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Have you ever heard of “Cottagecore decorating”? If you have and you are digging it, this post might be totally up your alley! If you’re looking to create a cozy and nostalgic atmosphere in your home, cottagecore decorating may be just what you need. This guide will take you through the key elements of cottagecore style, including floral prints, vintage furniture, and natural materials, helping you bring the essence of the countryside into your living space. If you want to try this yourself, let’s look at some tips to help you get started with your own Cottagecore decorating adventure!

Old style vintage lamp with a candle warmer and cottage core decorating elements

But First, What is Cottagecore?

If you haven’t heard of this new-ish decorating trend, you might be wondering what in the world cottagecore decorating really is. With so many different decorating themes or styles out there, there always seems to be more popping up all the time.

So what the heck is it?

You could describe the style of cottagecore as what you might imagine when you think of a cute cottage surrounded by a gorgeous garden with all different variations of colors, shapes and sizes. Maybe a sweet older woman steeping some tea in her kitchen and you hear the birds chirping outside the half opened window.

Can you get a picture of how that might look? Better yet, what that would FEEL like when you are inside a home that has a cottagecore type presence to it?

Pam Carpenter from Better Homes and Gardens says, “While at home throughout the pandemic, many of us reconsidered our spaces and spent time on domestic activities like cooking, gardening, and hobbies like needlepoint. “We made room for the time that it took to do something,” says Carpenter. “That’s what’s at the core of cottagecore: a kinder, slower, gentler pace of life.”

These days, life is so fast, busy, and down right hectic. It can be a breath of fresh air to adapt the Cottagecore style as it is all about making intention in life beautiful. Share on X

What Is An Example Of Cottagecore Decorating?

I just have to share some of my favorite cottagecore homes and spaces, there are sooo many so it’s hard to choose just a couple.

Look at how gorgeous these are! I even added one from my grandmother’s (we call her Nana) house that is just simple and cottagecore beautiful.

Nana’s House

Old style vintage lamp with a candle warmer and cottagecore decorating elements
Beautiful bouquet of faux flowers laying on a wood dresser

My Friend, Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable

I absolutely think of my fellow blogger friend, Kim when I think of a cottagecore home over at the blog Exquisitely Unremarkable.

Isn’t this lovely?

Her style literally makes me just smile. It’s beautiful and cozy all in one.

The way she effortlessly combines vibrant colors with soft textures creates a harmonious atmosphere that instantly uplifts the mood of any space. Whether it’s a sunny reading nook in natural light or a cozy corner adorned with plush cushions and throws, her design choices always prioritize comfort without compromising on style.

I love it! *swoon*

What’s the Difference Between Cottagecore and Modern Farmhouse?

Some might wonder if there is much of a difference between modern farmhouse decorating and cottagecore decorating, so let’s look at some similarities and differences between them.

Cottagecore style homes and modern farmhouse homes both use the look of “old” things. The difference is that cottagecore decorations are truly antiques and old style while modern farmhouse decor might look “old” but are actually newly made decorations.

Modern farmhouse spaces tend to have a cleaner and more modern look to them, with a bit of farmhouse flair. Cottagecore is a “the more the merrier” style with more maximal than minimal of what’s in the home.

Also, spaces such as cottagecore bedrooms, living room or any other room have a soft feminine look with pretty floral patterns and pastel colors, modern farmhouse homes are more of a beige coloring and gender neutral.


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How To Decorate Your Own Home In The Cottagecore Style

In this guide, we will go through the key elements of Cottagecore style, from focusing on nature-inspired elements to hints of floral prints and patterns. You’ll discover how vintage and antique furniture can add character and charm, and how soft and natural color palettes can create a calming and inviting feel. Plus, we’ll explore the importance of adding cozy textures and fabrics to make your space feel warm and comforting.

So, let’s dive in and look at the ways you can create a home that screams ehem tells a story in a “sing songy” voice using Cottagecore decorations. Which can transform your living space into a haven of tranquility and natural elegance.

Cottagecore style dining room view

Embrace Nature-Inspired Elements.

One of the key aspects of cottagecore decorating is embracing nature-inspired elements in your home. You can easily do this by using natural materials such as wood, stone, and rattan. Incorporate these materials into your furniture, flooring, and decor to create a rustic and “organic” feel.

An idea would be to bring the outdoors inside by incorporating plants and flowers into your space. Whether it’s a small potted plant on a windowsill or a large bouquet of wildflowers on your dining table, these natural elements will add a touch of freshness and whimsy to your cottagecore decorating aesthetic.

Cottagecore space showing an off white display hutch with tea pots and a beautiful hanging picture frame with floral plates inside

Use Floral Prints and Patterns.

Floral prints and patterns are a staple of cottagecore decorating. They add a whimsical and romantic touch to any space. Incorporate floral prints in your curtains, bedding, upholstery, and wallpaper to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Soft and muted colors like pastel pinks, blues, and greens to maintain the vintage and airy feel of cottagecore decor. You can also mix and match different floral patterns for a more eclectic and charming look. Whether it’s a floral duvet cover or a floral accent chair, these prints will instantly bring the essence of the countryside into your home.

A large “antique” sign on a wall above an antique hutch cabinet with sunflowers

Opt for Vintage and Antique Furniture (A Cottagecore Decorating Must)

One of the key elements of cottagecore decorating is to use vintage and antique furniture. Look for pieces with a rustic and worn out look, like distressed wood or chipped paint.

Can someone out there say they adore those “chippy vibes”?

Vintage dressers, tables, and chairs can add character and charm to your space. Consider visiting thrift stores, flea markets, or online marketplaces to find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles and eras to create an eclectic type of cottagecore decor theme.

Remember, the goal is to create a space that feels good to YOU!

Before and after photos of a cottagecore breakfast area

Use Soft and Natural Color Palettes.

When it comes to cottagecore decorating, soft and natural color palettes are definitely essential. If you choose those kind of colors with this aesthetic, it really brings a fun and happy mood into your space. That’s of course in my humble opinion. Pastel shades like blush pink, mint green, and baby blue are popular choices for walls and furniture for instance.

Earthy tones like beige, cream, and sage green can also create a calming and inviting feel. Incorporate these colors through paint, wallpaper, textiles, and accessories to “spread the color out” among your area.

But on the other hand, it’s advisable to avoid bold and vibrant colors, as they can disrupt the serene and nostalgic feel of cottagecore.

Beautiful living room with two checkered wingback chairs and a soft ambiance

Add Cozy Textures and Fabrics.

One of the key elements of cottagecore decorating is creating something that’s cozy and inviting. To get this feeling, use textures and fabrics that are soft and comforting. No one ever said no to relaxing in a cozy and comfy living room!

Get yourself some plush rugs, fluffy pillows, and cozy blankets to add warmth and comfort to your space. Look for natural materials like cotton, linen, and wool to enhance the rustic and organic feel of cottagecore. Incorporate these textures through curtains, upholstery, and decorative accents to create a space that feels cozy and inviting.

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Like always, Please comment below what you think about the cottagecore style and how you incorporated this into your own home.

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