What is Cottage Core house decorating? Here’s all you need to know about this viral decorating trend that’s popping up everywhere.
There are so many elements of Cottage Core that I love. From organic fabrics to romantic colors to vintage finds and so much more, it’s such a fun and satisfying way to decorate. Here are all the details.
There is a trend right now in decorating that’s going viral.
It started on TikTok and jumped to Instagram and Facebook and YouTube and then right into people’s homes.
It’s called Cottagecore.
And it’s so new it’s not even in the dictionary yet (even as I type this post, my spell checker is constantly correcting me.
You don’t need Merriam-Webster.
You have me.
I’ve got details and examples and definitions and at the end of this post you’ll know so much about Cottagecore you can drop it in conversation tonight over dinner.
But just between us? My favorite thing about this trend?
I was Cottagecore before Cottagecore WAS EVEN A THING.
But what is Cottagecore style decorating?
Here’s all you need to know.
What is Cottage Core House Decorating?
At its heart?
Cottage Core style decorating is everything I LOVE about decorating.
I’ve been decorating like this for years without any TikTok videos to guide me.
Cottage Core is all about surrounding yourself with things that celebrate nostalgia and home with European and vintage flair. It’s inspired by rural settings and decorating from the countryside and interpreting a simpler life.
It’s literally decorating how my mother tells me I live every day of my life.
Through a rose-colored lens.
Q: What are elements of Cottage Core house decorating
This room is my interpretation of Cottagecore.
Here are all the Cottage Core house elements from the space:
- My father’s desk–so much nostalgia from a time when everything was simpler
- This parquet floor—original to the house and it’s so timeworn and imperfect
- These layered rugs (they are both Buddy proof and SO AFFORDABLE)
- The basket full of flowers
- The cottage-style hutch
- The vase with simple greenery
- The woven baskets
- The neutral paint colors
- Simple elements like these drop cloth drapes
- The vase that Westleigh made for me in art class one year
- The vintage typeset drawers
And on and on and Cottagecore on.
Q: What are ways to incorporate Cottage Core into decor?
The best part about this style of decorating?
If you are like me?
You probably have so many elements already around your home.
- Pillows—tassels and fringe and woven elements that look like they just came off the loom
- Tufting—a key component of European decorating, but with a simple farmhouse flair
- Layering—I layered the rugs in this space to create a feeling of timelessness
- Throws—this ottoman has a storage compartment I used to store throws
- Colors—soft, layered colors with gentle hues and a romantic feel
Q: What are some basic principles of Cottage Core?
It’s all about timelessness. You know when you walk into a space and feel like the room has been there forever? Layers and layers of life that have all been well-lived.
That’s Cottage Core.
Here are a few key tenets of this style of decorating.
- comfort—steer clear of sharp edges and anything that’s not comfortable—you should sink into the chairs for example
- greenery—organic elements are an important part of any space—especially Cottage Core rooms
- vintage finds—I LOVE shopping at thrift stores and yard sales and every room should have thrift store elements
- unique materials—woven textiles and organic cotton and jute and raffia and cotton just to name a few
Q: What’s one thing I can do today to start decorating like this?
I could have written this post YEARS AGO at that farmhouse.
This is everything I decorate with and how I decorate and how I surround myself with things that I love.
I was Cottage Core before it was ever a twinkle in TikTok’s eye.
Here’s my best tip.
Start with what you already have and reimagine it. You can layer in new pieces and new finds (and I’m sharing some fun new finds and sourcing everything here at the end of the post). But start with what you already have.
For example, this vase?
Westleigh made it for me years ago.
It’s unusual and creative and made with love and it doesn’t really hold water, so I add branches and stems to it instead.
So let me know what you think?
What’s your opinion on this style of decorating?
Do you have a little Cottage Core house all around you and you didn’t even know it?
Please my wonderful, creative, amazing friend….
….come sit by me. 🙂
Source list for post:
- these wire and wood baskets
- these woven pillows
- these natural water hyacinth baskets
- this 5′ x 7′ washable rug
- this indoor/outdoor patterned rug
- this ceramic lamp with a gray shade
- this 13″ peperomia plant
- this set of four woven baskets
- this tufted ottoman with storage
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