Styling Cottagecore

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There have been various country living trends over the years, but Cottagecore has inevitably topped them all in popularity, recently snagging the number one spot for UK home décor 2021 trends. It has even overtaken dried flowers in popularity! So, if you feel you can’t possibly fit another piece of pampas grass into your home, Cottagecore could be the next trend for you!

Cottagecore has become more than just an interiors’ trend. Instead, it has been titled a cultural movement. It can be thought of as a lifestyle, a fashion trend, and of course an interiors’ trend. The essence of Cottagecore is all about embracing a simple, rural life, and home comforts. It incorporates lots of colour, and pattern, with a layered mix of antique, traditional and contemporary.

How to bring Cottagecore to your home

Welcome nature in…

Cottagecore is all about being at one with nature! For that reason, incorporate as much greenery as possible into your home. You could hang various houseplants around your home, or even grow your own fresh herbs, and display them in antique plant pots on the windowsill. For a more rustic, neutral feel, you could opt for a vase of dried flowers and grass. Bringing nature into your home goes further than just adding a few plants here and there. It also includes floral wallpaper, curtains, and ornaments. The Cottagecore trend is certainly not restrictive, so don’t be afraid to mix and match floral patterns within your décor. This will only enhance the overall free spirited, and comforting home ambience you are trying to achieve!

Love your clutter…

Yep… you read it right… Cottagecore is one of the only trends still standing that is all in favour of clutter and miscellaneous odds and ends! This may be one of the more difficult concepts to adapt to, as for the last decade, the overriding interior trends have favoured minimalism, with a ‘less is more’ approach. One of the most defining features of Cottagecore is seeing the beauty in the simplest of things. Rather than hiding away your Grandmothers’, father’s and uncles’ pass-me-downs because they do not go with your colour scheme … display them regardless! Antique ornaments are a key characteristic of Cottagecore, bringing a lived-in, homely atmosphere, as well as plenty of talking opportunities when you have guests over!

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Embrace colour, but keep it subtle…

Although there is no specific colour-way that you should stick to with Cottagecore, to achieve an intimate and relaxed environment you should stick with muted, softer colours. You do not have to stick to white, black or brown, but choose a soft rose pink over a bright fuchsia pink. Embrace pinks, blues, yellows, oranges - but ensure that you keep the tone soft and mellow, rather than dark and intense. A lot of Cottagecore homes display a variety of patterns, thereby keeping the colour-ways soft and subtle, ensuring that the ambience will be kept simple and tranquil, without becoming too busy. Cottagecore is an interesting mix of maximalism meeting minimalism:- it’s full of character, and rich in pattern and colour, yet still understated, calm and soothing on the mind.

Think tassels…

Cottagecore favours making use of different textures to bring dimension and character into your home. One of the most popular textures to give your home that vintage, quirky feel is - tassels! You can find tassels on display cushions and curtains, on rugs, and on lighting.