natural. Cottagecore aesthetic movement has charmingly written all over it.
Cottagecore Decor Ideas
These cottagecore decor ideas range from working kitchens to cozy bedrooms. We are going to break down what you will need to create this aesthetic and how to create a dreamy cottage core space. But what exactly is cottagecore?
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What is Cottagecore style?
Cottagecore or cottage core is basically an aesthetic depicting a romanticized style in nature. Decorating by telling a story of a soothing escapist forest rural life cottage style.
Cottagecore is even broken down into different styles. There is grandmacore, meadowcore, gardencore, farmcore, prairecore, vintagecore, fairycore, and the list goes on. Do you see a common theme in all the “core” names? Nature and vintage are the keys.
Here is basically what the cottagecore trend looks like, living in a charming cozy cottage in the middle of the forest with little baby animals like sheep and goats. Writing letters by a fire with your kitty cat taking a nap nearby sipping on a homebrew tea from your herb garden and nibbling on a piece of your freshly baked bread.
It reminds me of artists from the Victorian period escaping to nature like Ophelia. It is a wistful longing bucolic dreamy world to escape to. A pastoral fantasy per se.
Old soul personalities adore this style. They love doing all the things that grandma would do like baking and cooking. Rooms are full of decorations like flowers and plants hanging from the walls and ceiling. Remember it is a dreamy world of nature.
Cottagecore Decor Ideas
If you want to decorate in this style you will find it an easy task if you love feminine and vintage. When I think of this style I have a mental picture of my grandma's kitchen. In some ways, grandma was living the cottagecore life. Here is a list of decorations you might consider when shopping for Cottagecore.
- Real plants
- Vintage or antique furniture
- Dried flowers and real flowers
- Vintage fabrics and lace
- Vintage rugs
- Victorian teacups
- Botanical prints in butterflies, mushroom, or anything nature
- Old books and stationary
Now let's look at each vintage decor element and how it was used to decorate Cottagecore homes from talented decorators.
A room full of plants is probably the easiest way to add the forest feeling. Because this style incorporates nature plants are at the top of this list.
Here is a great example of decorating in the cottagecore style by using plants.
Janice at janiceissitt_life-style on Instagram truly captures the cottagecore life. Her home is gorgeous and she used plants to help create a cozy natural feeling.
If you love the look of plants but need help here is a tutorial on how to decorate with plants and the best plants for indoors.
Vintage or Antique Furniture
A great place to start when creating your story in decor is with vintage or antique rustic wooden furniture. Look carefully for pieces that fit into the scene you are trying to create. The best places to look for old furniture is thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores.
Here is a great way to incorporate the farmcore aesthetic. Ourcornishcottage on Instagram has used furniture in her dining room beautiful way to set the stage for cottagecore charm.
If your home has farmhouse decor then it will be easy to move your style to farmcore.
Another beautiful example is this lovely kitchen which reminds me of grandmacore. Look at this gorgeous wooden table in the home photographed by Caroline Romare Photography. You can just imagine the story going on in this space.
This room also has dried flowers which brings me to another element of this aesthetic life.
Dried and Real Flowers
Dried and real flowers are another way to bring this style into your home. Hugs and Heart Interiors use flowers to decorate their cottage. You can find lots of ideas for the cottagecore style on their Instagram at hugsandhearts.
The best ways to get the cottagecore vibe with flowers is to use wild flower in a vintage vase. Hanging dried flowers on the wall or from the ceiling or flowers sitting in a basket. Remember you are telling a story as if you just came from a walk outside and picked flowers in a field on the way.
Vintage Fabrics and Lace
Vintage fabrics and lace are vogue when it comes to this style. If you look at the cottagecore fashion movement you will find dainty little floral prints, stripes, natural materials, and checks. Just think about Holly Hobby and what she wore.
Emily at Blue Linen Cottage captures this vintagecore aesthetic using floral patterns of fabric and lace to decorate. You will love her tiny cottage and her fur babies. And she has an Etsy shop too where can purchase all kinds of beautiful lace for your next project.
Since we are on the topic of vintage fabrics let's add in vintage rugs. In fact, anything vintage works nicely with the core styles.
Linda's home at Stonecottage2250 is a dreamy place with all the cottagecore feels. Here she has layered rugs using a classic vintage style rug in her bedroom.
We also love her vintage painting filled with scenes of yesteryear.
Victorian decor fits in very nicely with the cottage aesthetic. And if there is one that says vintage it is the victorian tea cups.
Place one, two or more tea cups in your space to bring the cottagecore look to your home decor.
Here is a cute idea by Jordan at Little Vintage Sparrow on Instagram where they simply place a teacup and saucer on a lace and table cloth to give that cozy charming feeling. I love her site! It is so relaxing and pleasant.
Another fun way to incorporate vintage china is to arrangement plates on the wall.
Look at how adorable this kitchen turned out by Carol at carol_at_rose_field-cottage! The arrangement of delicate floral plates on the wall has cottagecore written all over them.
Botanical art fits in perfectly. In fact any botanical motifs are the perfect choices.
You can use old vintage pieces or new ones that look old. We have loads of botanicals in our Etsy shop from butterflies to greenery.
Funny thing that we were just talking about teacups and here is another example of decorating with teacups by Tamsyn at tamsynmorgans on Instagram. Her site is lovely and has loads and loads more inspiration.
Other prints to consider are greenery, mushrooms, fairies, any cute baby animals, floral motifs and the list goes on. Also consider needlepoint art. Here is another great idea to incorporate vintage art into your space.
Look at these sweet jar covers by Andrea at anndyhr on Instagram with butterflies and daisies. Grab an embroidery kit and create charming little insect or flower designs to frame or place on jar like this one.
What a cute way to add decorations and art at the same time to your cozy little cottage.
If there is one thing you have seen over and over it is baskets. Baskets easily fit into all the core categories from farmcore to fairycore. They can be used in a functional capacity or decorated to give that charming aesthetic.
Here is a great example of using baskets as decoration. Look at how cute Sara Jo with bryartonfarm used baskets to decorate her lighting and again a basket of flowers on her table.
Another great example of using basket to get that cottagecore vibe is Danielle at incalico on Instagram.
Look how beautiful she has styled her ceiling in her kitchen with baskets. It is like retreating to a cozy little cottage getaway.
If you love baskets and need help decorating with them try this how to decorate with baskets article.
Old Books and Stationary
Remember in the beginning when I painted a picture of the Cottagecore lifestyle? There was one part where I shared the vision of writing a letter by the fire.
Well, when you decorate a room placing little vignettes where it looks like someone just got up from reading a book or writing a letter is the Cottagecore life.
Simply lay a book down with a tea cup next to it and a pair of specticles and you are decorating in this style.
Here is a great example my daughter Hannah and I created.
We started with old vintage books sitting on old furniture. First, we sat one on the table at an angle. This one is perfect because it is children's classic stories such as Pinocchio. Then we stacked more books behind it and placed a dried lavender arrangement and a sweet little baby lamb.
Next we placed an antique pot of tea and a teacup to fit into the story we are creating on the end table.
To finish off this cozy spot we placed delicious feeling ruffled throw pillows in the chair. Now the scene is set and ready to escape into this sweet good book about a little wooden boy.
I hope these Cottagecore decor ideas have inspired you to add touches of charm to your home. You may find you already have many of these items and it is just a matter of pulling them together to create an escapist retreat simple life.
The more I think about the cottagecore movement I think back to one person in history who from my perspective created a core aesthetic life and that was Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI's wife. She commissions someone to create a retreat for her called The Queen's Hamlet.
The Queen's Hamlet was filled with cottage-style buildings and full of cottagecore details. It was a peasant-looking bucolic place where she could get away from life as a queen.
I think cottagecore has been around for a very long time. The different between now and then is that it has a name.
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