In recent years, a design trend known as "cottagecore" has captured the hearts of many homeowners looking to infuse their living spaces with a sense of warmth, nostalgia, and natural beauty. If you're enchanted by the idea of creating this inviting atmosphere, even if you live in a high-tech, modern flat, then read on for inspiration and ideas on how to incorporate cottagecore design elements into your home.
Think about a charming and cosy little English cottage interior, that includes a mishmash of floral patterns, rustic furniture, and personal touches in natural materials, and you’re most of the way there – Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish homes are fantastic too! The cottagecore trend draws inspiration from the idea of an idyllic rural life, celebrating simplicity, nature, and a return to an old-fashioned lifestyle. It embraces the notion of slow living and encourages people to find solace and beauty in the little things.
One of the key aspects of cottagecore design is the use of natural materials to create a rustic and organic look. When selecting furniture and decor, opt for pieces made from wood, wicker, rattan, sisal or wrought iron. These materials evoke a sense of craftsmanship and add authenticity to your cottage interior design. For example, in the living room, consider a weathered wooden coffee table paired with a vintage armchair upholstered in floral fabric. In the dining area, a farmhouse-style wooden table with mismatched chairs can create a welcoming and lived-in look.
Cottagecore design celebrates the beauty of bygone eras and embraces the allure of vintage treasures. Incorporating antique or vintage pieces into your home adds character and a sense of history to your space. Think about displaying brass or copper pots or jelly moulds, enamelled bowls, Welsh love spoons, and Irish tweeds then visit charity shops, flea markets, or online marketplaces to discover unique finds that reflect the charm of yesteryears.
Vintage crockery displayed on open shelves in the kitchen, an old-fashioned chest of drawers or chairs in the bedroom, or a collection of vintage prints of rural scenes adorning the walls can instantly transport you to the enchanting world of cottagecore.
To infuse your home with the essence of cottagecore, embrace the abundance of floral prints and soft textiles like sheepskin rugs, woollen blankets, and crocheted or knitted pieces. Choose wallpapers, curtains, or upholstery featuring delicate floral patterns to create a sense of whimsy and femininity. The colours should be muted and inspired by nature, with pastel shades of sage green, dusty rose, or cornflower blue being popular choices.
Now that we've explored some of the key elements of cottagecore design, let's discuss how to incorporate this style into different rooms of your home. Whether you choose to transform your bedroom, living room, or kitchen, cottagecore design elements will infuse your space with an enchanting charm that embraces the simplicity and beauty of rural living.
Transform your bedroom into a cottagecore haven by incorporating a wrought iron bed frame adorned with billowing curtains. Opt for a floral duvet cover and drape a crochet throw blanket at the foot of the bed. Incorporate cushions in different textures and patterns, mixing floral prints with checks or stripes for a charmingly eclectic look.
Layer the room with soft linens, floral cushions, and vintage lace accents. Why not introduce a vintage dressing table with a distressed mirror and an array of glass perfume bottles for a touch of glamour?
Make your living room a cosy retreat by adding a distressed wooden bookshelf filled with your favourite novels and vintage treasures. Combine comfortable seating options, such as a plush sofa and upholstered armchairs, around a rustic coffee table. Soften the space with floral curtains, embroidered cushions, and a braided rug.
In the kitchen, opt for open shelving to display your collection of vintage crockery and mason jars filled with dried flowers. Add a rustic farmhouse table with mismatched chairs for family meals and gatherings. Enhance the cottagecore ambience with floral-printed tea towels and vintage-inspired kitchen accessories.
When it comes to flooring in cottagecore interiors, it's important to select materials that contribute to the overall rustic and natural look. Go for something that mimics the look of distressed or reclaimed wood but without the hassle of having to maintain it. We’d suggest the warm tones of oak or maple create a sense of tradition and authenticity, and our selection of vintage or aged laminate flooring would be a fantastic choice. Or consider an oak-effect luxury vinyl tile that looks like floorboards that have been there for years.
If you prefer a softer touch underfoot, consider incorporating vintage-inspired patterned rugs in muted colours, on top of a neutral beige carpet. Cottagecore interiors offer a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. By incorporating natural materials, vintage pieces, and floral prints into your home, you can create a space that exudes warmth, nostalgia, and tranquillity.
Embrace the cottagecore style with Tapi by popping into your local store and talking to one of our friendly floorologists. They’ll show you all the lovely flooring we have that will fit into your design ideas and recommend the best value-for-money ways to style your home.